The Gizzmo

clock September 28, 2017 14:12 by author medallionpools |

The Gizzmo

The Gizzmo is designed to absorb the expansion of water freezing in the skimmer of your swimming pool. It is an American made product. There are currently three types of Gizzmo: Regular, Super, and Super Duper Ultra.

The Regular Gizzmo is 9 inches long and installs in short skimmers. These skimmers are found on most above ground pools and some inground pools. It has 1-1/2 inch threads and a bar to grip on top for easy installation and removal.

The Super Gizzmo is 16 inches long and is designed for deep skimmers. These skimmers are found on most inground swimming pools and some above ground pools. It has both 1-1/2 inch and 2 inch threads. This allows one product to fit multiple types of skimmers. It also has the same bar grip as the Regular Gizzmo.

The Super Duper Ultra Gizzmo is the same size and has all the same features as the Super Gizzmo but with an added feature. It contains an integrated blowout tube. This allows you to use compressed air to blow the water out of your skimmer lines should that be necessary for your pool.

Related: 6 Things To Do With Your Pool This Winter

For all models, use Teflon tape on the threads for a professional seal. Teflon tape is a very thin white tape used to wrap threads on pipe and fittings to improve the seal. Gizzmo’s are designed for single season use and are recyclable.

For more information on Gizzmos, contact Medallion Pools or your local 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.



Swimming Pool Controls And Automation

clock July 5, 2017 11:36 by author medallionpools |

http://www.medallionpools.com/blogengine2/image.axd?picture=2015%2f5%2f20140707_0093-Recovered-2.jpgAre you thinking about installing a swimming pool, but wondering where the equipment will go and how you’ll find the time to learn how to use it? Automation is your answer. You can schedule the control of your pool or spa right from your house. Systems that are on the market are designed for ease and simplicity.

Your pool pump, heater, salt system and spa can be wired into the Automation System. You can even add a wireless remote or use your smart phone. No more trips out to the pump to turn it on and off - do it from inside your home. Want the spa hot and ready for you when you get home from work? Use your phone to turn up the temperature. The type of system you will need will depend on what type of pool or spa equipment you have. Your swimming pool dealer will be able to provide this answer.

Related: Basic Pool Maintenance

Systems are designed to operate a pool, spa, or both. Push a button from inside your house to warm up your pool or spa so they’re ready for you when you need that time to relax. Lights for pool or spa or both can also be added to these systems. Special valves with powered actuators can be added to turn on the water to your slide, waterfall, step jets, or any other water feature.

Some of these systems have built in diagnostics to let you know all systems are functioning correctly or what needs to be corrected. These systems also have built in programmable features. These systems are designed to free up your time and give you more time to relax and unwind. See your swimming pool dealer or contact us to learn more today.



Zinc Anode

clock June 15, 2017 07:00 by author medallionpools |

The in-line zinc anode is attached to the bonding wire, thereby protecting all metal parts (heaters, lights, rails, etc.) from galvanic corrosion. Zinc anodes will sacrifice themselves and corrode before all other metals in the pool. Zinc anodes need to be replaced approximately every 4-5 years on average.  Many factors can affect how quickly it will need to be replaced.  We have encountered some pools where the zinc anode had to be replaced every year.

Any time you have different metals (copper, stainless steel, etc.) in a salt water pool, you create a battery. Some amount of current flows between the metals. The electrons that make up the current are supplied by one of the metals, giving up bits of itself in the form of metal ions to the pool water. This is called galvanic corrosion. Galvanic corrosion causes plaster discoloration and metal erosion. The best way to inhibit the effect of galvanic corrosion is to use a zinc anode. Zinc is a metal that gives up its metal ions faster than other metals in the pool. In other words, the zinc anode will erode instead of other metals (pool light, rails, heater, light niche, ladder, etc.). The zinc ions will not discolor the pool plaster. The zinc anode should be replaced after half of it has eroded.

Galvanic corrosion can also occur pools that do not use salt water. Any stray electrical current around the pool area can cause it. Also, many localities are now requiring that the pool water be bonded. The inline zinc anode also performs this function.

This article is courtesy of the Pool Tool Company (www.pooltool.com). Here is a link to their zinc anode brochure (http://pooltool.com/images/catalog/brochurePrint.zip )



Automatic Chlorinators

clock May 16, 2017 08:30 by author medallionpools |

The automatic chlorinator is a very efficient way to chlorinate your pool with large or small Trichlor tablets or Bromine slow-dissolving tablets to make sanitizing your pool or spa easy and automatic. If you do not have this unit, your options are;

1. Put the tablets in a floater

2. Put the tablets in the skimmer basket

3. Put the tablets in the pump basket

Any one of these three options will present you with a problem. The use of a floater is the lack of the ability to get the proper amount of chlorine in your pool. Since you do not have water flowing into the floater to dissolve the tablets, your pool water is going to be usually low in chlorine with the result being green water and algae build up.

When you place the tablets into your skimmer basket, they dissolve very quickly and it becomes very difficult to maintain the proper amount of chlorine in the pool. It can also deteriorate your skimmer basket and the seals and o-rings on your pump and filter. If you turn the pump off, chlorine will flow back into your pool causing a white stain in front of your skimmer.

If you place the tablets into your pump basket, they are also dissolving very quickly here and chlorine levels could be too high. This also will cause your pump seal to start leaking and your o-rings to wear out quickly with possible pump damage.

The automatic chlorinator is installed after the filter in the water return line going to the pool. It should be the last thing the water goes through before returning to your pool. These units are completely enclosed systems – no escaping fumes. Simple, trouble-free designs with no special venting required. Top loading makes it easy to add chemicals. You remove the lid and place the tablets inside. There is a control knob with different settings that will let you control the amount of chlorine being released into your pool. Note that every pool is different and you will need to adjust the settings based on your particular pool. Automatic chlorinators save time, reduce manual handling of chemicals and take the work and worry out of keeping your pool sparkling clean and ready to use.