How to Shop for a Swimming Pool

clock March 15, 2018 10:42 by author medallionpools |


Now that you have made the decision to purchase a pool, the choice is whether it will be an above ground pool or an inground swimming pool. If you want a pool with a deep end for diving, the pool will need to be inground. If you’re more interested in playing games, like volleyball, you can choose either an inground or above ground swimming pool.


Deciding Between Above Ground & Inground Swimming Pools

Visit your local pool dealer’s showroom, or the Medallion Pools showroom to see all the options. Swimming pool experts can help you find a pool that fits your budget and yard conditions. There could be several options for installation both inground and above ground, so the choice is yours. If you have a slope in your yard, you can choose to install the swimming pool partially inground as well.

Related: Vinyl liner swimming pools vs. fiberglass swimming pools


Investing in a Swimming Pool

We hear customers all the time share how much they want a pool, but are afraid it’s out of their budget. Don’t ever think you can’t afford a pool. Times have changed, and pool manufacturers are now offering pool products to every customer’s budget. If your preference is an above ground swimming pool, you will find many quality options to fit your needs.

If you prefer an inground pool, these can also be designed to fit your yard and your budget. Vinyl liner pools are the most affordable inground option. You get a much larger pool, with more features, when compared to a fiberglass or concrete with the same budget.


Visit Medallion Pools Showroom today to see for yourself all of the inground and above ground pool options available in your budget.



How to Extend Your Swimming Season

clock January 29, 2018 11:30 by author medallionpools |

Are you anxious to open your pool early this spring? Do you find it harder each year to put the cover over your inground swimming pool? Are the kids begging you not to do it yet? If so, you can extend your swimming time by adding an electric pool heater.

Pool heaters can easily be installed by your pool company. The type of heater you will need depends on a few factors including the pool volume, in gallons, as well as whether you’re interested in gas or electric. Gas heaters can either be propane or natural gas. Electric heaters have the ability to also cool water.

Your local Medallion dealer can discuss these heater options with you. When you add the heater, it is a good idea to also invest in a solar cover to keep water warm. Pool water can cool off quickly at night, and a cover will slow down that process. Solar covers are lightweight and inexpensive.


Gas Pool Heaters vs. Electric Pool Heaters

If you have a pool that holds 20,000 gallons of water, you might look at a 300,000 BTU gas heater (British Thermal Unit) heater. If you want to heat that same size pool quicker, look at a 400,000 BTU gas heater. The heater will cost a little more with your initial purchase, but you will save in gas usage because it heats faster.

Related: Winter swimming pool tips

Depending on the model of gas pool heater you choose, you’ll need the fuel source. Hooking up a propane tank is a very easy way to get the gas connection. If you go with a natural gas heater, you will want to get a plumber to establish the gas connection to your home gas meter.

An electric heat pump is more energy efficient, but the initial cost is greater than a gas heater. If your pool gets too hot in the height of the summer, check out a heat pump that both heats and cools. These units keep you refreshed on hot summer days, but warm you up in cooler temperatures.

Get the most out of swimming season this year
With a heater in your pool, there’s no reason to close it early! In fact, it enables you to swim earlier each year and extend your swimming season even longer. Contact Medallion Pools, or your local Medallion swimming pool dealer, to learn all about the different types of pool heater options.



Winterizing Your Pool – Part 3

clock September 21, 2017 10:19 by author medallionpools |

inground pool with safety cover

We wanted to give you a few basic tips on how to winterize your vinyl liner inground swimming pool. Please note that this is generic information, not intended as a complete winterizing guide. Every pool is different so please be sure to follow specific instructions in your owner’s manual. If you have any questions pertaining to how to winterize your swimming pool, or other equipment, the company you purchased from should be more than happy to help.

When using any chemicals, be sure to follow the manufacturer's instructions and safety precautions. They are there for a reason.

Related: Types of Winter Swimming Pool Covers

Pool winterizing resources are available in several parts. This third installment deals mainly with what to do during the winter.

  • It is normal to add water to your pool throughout the winter months due to evaporation. Lift your cover often, check your water level and add as necessary.

  • If your cover is waterproof, water will accumulate on the top from winter rain. When the water level reaches 1 to 2 inches in depth, then it is time to pump most of it off. It is recommended to leave a film of water on water tube type covers to keep them from whipping about in the wind. When you pump the water off your cover make sure you replace the water in the pool with a garden hose while you are pumping the cover off. If you do not keep your water level up high then there is a good possibility that your liner will float and wrinkles could develop on the bottom and/or sides of your liner. A shifting of the bottom can also occur.

  • Do not try to break the ice on your cover. The sharp edges might cut the cover.

  • Start the motor at least once each month for no more than 3 seconds. This will help prevent scale from accumulating and binding up the impeller and motor shaft.

  • Again, never drain the water from your pool and always keep your water level high. Remember when you pump water off your cover always have a garden hose filling your pool at the same time at the same rate as you are pumping your cover off.

It is very difficult to cover every detail that is required to winterize a swimming pool. We hope we have covered most of the items in these articles. If you have any additional questions or concerns visit your local pool store, your installer, or your pool’s manufacturer. This set of instructions is designed as a general guide only. Every pool is unique and has individual requirements for winterization.

Related: 6 Things To Do With Your Pool This Winter

Medallion neither makes nor implies any guarantee that by following these instructions you will halt all chances of a floating liner, cracked or frozen skimmer, cracked or frozen pump, cracked or frozen heater, cracked or frozen filter, cracked or frozen plumbing, etc. These are all considered acts of God and it is the responsibility of the homeowner to prevent these events from happening. 

For more swimming pool winterizing tips, contact us or your local swimming pool dealer.



Swimming Pool Filter Multi-Port Valves

clock August 24, 2017 10:03 by author medallionpools |

The multi-port valve may be attached on the top or on the side of your DE or sand filter. Six main functions are controlled with this valve plus one winterizing function. Please keep in mind that this article is for general information purposes only. Be sure to read your filter’s manual and follow the manufacturer’s instructions.

Multi-Port Valve Functions
1. Filter
2. Backwash
3. Rinse
4. Recirculate
5. Close
6. Waste

The normal operating mode will be in the filter position. Water from the swimming pool is going thru the filter and being cleaned and returning to the pool. You can vacuum your pool in the filter position. The debris from the pool goes into the filter. When you complete the vacuum process, remove your cleaning equipment and turn the pump off. Place the multiport handle in the backwash position. Turn pump on. Water will go out the backwash hose and fill up the sight glass on side of the value. When it is clear, turn pump off and put valve in rinse function. Turn pump on for about 20 seconds. This clears debris from plumbing lines inside the filter.

Related: Winterizing your swimming pool

If you have periods of heavy rain and notice the water level of your pool is getting very high, turn the pump off and place the multiport handle in the waste position. Turn pump on. This bypasses the filter and lets water go directly out the backwash hose. You can also vacuum your pool in this position if your pool has a lot of water, or you have a lot of dirt in the bottom of the pool you don’t want to vacuum into your filter media. The re-circulate function bypasses your filter and might be used when you use floc or alum in your pool (to clear up a cloudy pool).

Check your pump’s strainer basket weekly (at the minimum) to remove any leaves or debris. Depending on the conditions around your pool you may need to check it more often. When you open the lid to remove the basket, you are letting air in your plumbing lines. Place the multiport handle in the closed position first might help keep more water in your plumbing lines. Take it off of closed and go back to filter before you turn pump on.

For more helpful inground swimming pool tips, see your local Medallion pool leader, or contact us.