Swimming Pool Coping

clock June 7, 2016 07:00 by author medallionpools |

We will discuss three types of coping (or bead receiver) options for the customer that will be purchasing a Vinyl Liner Swimming Pool:

1. Receptor Coping

2. Side Mount Coping

3. Top Mount Coping

Receptor Coping mounts on top of your pool wall and is used when concrete will be poured around the pool. This type of coping is the receiver that the concrete will be poured into and you will see a white edge around your pool. The liner will snap in place on the water side and can easily be changed with this type of coping without breaking any pool deck.

Side Mount Coping is used when a row of wood, brick or stone is used to mount directly on the top of the pool wall. This type of coping will show no white edge around the pool. The liner can easily be changed with out removing any wood, brick or stone.

Top Mount Coping is used when you want to pour a Cantilever pool deck. This type of deck will give you a rounded look at the water edge and you will not see a white edge around your pool. Cantilever coping forms will also be used. These are made from Styrofoam and you pour your concrete into them. They are then removed giving you that rounded edge look. The liner is easily changed with this type of coping.

Alternatives To The Standard White Stairs

clock June 2, 2016 07:00 by author medallionpools |

Have you been thinking about installing your own pool after maybe swimming in your neighbors pool but would like to make some changes? If you were in a vinyl liner pool, maybe you did not like the white walk in step.

With technology today, you can use a stair that does not have to be white. The thermoformed stairs themselves are now also available in blue and gray as well as the traditional white.

For the entry way into your pool, you could add a step that would fit into one of the two shallow end corners and would be covered by your liner. The step would blend in with your liner pattern. You can even have a step made that will fit the width of your pool and be covered with your liner pattern.

The top of this entry way step, you could have a lounger area (water maybe 4” deep). From this lounger area, you would then walk down the steps into your pool. This entry way step and lounger area would be covered with a liner. No where would a white step be visible. You could even add a bench in the deep end to sit on which would be covered by your liner pattern.

A 6’ cove seat is also available through your Medallion dealer. This takes the place of an 8’ pool wall and offers a semi-circular seating area that extends out from the pool approximately 4-1/2’. Your liner would cover this area as well. Jets can easily be added to this area as well.

Contact your Medallion pool dealer for more information on all of these options.

My Swimming Pool Never Gets A Chlorine Reading

clock May 31, 2016 10:30 by author medallionpools |

In order to answer why, these are some basic questions that must be answered.

1. If you have a sand filter, when was the last time you either cleaned or changed the sand?

2. If you use chlorine tablets, do you use the 3” or 1” size?

3. How many hours a day to run your pump?

4. What is the level of Stabilizer in your pool water?

If you have a sand filter, you should clean the sand at least once each season and change the sand about every three to five years as long as you are cleaning the sand each season. Oils from your body, sweat, suntan lotion all get inside your filter and make the sand less effective. You need a chemical to break up these containments and make your filter more effective.

With the use of chlorine tablets, if you use the 3” size, they may not be dissolving quickly enough to meet your pool’s chlorine demand. You may also have a very low stabilizer reading. Chlorine tablets have stabilizer built into them but they need to dissolve quickly enough in order for the stabilizer level in your pool to be above 40. If below that, the sun will take out the chlorine almost as soon as you get it into the pool.

In the very hot summer months, your pump needs to run 24 hrs a day 7 days a week. You can’t run the pump only at night or only during the day and keep the proper chlorine level in your pool. You will spend more money on chemicals to control algae and acid levels than you will with energy. A good test kit is a must. Try the five way test strips.Please keep in mind that this is just a generic overview of a few of the main causes of low chlorine problems. Before adding any chemicals to your pool be sure to have your water properly tested then read and follow the instructions printed on the labels. Always remember “Safety First” when dealing with chemicals.

Swimming Pool Chemical Safety Tips

clock May 26, 2016 07:00 by author medallionpools |

When using any chemical products always read the labels carefully and follow directions precisely. Chemicals protect you when they are used correctly in your pool or spa. Here are some generic safety precautions, but please always read and follow the label directions.

1. Use exact quantities specified, not more. Do not overdose.

2. Don’t mix chemicals together unless the directions say it is ok. Add products separately if instructions do not say ok to mix.

3. Don’t add water to chemicals. Add chemicals to water.

4. Handle all chemicals, liquid or dry, with care. Store products in a cool, dry, well- ventilated area.

5. Always keep chemical containers closed when not in use.

6. For products requiring measuring, use a clean, plastic scoop (or scoop provided in container). Do not interchange scoop or place wet scoop in any chemical containers.

7. A responsible person should handle pool chemicals. Keep out of reach of children.


8. Don’t inhale fumes or let chemicals come in contact with your eyes, nose, mouth or skin.

9. In case of contact or if chemical is swallowed, follow emergency advice on product label and call doctor or local poison control center.

10. Don’t allow chemicals to stand on grass or landscaping.

11. Don’t smoke around chemicals.

12. Many chemicals such as chlorine are corrosive and should not be stored near metal products like bicycles, lawn mowers, cars, etc.

Water Returns Slowly To My Pool

clock May 24, 2016 07:00 by author medallionpools |

A swimming pool has a skimmer where the pool water goes into and from there into the filter and then back to the pool thru the return wall fitting. Have you noticed your return water flow is not as strong as it used to be? What could be causing this?

If you have a Cartridge Filter, when was the last time you changed or cleaned your filter? If you have a DE Filter, have you checked the grids inside lately? If you have a Sand Filter, when was the last time you changed or cleaned your sand? If you have maintained your filter properly, then this might not be your problem.

When you vacuum your pool, do you use a Skimvac that fits over top of your skimmer basket? By using this Skimvac, the basket can stay in place and trap any leaves or debris. If you do not use the Skimvac, you may have some debris trapped in the impeller of the motor in your swimming pool pump. This impeller has to rotate so many revelations per minute. Leaves and debris will slow this movement.

Slow water flow does not mean your swimming pool pump is going bad. You need to check the impeller, the skimmer and strainer baskets and even your plumbing lines. When the water flow slows down, the filter and these other items need to be checked. Something is restricting the flow of water back to the pool. In most cases, this is simply an issue with a dirty filter or baskets, so check those first.