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.





What Is A Portable Spa?

clock January 19, 2017 07:00 by author medallionpools |

Strong Portable Spa

What does the term Portable Spa mean? 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” (from ANSI/APSP/ICC-6 2013 1.2.1).

Ease of use, portability and hassle free installation are some of the reasons a portable spa is very popular. Various types of portable spas can be picked up by the customer, taken home and plugged into a regular wall outlet. Fill with water, turn heater on and in some cases it can be ready for use that same day.

As with any other type of spa, the portable spa needs to be properly installed and maintained to provide continued problem free usage and meet your expectations. Various types of sanitizers are available to you. We would suggest taking a sample of water to your spa dealer to have them check it to 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.



What To Look For In A Spa

clock December 8, 2016 07:00 by author medallionpools |

Now that you have made that decision to purchase a portable spa, how do you decide which one to purchase? That decision should be based on;

1. How many people will use the spa at one time?

2. Do you want a spa with just seats or add a lounger?

3. Would you like one lounger or two in your spa?

4. Where do you plan to place your spa?

5. How many jets do you want and do you want jets on your neck, back and legs?

You can do some homework online by checking out different spa models. A spa is something you need to see in person. Go visit your local Medallion pool & spa dealer. The dealer should have spas on the showroom that you can get into that do not have water in them. Make sure it is deep enough and comfortable for you.

Some spa models are available you can purchase, load on your truck or trailer, take home add water and get in. No electrician is needed to wire the spa into your panel box. These spas will come with a cord and GFCI designed to plug into your wall outlet. Do you have a hard to get to location in mind for your spa in your home? No problem, purchase the FunTub model designed to be assembled on site. These are available 42” deep and in round and octagon.



Fall Is A Great Time Of The Year To Consider A Spa

clock October 18, 2016 11:00 by author medallionpools |

The wonderful therapy of warm water on your body thru the many jets offered in a portable spa is great for the mind and body. Have a hard day at work? Kids making it hard to get a good night sleep? Joints or muscles sore? No better way to unwind than in your own spa.

Many sizes and depths are available. Some units offer water falls, LED lights, radio, TV. The options are unlimited. Many portable spas are available with a lounger or just individual seating. The jet action of the water can be controlled by the spa pack control panel which is convenient to get to. The spa pack with the heater will offer you that warm water you are looking for.

If you have a hard to get to location in your home that you would like to install a portable spa, then consider the units that you can purchase and assembly onsite. Some of these are large enough two people can lie on a 6’ float. Some are even large enough that 8 – 10 people can be in it and have room.

Many chemical options are available to make your spa experience almost maintenance free. Talk to your local dealer to learn about these options. You can even us a salt system in a portable spa. Why wait any longer. No better time than the present to start your search.



What Is BaquaSpa?

clock October 29, 2015 08:00 by author medallionpools |

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You have quite a few chemical option choices to use for your spa. The system we will discuss today is the BaquaSpa Water Care System. BaquaSpa is not a bromine or chlorine program. This system is more gentle on your eyes and skin. The products in this system are liquid. In a chlorine or bromine system, the use of these products causes pH changes. The BaquaSpa program does not affect pH.

This is a very simple system to use consisting of three basic products.

  1. BaquaSpa Waterline Control- That stain you might get along the water line from sweat, body fluids, etc. is preventing by using this product.
  2. BaquaSpa Oxidizer- This product has hydrogen peroxide which is designed to keep your spa water clear and eliminating any organic compounds These compounds cause cloudy water.
  3. BaquaSpa Sanitizer with Stain & Scale Control- this product is the main product of the three. This product will sanitize the water and kill bacteria. This product will also help protect against staining of your spa due to metals that might get in the water. It is more stable then chlorine or bromine and last longer in the water.

Be sure to take samples of your spa water to your local BaquaSpa dealer so the water can be tested to determine what other BaquaSpa chemicals might be needed. The three listed above consist of the three part program and are needed on a regular basis as called for on the label.

If you are starting your spa for the first time or just adding fresh water, here are the suggested amounts to use of these three products based on the spa having 350 gallons of water;

BaquaSpa Waterline Control- 3 ½ ozs.

BaquaSpa oxidizer- 7 ozs.

BaquaSpa Sanitizer- 2 ozs.

Remember to also keep a clean filter and replace when necessary. Spa water should always be maintained at a temperature of no more then 104 degrees or less. Temperature higher than that is very dangerous for your health and any small children. As always, be sure to follow all of the directions and obey all safety warnings when dealing with any chemicals.