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.




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.



Winterizing Your Pool – Part 2

clock September 14, 2017 16:29 by author medallionpools |

 

pentair superflo pump

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.

Pool winterizing resources are available in several parts. This second installment deals mainly with the area around the pump and filter.

pentair drain plugoring lubricant

1. Remove all drain plugs from the pool equipment. Do not reinstall your drain plugs until spring. This includes your pump, filter, heater, chlorinator, and any other equipment within the plumbing system. Consult your owner’s manuals for their locations. Lubricate all plugs and o-rings with o-ring lubrican

 2. Open the strainer basket cover. Clean the basket and replace. Put your drain plugs and o-rings in the basket. Lubricate the o-ring on your strainer housing with o-ring lubricant and replace the lid.

 3. Once all of your equipment has been properly winterized according to the manufacturer’s specifications, make sure all plumbing lines are appropriately winterized based on the requirements of your geographic location.

pentair sd80 filter

  1. Place the multi-port valve in a neutral position for the winter. This is either between any two grooves, or the “winterize” position if one is indicated on your multi-port valve.

  2. If you have a Nature2 Express, remove the cartridge.

  3. If you have an automatic chlorinator, drain it, remove the tablets (be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions for safe chemical handling), thoroughly rinse with fresh water and replace the lid, but leave it loose enough to allow any gases to escape.

  4. If you have a salt water pool, disconnect the cell part of the salt system, unplug it from the power center and bring it indoors for the winter. Make sure to follow the manufacturer’s directions on cleaning it for the winter.

  5. If you have an automatic cleaner that uses hoses to attach to your skimmer (such as a Baracuda), take all of the hoses apart and store them straight. Do not coil hoses or they will not work next spring.

Related: Swimming pool equipment maintenance tips

Note:

  • Filters, pumps and heaters can take up to 30 days to completely drain. Do not wait until freezing weather is predicted to drain your filter, pump and heater. If you wait, it will be too late.

  • Winterizing procedures on pumps, filters and heaters vary. Always refer to owner’s manual for your particular make and model.

  • Some pumps, filters and heaters may have more plugs and drain valves. See your owner’s manual for complete details.


Every area of the country is different and may require additional steps and precautions. Please contact us or check with your local pool store for location-specific winterizing tips.



Winterizing Your Pool – Part 1

clock September 8, 2017 14:45 by author medallionpools |

swimming pool skimmer plug

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: Swimming Pool Chemical Safety Tips

Pool winterizing resources are done in several parts. The first part deals mainly with the area around the pool itself.

  1. Vacuum your pool thoroughly. Remember, the cleaner your pool is when you close it, the easier it will be to open it.
  2. Clean your filter only with a chemical filter cleaner that is suitable with your pool sanitizer. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions, and the instructions on the cleaner label, for the proper procedure.
  3. It is highly advised that you purchase a winterizing chemical kit compatible with the sanitizer you are using in your pool. Whatever chemical system you use, you must make sure your pool water is chemically balanced. Do not leave chlorine on the liner unless you want it bleached. Then add the appropriate amount of algaecide to your pool based on product instructions.
  4. Remove and properly store the ladder, rails, diving board, slide, and any other deck items from around your pool.
  5. Bring the water level up to at least your normal summertime water level. For in-wall skimmers it is highly recommended that you purchase a Skimmer Plug and a Gizzmo to protect your skimmer from freezing.
  6. swimming pool skimmer gizzmoInstall the Skimmer Plug and (using the Waste setting on your multiport valve) suck the water out of your skimmer. This should only take a few seconds.
  7. Install the Gizzmo in the skimmer and then fill the bottom portion of your skimmer half way with a non-toxic antifreeze solution. Keep checking this throughout the winter.
  8. If you have a dry niche light (such as the Lumi-O) it is not unusual for your light boxes to fill with water over the winter months. It is a good idea to remove your bulb from your light and coat the light socket with WD-40. It is also not unusual for the light boxes to fill with water even during the summer months. This is considered an act of God and the amount of frequency upon which it happens depends on the amount of rain you have and the speed in which your ground can absorb water. If this is your case, you should also coat your light socket with WD-40 during the summer months as well. If you have water in your boxes in the summer months you can put a cover pump in your light box periodically and remove the water. swimming pool with water tube cover
  9. Cover the pool. If you are using a safety cover, refer to owner’s manual for the proper installation procedure. If you are using a winter cover that requires water tubes, use the following instructions:
    • Instead of resorting to concrete blocks (which are NOT recommended) to hold down the cover, choose a Water Tube cover, they are inexpensive. Do not stretch the cover. Let it sit loosely around the coping.
    • Fill the water tubes only halfway to allow for freezing.
    • It is completely normal for poly covers to leak water through the top. These covers will not always seal 100%. It is even better for your cover if you keep a thin layer of water on it.

Related: 6 Things To Do With Your Pool This Winter

Every area of the country is different and may require additional steps and precautions. Please contact us or check with your local pool store for location-specific winterizing tips.



Vinyl Liner Maintenance

clock August 11, 2017 13:23 by author medallionpools |

 

The vinyl liner in your pool very durable, designed to give you many years of enjoyment. Proper water chemistry is critical to the life of your liner. While the title of this article is Vinyl Liner Maintenance, the bad maintenance practices outlined here will also cause problems for concrete and fiberglass pools.

Related: Vinyl pools vs. Fiberglass pools

When using granular chlorine, if you pour a cup in one location, it could fall to the bottom and bleach the liner. That bleach area will start to become very thin and develop holes. Your liner will then start to lose water. Broadcast it slowly around your pool and brush off any that falls to the bottom. Be sure to follow all safety instructions found on the label.

If you use chlorine tablets and do not use a chlorine feeder and put them in your skimmer basket, your liner might bleach just below the skimmer and become very thin, then start to leak. You should use a chlorine feeder for these tablets. Tablets will tend to lower the pH and Alkalinity levels of your pool water. Your liner will lose its elasticity if levels remain low. The liner may also become brittle and could split.

You should have your local pool dealer check your swimming pool water on a regular basis so you can maintain proper levels. Test strips are also available for you to use if you are not close to a pool store. We have stories of customers who still have their original liner from over 25 years ago. You may also be able to do this with proper care and water chemistry.

Contact us, or reach out to your local Medallion pool dealer for more information.