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.

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.

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.