Inground vs. Above Ground

clock March 2, 2017 07:00 by author medallionpools |

Now that you have made the decision to install a swimming pool, the next big question is, Above Ground Pool or Inground Pool. This decision should be based on how long are you going to live in your current home, do you have drain field or septic tank that might interfere with construction, do you want a pool with an 8’ deep end for diving and finally the economic decision.

The Above Ground Pool can be round, rectangle or oval. Sizes may range from 15’ x 48” round up to 15’x 30’x 52” ovals or 16’ x 32’ rectangles. You need to lay out sizes in your yard to get a better idea of what will fit and what it will look like in your yard. When this pool is installed above ground, look at the options you have for entry way into the pool. Some of these are ladders and steps. Decide if you want a deck around part or all of your above ground pool.

The inground pool can be manufactured in virtually any size or shape to meet your budget. If you want a pool with an 8’ deep end, the size must be at least 16’ wide and 32’ long. This size pool will offer diving but very little room for games. Please take a look at some of our other blog posts on inground pools for a more thorough discussion of pool depths and shapes.

If you are looking for a traditional inground pool but your budget is more in line with an above ground pool, ask your local Medallion swimming pool dealer about the St. Croix Freedom Series. This pool is an above ground pool that can also be installed inground.



Why Buy A Swimming Pool

clock February 28, 2017 04:00 by author medallionpools |

Have you ever been to the beach on a holiday week or a holiday weekend? If so, do you remember the heavy traffic going and coming? Even gas lines in the service station were sometimes long. How about kids fighting in the car asking when are we going to get there?

Do you live in a subdivision with a community pool? On very hot days, you need to get there early to get a good location. Do you bring food and drinks for the kids or do you buy those items at the pool concession area. When kids have to go to the bathroom, do you think they all get out of the pool to go?

Now visualize July 4th. You have your bathing suit on, cold drinks, good food to snack on and you are walking into your own back yard to get into your very own pool. No traffic jams. No screaming children. No concession stands to fight the crowd. Swim and play at your leisure. Wow, would that not be great.

There is no better time than the present to contact your local Swimming Pool Dealer to arrange a visit. With the manufacturing techniques available today, a pool can be manufactured to fit anyone’s budget. Improve your quality of life and family togetherness with your own pool.



Spa Maintenance

clock February 16, 2017 07:00 by author medallionpools |


Spa maintenance is in most cases simple and straightforward. Keep the water balanced, sanitized, and filtered. In most spas it is also recommended to change the water every 4-6 months. 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. Now that you have made the decision to purchase your first spa, you need to treat the water chemically to eliminate bacteria. Your local pool dealer will be able to help you. Bring the dealer a sample of the water in your spa so they can test it. Maintaining the chemicals in the proper range will give you many years of enjoyment with your spa.

Some of the tests they do are to determine the levels of:

Chlorine, Bromine, BaquaSpa, or Salt

pH

Total Alkalinity

Stabilizer (if needed)

Calcium Hardness

The Calcium Hardness level is important to maintain in the range your local dealer suggest. If it gets too high, as water passes through the heating element, it will cause scale to build up and very soon your heating element will fail due to a chemical problem. This would not be something the spa manufacturer would cover under warranty.

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

Most spas also have a cartridge filter that needs to be kept clean and replaced on a regular basis. It’s a good idea to have a replacement filter on hand. The one that is dirty, you can soak overnight in a filter solution and put the other filter in to keep the spa operating.





Floating Chlorine Dispensers

clock February 14, 2017 07:00 by author medallionpools |

Are you using chlorine tablets (1” or 3”) or chlorine sticks in your pool? If you are what are you using to get this chlorine into your pool? You may be using a Floating Chlorine Dispenser or Chlorine Floater.

The Floater, as the word states, floats around your pool and tablets slowly dissolve. You do not have water passing thru it very fast to dissolve the tablets or sticks rapidly. This system may work perfectly well for many small pools, spas, or swim spas. However, once you start getting to mid to large size pools (and occasionally some smaller pools with heavy bather loads), your pool water could become cloudy, algae could grow and the liner could become very slick due to the chlorine being released too slowly. The warmer it gets, the more chlorine demand your pool needs and that demand will be hard to satisfy with a Floater.

If you are having problems maintaining your Chlorine residual with a floater and you want to continue using tablets then take a look at an automatic chlorinator. This unit can be plumbed into your return line which has water flowing through it going back into your pool. You can use either 1” or 3” tablets or chlorine sticks in the Chlorinator. The Chlorinator has a control value on it that can be adjusted. You can regulate the amount of chlorine getting into the pool.



Chlorine vs. Salt

clock February 2, 2017 10:00 by author medallionpools |

Now that you have made that decision to purchase a swimming pool, which sanitizer will you use? In addition to Chlorine or Salt, you have other choices but we will discuss those two here. Please remember that when using salt there is still Chlorine in your water, you are just generating it in a different manner. If you are allergic to Chlorine you cannot use a salt system.

If you decide to use Chlorine, you could use granular chlorine or chlorine tablets. Granular chlorine should go in the pool each day. Chlorine tablets are available in 3” and 1” sizes and you should put them into an automatic chlorinator. Chlorine tablets will tend to lower the pH level of your pool water and granular will tend to raise it.

With a salt system, you would use eight 40 lb. bags of salt per 10,000 gallons of pool water as an initial startup dosage when you first install it. You would add the salt directly into the pool and brushing off any that lays on the pool floor. If you do install a Chlorine Generator (salt system) you should also install a Zinc Anode. This will help prevent and/or lessen the impact of any galvanic reactions.

For those of you that have a spa, either of these sanitizers could also be used. They both are effective and your local Medallion pool dealer can discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each.