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.



Swimming Pool Controls And Automation

clock May 12, 2016 07:00 by author medallionpools |

Are you thinking about installing a Swimming Pool but wondering where the equipment will go and will you be able to understand how to operate it or find the time to learn how? Automation is your answer. You can schedule the control of your pool or spa right from your house. Systems that are on the market are designed for ease and simplicity.

Your pool pump, heater, salt system and even spa can be wired into the Automation System. You can even add a wireless remote or even use your smart phone. No more trips out to the pump to turn it on and off. Do it from inside your home. Want the spa hot and ready for you when you get home from work? Use your phone to turn up the temperature. The type of system you will need will depend on what type of pool or spa equipment you have. Your swimming pool dealer will be able to provide this answer.

Systems are designed to operate a pool, spa, or both. Push a button from inside your house to warm up your pool or spa so they re ready for you when you need that time to relax. Lights for pool or spa or both can also be added to these systems. Special valves with powered actuators can be added to turn on the water to your slide, waterfall, step jets, or any other water feature.

Some of these systems have built in diagnostics to let you know all systems are functioning correctly or what needs to be corrected. These systems also have built in programmable features. These systems are designed to free up your time and give you more time to relax and unwind. See your swimming pool dealer soon to learn more.



Placement Of The Filter And Pump System

clock May 10, 2016 07:00 by author medallionpools |

When you make the decision to purchase a pool, be sure you discuss with the pool company the location of your equipment. A lot of potential problems can be resolved up front with proper communication and installation.

The distance from the pool is not the first factor to consider, but the distance from the skimmer. The distance from the skimmer will determine the pump size and plumbing configuration. With multiple skimmers bear in mind that you will get more suction from the skimmer closest to the pump and least from the one furthest from the pump.

You would like to install the base of the filter level with the top of the pool. If installed this way, you can easily remove the basket from the pump for cleaning. If the equipment is installed higher than the water level, every time you remove the basket from the pump to clean it, all the water in your plumbing liners will flow back to the pool and the pump could be hard to prime when you turn it back on.

If the base of the filter is installed lower then the water level in the pool, every time you remove the basket from the pump to clean it, pool water will flow out very quickly. If installed this way, ask the installer to put in some cut off values that you can close the pool water so you now can remove your basket.