What is Synergy?

clock August 23, 2016 09:30 by author medallionpools |

Synergy may be a new name for you in sanitizers. It has been around for several years and was previously known as Simplicity, but most people either go with the granular chlorine, tablet chlorine, or have switched to the salt system (an extremely easy to use system that you can read more about by clicking here). While all of those are good, the Synergy System is a 3 step process to start then it is a very simple 2 step process, once a week treatment. Almost all customers that have tried the Synergy System are highly satisfied. They like the ease of use, water clarity, cost effectiveness and the all in a box packaging.

There is a large reduction of problems with the Synergy System. Your water is less cloudy and it reduces algae. You also use very little PH and Alkalinity as compared to other sanitizing systems. This System means a lot less work for you.

When you start the season you will add Initiator directly to your skimmer. IMPORTANT: If you have been on Baquacil or any other chemical that does not have a chlorine base in it you must get all of that chemical out of your pool first. It takes one 12.5 lb bottle per 10,000 gallons of water in your pool. This should last you for a typical swimming season of approximately 4 months. If you keep your pool open longer you may have to add it again. A large box of Synergy is made for pools of approximately 20,000 gallons and should last up to 10 weeks. After 2 weeks which gives the Initiator time to circulate in you pool, you should take a sample of water to your pool store to have it tested for the proper dosage of initiator. You need to have a 1.0-1.5 ppm sanitizer (free chlorine) level. If everything is correct then it’s time to start the Synergy System.

The large box contains 2 large containers of Synergy Tablets, 10 - 1 lb. bottles of Synergy Clear and test strips. You simply put the tablets in a floater or an automatic chlorinator once a week. Then you pour the clear into the pool at a rate of ½ a bottle per 10,000 gallons of water in your pool. That’s it. It’s only once a week. The Synergy System is easier on your liner, clothes and hair. The Synergy System also helps to eliminate most of the irritating chloramines and other contaminants that bother the swimmer’s eyes and nose and the water feels very soft on your skin. Then relax and enjoy your pool with sparkling clear water, less maintenance and less maintenance chemicals.



What Is Total Alkalinity And How Does It Affect A Pool Or Spa?

clock August 11, 2016 07:00 by author medallionpools |

GLB Alkalinity Up

Total Alkalinity is the measure of all of the alkaline substances that can be found in your pool or spa. Your main focus when dealing with Total Alkalinity is to measure your calcium carbonate, keeping your calcium carbonate in a safe range will help with the up keep of your pool and much more. Your Total Alkalinity should be keep between 80ppm (parts per million) and 120 ppm. When your Total Alkalinity is in this range it will prevent rapid pH changes in your pool or spa as well. It really helps to stabilize the pH.

If your Total Alkalinity is low there are many things that this could do to your pool or spa. With it being low it can corrode metal parts that are in the pool or spa, for example your steps, hand rails, pumps, etc. It can also stain the pools walls and floors, and make the water green. On top of all that it will also cause your eyes to burn and can cause your pH to bounce seemingly at random.

If your Total Alkalinity is to high it really makes it difficult to adjust the pH levels in the pool or spa. With the Total Alkalinity being to high it can also make your water cloudy and cause the chlorine to lose its effectiveness as a disinfectant. This could also cause your filter and heating elements to get clogged up. So keep in mind that it is very important to keep your Total Alkalinity in the correct range and it will make it a lot easier for you to be able to keep up with the up keep of your pool or spa.



What is pH and how does it affect a pool or spa?

clock August 10, 2016 10:00 by author medallionpools |

pH scale

pH is the measure of the acidity of the water. The lower the pH the more acidic it is and the higher the pH the more basic it is. Maintaining pH, or potential Hydrogen, is simple and easy when you understand just a few basics. pH ranges from 0-14 with 7 being neutral.

Your pool or spa’s pH should be between 7.2 and 7.6. Your eyes pH is between 7.3 and 7.4, so the closer you are to 7.4 the less burning sensation you will have in your eyes. If your pool or spa’s pH is below 7 then the water becomes more corrosive and will start to wear away your metal components. For example your pump, your heater, and it also removes the plasticizers from the vinyl liner & pits the concrete, etc.

If you pool or spa’s pH is to high then it will start to build up scale. Scale can begin to form on the warmest parts of the pool, so the heater is the first victim. Scale acts as an insulator on the heat exchanger. That can run up the cost of operating your pool because you have to use more natural gas or electricity. And finally the higher the pH is in your pool or spa the less effective your chlorine will be, and the less sanitized it will be.



Basic Swimming Pool Maintenance Information

clock August 4, 2016 07:00 by author medallionpools |

Pool maintenance relies on some basic steps that are simple, but effective. If you follow these steps, this will help your pool stay looking good and performing at its best.

CIRCULATION- The water in your pool must be circulated for the pool chemicals to work properly. This will make it harder for bacteria and algae to grow. The more pool water that passes through the filter, the cleaner that water will be. It is recommended your pool water be filtered for at least 12 hours or more at any given time, preferable during the day. This filtration time may vary based on what type of chemicals you use and where you live.

FILTRATION- The filter is used to keep your pool water clear and removes debris. To do this, it is recommended that the filter be backwashed (Sand Filter or DE) after you vacuum the pool or when your pressure gauge gets above the normal pressure range. Check the manufacturer’s handbook for the proper range. Every filter should also be cleaned with the proper chemicals to keep it working efficiently.

CLEANING- Most pool manufacturers recommend your pool should be cleaned at least once a week. This will also depend on what type of chemical program you are using. You can clean your pool by using a hand vacuum system, battery operated system or an automatic system.

TESTING- You need to test your pool water at least once a week. Your local pool store can also test it for you and tell you what chemicals you need and what amount of each. The primary test will be for- Sanitizer level- pH- Alkalinity- Calcium Hardness- Stabilizer. By maintaining these levels in the proper range, you and your family will have a more enjoyable swimming experience.



Vinyl Liner Maintenance

clock August 2, 2016 09:00 by author medallionpools |

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

When using granular chlorine, if you pour in 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, this could cause your liner to bleach just below the skimmer and become very thin and 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 these levels stay low and the liner will become brittle and could split.

You should have your local pool dealer check your 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 have their original liner in there pool from over 25 years ago. You may also be able to do this with proper care and water chemistry.