How to Maintain a Swim Spa

clock March 15, 2018 15:14 by author medallionpools |

Please remember that this article contains general information only and is not intended as a complete swim spa maintenance guide. Be sure to follow the instructions from your swim spas manufacturer.

Owning a swim spa offers years and years of activity, relaxation and good times spent at home with family and friends. However, swim spas must be properly maintained in order to continue providing enjoyment for years to come.

Importance of Maintaining a Swim Spa

Think of your swim spa as small body of water. If you and your family are using it to relax, exercise and socialize, you certainly want to know that the water is balanced, filtered and sanitized. Luckily, it’s not rocket science to maintain a swim spa, you just need to be armed with the know-how!  

Swim spa maintenance schedules depend on your specific swim spa model and accompanying manufacturer’s instructions. Generally speaking, most of the spa maintenance tips we suggest should be performed anywhere from once every few days to every several months depending on the specific task.

4 Swim Spa Maintenance Tips

1. Visual Water Check

Whether you use the swim spa every day or once a week, you should make it a habit of checking the water daily, especially during peak seasons of use. This doesn’t require much more than simply noticing changes in color or smell of the water.

Changes in the look or scent of the water can indicate a problem with the swim spa filtration system which is an easier fix the sooner it’s found.

2. Testing Swim Spa Water Chemistry

Chemically treating the water is critical to eliminating bacteria. You can easily test swim spa water yourself using test strips to determine calcium hardness, chlorination levels, pH, alkalinity and more.

It’s recommended to have your swim spa water tested from time to time by your local pool or spa dealer. They can then help you choose the best chemicals and solutions to use to maintain these levels within healthy, normal ranges.

3. Change the Swim Spa Filter

Replacing and cleaning your swim spa filter is another important maintenance task. Make sure to follow specific manufacturer’s instructions on how frequently to change the swim spa filter and what exact steps to take.

If your filter is replaceable, it’s smart to keep a second filter on hand so that while the one is being cleaned, you can install the new one for uninterrupted use.

4. Swim Spa Cover

The great thing about a swim spa is that it can be used 365 days a year! With that being said, how often you cover it is determined by the frequency in which you use the swim spa, and whether it’s installed inground, above ground or partially inground.

For example, if you don’t use your inground swim spa during the winter months, you will want to cover it not only for the sake of protecting it during off-season, but for safety reasons.

Related: Hot Tub & Swim Spa Water Maintenance

Easy Swim Spa Maintenance

When you buy a swim spa, you’re investing in your home and your family. Taking the proper steps to maintain a swim spa can be as easy as a regular check of the water, or seasonal maintenance like covering it with a safety cover. Swim spa maintenance depends on your model, frequency of use, climate and installation location.

For questions regarding how to maintain a swim spa, reach out to your local pool or spa dealer, or contact Medallion Pools now. We’ll make sure you are armed with the right information and tools to keep your swim spa is great shape!

Hot Tub & Spa Water Maintenance

clock March 1, 2018 11:17 by author medallionpools |

Please remember that this article contains general information only and is not intended as a complete spa care guide. Be sure to follow the instructions from your spa’s manufacturer.

Spa maintenance is based around keeping the water balanced, sanitized and filtered. All of the steps in spa maintenance are user-friendly, simple and straightforward. For most spas it is recommended to perform maintenance and change the water every 4-6 months.

Spa Maintenance Water Testing

The most important step in maintaining hot tubs and spas is chemically treating the water to eliminate bacteria. Your local pool and spa dealer will be able to help you test your spa water and determine the best chemical solutions to use. It’s not just getting the proper chemicals, but keeping them in the right range so you can get many years of enjoyment out of your hot tub.

When testing spa water, your dealer is determining the levels of the following:

 - Chlorine, Bromine, BaquaSpa, or Salt

 - pH

 - Total Alkalinity

- Stabilizer (if needed)

- Calcium Hardness

Calcium Hardness for Spas

Maintaining the range of calcium hardness your spa dealer suggests is very important. If it gets too high, scale will build up eventually causing your heating element to fail due to a chemical problem. This damage is typically not covered under warranty by the spa manufacturer.

pH Levels for Spas

pH levels that are too low, or too high, can cause damage to your spa and its heating element. High pH levels also lead to scale build up. Alkalinity acts as a buffer for the pH to help prevent rapid fluctuations. Stabilizer prevents sunlight from stripping chlorine, or bromine, out of your water.

Spa Filters

Most spas have a cartridge filter that must be kept clean and replaced regularly. It’s a good idea to have a replacement filter on hand. This way, when you’re soaking the dirty one in filter solution overnight, you have an extra to keep the spa operating and ready for use.

For questions on chemically treating hot tub and spa water, contact Medallion Pools or your local pool and spa dealer.

What Is a Portable Spa?

clock February 22, 2018 10:14 by author medallionpools |

What is a portable spa? The Association of Pool and Spa Professionals (APSP) defines a portable (self-contained) spa as “a factory-built spa in which all control, water heating and water circulation equipment is an integral part of the product”.


Portable Spa Benefits

We all know that relaxing in a hot tub or spa provides many benefits for the mind and body. A spa experience can reduce stress, relieve muscle tension, soothe sore joints and much more. Many people assume that portable spas require a big investment in time and money, when in fact those are some of the advantages of the product!

Affordable—With so many options available, there is something for your needs and budget.

Hassle free installation—Bring it home in a truck or trailer, and plug into a regular wall outlet.  

Ease of use—Fill with water, turn the heater on and climb on in!

Portable—Easily relocated if you move, or want to change where spa is set up.

Portable Spa Maintenance & Installation

As with any type of spa, the portable spa needs to be properly installed and maintained to meet your expectations and provide continued problem free usage. Balancing, sanitizing and filtering the water are just a few steps to spa maintenance. Luckily, it’s easy to keep your portable spa clean!

There are several sanitizer options for a portable spa. We suggest taking a sample of water to your spa dealer to have them determine which chemicals you need. It is also advisable to keep an extra filter cartridge on hand. While you are cleaning one, the other can be in the spa ready for use.


To learn more about the benefits of a portable spa, or for installation and maintenance tips, contact Medallion Pools or visit your local spa dealer.

Why Buy a Swim Spa

clock February 19, 2018 11:50 by author medallionpools |

Within the past years, the spa and pool family has had a new addition in the form of a swim spa.

Swim spas are miniature pools that allow you to swim in place either against a swim current or tether. These creative devices have become highly popular due to their size, versatility and health benefits.

Investing in a Swim Spa

Buying a swim spa is investing in yourself, your family, and your backyard. A swim spa offers a combination of entertainment, relaxation and exercise. Swim spas are the best of both worlds, giving you the comfort of a hot tub with the mobility and convenience you find in a swimming pool.

4 Reasons to Buy a Swim Spa

1. Healthy Living

Working out in a swim spa means getting all the benefits of health fitness in the convenience of your backyard. Swimming, or aquatic exercising, is a great cardio workout allowing every muscle to work in unison with less impact on joints. Swim spas help you maintain a productive and healthy training regimen at your own pace and convenience.

The benefits of exercising in a swim spa include:

- Increased mobility
-Reduced stiffness
- Eases muscle pain
- Prevents joint soreness
- Low impact form of exercise

2. Size

Although the idea of having a swimming pool in your backyard might be exciting, it will take up a great deal of space. Swim spas are significantly smaller and lighter than a cement pool.

Install it above ground or in-ground. Tuck it in the corner of a room, build into your deck, or create a sunroom oasis. Installation is extremely easy, and the location possibilities are endless. Buying a swim spa can save a big percentage of the costs of constructing and operating a pool.

3. Unlimited Function and Family Fun

With a swim spa, the integrated water current allows you to effectively swim, relax, rehab, and exercise as you would in a large pool. Regardless of where you live, you can use your miniature pool all year long, or just extend your swimming season into the spring and fall.

If you have children, you should consider buying a swim spa. Enjoy memorable bonding and fun times with your family, and know they are safe. While managing a larger pool might be time-consuming, a swim spa offers more flexibility because it requires less maintenance.

4. Portability

Above-ground swim spas are mobile and portable, which gives you the convenience of taking them with you when you move. Simply disassemble a few pieces and pack it away. This mobility also enables you to take it with you to a different area of your home where you like to spend most of your time.

Convenience & Versatility of Swim Spas

These four reasons only begin to scratch the surface of why buying a swim spa may be a great decision for your family. Start planning how you can purchase one with less hassle and less cost with Medallion Pools.

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What Is A Swim Spa

clock January 18, 2017 04:00 by author medallionpools |

Swim Spa with marble surround

A swim spa is the combination of a pool and a spa, in which you swim against a current of water or a harness. You will swim in place at your own pace and never have to touch the wall and turn around. Swim spas provide one of the best forms of exercise.

Swim spas are designed for the person who is not ready for a large swimming pool and/or thinks a normal spa is too small. They are ideal for people with a very small yard who want some water type exercise or just have something to float in and have a good time. Some models can even be installed indoors for year round use. The American Heart Association recommends 30-60 minutes of physical activity 3-4 days per week in order to help reduce a chance of heart disease, stroke or diabetes. A swim spa is a great way to do this at a very affordable price.

Swim spas are offered in different sizes. Some people may want to put one outside. Others will put one in their house, basement, or garage. A unit is available to fit your needs. If the unit does go inside, make sure you get a unit that can be assembled on site (such as the Medallion Ultra II). Medallion’s swim spa will come with a spa pack that offers an electric heater. Many other options are available. Some units offer walk in steps and benches. Additional jets can be added. LED lighting is also available.

Swim spas combine the aspects of swimming along with the benefits of water therapy you get from a spa in one unit, in a size that will fit your needs. Some units offer you the option of removing the spa pack with the electric heater and adding a gas heater.