Swimming Pool Chemical Safety Tips

clock May 26, 2016 07:00 by author medallionpools |

When using any chemical products always read the labels carefully and follow directions precisely. Chemicals protect you when they are used correctly in your pool or spa. Here are some generic safety precautions, but please always read and follow the label directions.

1. Use exact quantities specified, not more. Do not overdose.

2. Don’t mix chemicals together unless the directions say it is ok. Add products separately if instructions do not say ok to mix.

3. Don’t add water to chemicals. Add chemicals to water.

4. Handle all chemicals, liquid or dry, with care. Store products in a cool, dry, well- ventilated area.

5. Always keep chemical containers closed when not in use.

6. For products requiring measuring, use a clean, plastic scoop (or scoop provided in container). Do not interchange scoop or place wet scoop in any chemical containers.

7. A responsible person should handle pool chemicals. Keep out of reach of children.


8. Don’t inhale fumes or let chemicals come in contact with your eyes, nose, mouth or skin.

9. In case of contact or if chemical is swallowed, follow emergency advice on product label and call doctor or local poison control center.

10. Don’t allow chemicals to stand on grass or landscaping.

11. Don’t smoke around chemicals.

12. Many chemicals such as chlorine are corrosive and should not be stored near metal products like bicycles, lawn mowers, cars, etc.

Water Returns Slowly To My Pool

clock May 24, 2016 07:00 by author medallionpools |

A swimming pool has a skimmer where the pool water goes into and from there into the filter and then back to the pool thru the return wall fitting. Have you noticed your return water flow is not as strong as it used to be? What could be causing this?

If you have a Cartridge Filter, when was the last time you changed or cleaned your filter? If you have a DE Filter, have you checked the grids inside lately? If you have a Sand Filter, when was the last time you changed or cleaned your sand? If you have maintained your filter properly, then this might not be your problem.

When you vacuum your pool, do you use a Skimvac that fits over top of your skimmer basket? By using this Skimvac, the basket can stay in place and trap any leaves or debris. If you do not use the Skimvac, you may have some debris trapped in the impeller of the motor in your swimming pool pump. This impeller has to rotate so many revelations per minute. Leaves and debris will slow this movement.

Slow water flow does not mean your swimming pool pump is going bad. You need to check the impeller, the skimmer and strainer baskets and even your plumbing lines. When the water flow slows down, the filter and these other items need to be checked. Something is restricting the flow of water back to the pool. In most cases, this is simply an issue with a dirty filter or baskets, so check those first.

What Is A Skimvac

clock April 5, 2016 07:00 by author medallionpools |

This item is used when you vacuum a swimming pool. In order to manually vacuum a pool, you need these items; telescopic pole, vacuum hose, and vacuum brush. The Skimvac is the extra item that will make this process easier and save your equipment. They can also be used with suction side automatic vacuums.

Most people that own a swimming pool, remove their skimmer basket when they vacuum their pool and insert the end of the vacuum hose into the port in the bottom of the skimmer. If you are cleaning your pool this way, you could potentially cause a plumbing problem or a pump problem. Any leaves or other debris in your pool that you pick up with the vacuum brush are now going directly into your plumbing lines and possibly into the impeller of your pump. This could clog your plumbing lines and cause your impeller not to rotate and the pump would not work.

When you use the Skimvac, you will leave the basket in your skimmer and place this item directly over the basket. The vacuum hose goes into the opening on the Skimvac. The size skimvac you will need will depend on what skimmer you have. Your local Medallion swimming pool dealer should be able to help you find the skimvac you need. When you finish cleaning your pool, just empty the skimmer basket. No more worry about clogging your plumbing lines or having to remove trash from your pump.

Vermiculite Vs. Pre-formed Styrofoam Coves

clock March 1, 2016 07:00 by author medallionpools |

A cove is a required for almost all standard liners when installing and above ground vinyl liner swimming pool. You can either form the cove out of the base material (which is usually vermiculite) or you can purchase pre-formed coves made of Styrofoam. Certain types of sand are used in some cases as the base for the pool liner. Check your liner manufacturer’s recommendations first.

Pre-formed coves are easier to use. As the name implies, they are already the correct shape, you just need to install them. The disadvantage here is that they are one shape and size and only that one shape and size. If you are installing a properly sized liner under ideal conditions this does not present any problems. The next question is, now often have you ever really done anything in ideal conditions.

With vermiculite, you can change the size and proportions of the cove as needed to fit your conditions. Are you installing the liner on a cool day or without a lot of sunlight on the pool? In many cases you can compensate by building up your cove since the liner will not stretch as much. If a section of the pool has a different shape and the cove needs to be adjusted for that you can do it with vermiculite. Pre-formed coves cannot. Also, in most cases using the pool base material to make your own cove is more cost effective.

While pre-formed coves have their place, in most cases vermiculite is more cost effective and a better fit.

How To Get A Building Permit To Install A Swimming Pool

clock February 9, 2016 08:00 by author medallionpools |

Now that you have made that decision to purchase either and Above Ground Pool or In-Ground Pool, you will need to get a building permit. Your local Medallion pool dealer can help you with this process. Let’s discuss some of the details involved in getting that permit. The information here is generic in nature and may not apply to all localities. Consult your local building inspections department for complete details of their requirements.

You will need to do a sketch or take a plat of your property to the local building department. This sketch will show the location of your pool and the distance from your property line in all four directions. The applications you will need are one for the permit for the pool, one for the barrier or fence, and one for the electric. These are now available online from most local county building departments. The pool dealer should be able to supply you with engineering drawings of your pool. In some cases there may be an additional charge for these drawings depending on local requirements.

You, as the homeowner can get your own permit. The county usually has an affidavit you sign that states you are not a contractor needing a license to get this permit. Since most of the time, the pool installer is not doing the electric or the fence; the homeowner should get the permit. You may hire separate people to do the fence and electric. The pool installer will call his inspection in and the electric and fence installers will call their inspections in.

If you live in an area that has a well or septic tank with drain lines, you will need to let the county know the distance from the well or septic tank and drain field to your pool. The county will also require you to be a certain distance from the property lines and/or easements. You can check with your local building official to gets these requirements. The permit process is very easy and the county will be glad to help you. Your Medallion pool dealer will also help you with this process.