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.



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.



What Options Do I Want To Add To My Pool?

clock August 17, 2017 10:47 by author medallionpools |

 

Now that you have made the decision to install an inground vinyl liner swimming pool, you have many decisions to make!

Deep end options
You may want to install a Swimout or In Pool Seat. One item would take the place of an 8’ panel and the other a 6’ panel. The Swimout is 8’ in length and you have room to sit in, lean back in and steps to exit the pool. The In Pool Seat is 6’ and designed for two people to sit in. Both of these items extend beyond the pool edge.
All of the above options are also available in a version that is covered by the pool liner. This gives you a more built in look.

Shallow end options
Maybe you don’t care for the normal white entryway step. This can be replaced by liner steps that can fit into the corner, extend the width of the pool, or in the center of the shallow end. The top liner step can also be manufactured larger to make a sun lounger area.

Pool shape & size
Pool shape and size is only limited by your imagination. Most liner manufactures now have equipment in place to do just about any size or shape you want. The many different shapes are referred to by manufacturers differently, but may include Rectangle, Grecian, Lazy L, True L, Freedom Lake, Chesdin, 4’ Radius Corners, 2’ Reverse Radius Corners, etc. You no longer have to settle for the box shape pool.

Related: What size and shape pool should you install?

Pool lighting
Some manufacturers offer a Dry Niche Light. This light will have a lid like a skimmer and you get to the light bulb by lifting the lid from your pool deck. This type of light will use a regular flood light bulb. A LED version is also available with over 10 color combinations. The LED light offers a remote similar to how you’d use gas logs.

Discuss these design options and more with your local Medallion Pool Dealer or contact us.