How To Get A Building Permit To Install A Swimming Pool

clock February 9, 2016 08:00 by author medallionpools |

Now that you have made that decision to purchase either and Above Ground Pool or In-Ground Pool, you will need to get a building permit. Your local Medallion pool dealer can help you with this process. Let’s discuss some of the details involved in getting that permit. The information here is generic in nature and may not apply to all localities. Consult your local building inspections department for complete details of their requirements.

You will need to do a sketch or take a plat of your property to the local building department. This sketch will show the location of your pool and the distance from your property line in all four directions. The applications you will need are one for the permit for the pool, one for the barrier or fence, and one for the electric. These are now available online from most local county building departments. The pool dealer should be able to supply you with engineering drawings of your pool. In some cases there may be an additional charge for these drawings depending on local requirements.

You, as the homeowner can get your own permit. The county usually has an affidavit you sign that states you are not a contractor needing a license to get this permit. Since most of the time, the pool installer is not doing the electric or the fence; the homeowner should get the permit. You may hire separate people to do the fence and electric. The pool installer will call his inspection in and the electric and fence installers will call their inspections in.

If you live in an area that has a well or septic tank with drain lines, you will need to let the county know the distance from the well or septic tank and drain field to your pool. The county will also require you to be a certain distance from the property lines and/or easements. You can check with your local building official to gets these requirements. The permit process is very easy and the county will be glad to help you. Your Medallion pool dealer will also help you with this process.

Heat Pumps

clock February 4, 2016 08:00 by author medallionpools |

The heat pump is a great way to heat your pool or spa water for longer swimming seasons. With today’s energy costs, this is a great time to invest in a heat pump. Compared to gas, oil or electric heaters, the heat pumps use just a small amount of energy to generate the same amount of heat.

Some heat pumps have an LCD control board and displays a menu-driven readout with easy to follow full work messages, no codes to memorize. Most have an automatic defrost feature that senses refrigerant temperature and prevents freezing. Some also have an automatic feature that monitors water temperature and turns the pump on and off as needed.

Heaters can be installed with new construction or added later. The units are connected to the pump and filter of your pool with simple plumbing. See all instructions for proper connection.

The size of the heat pump you will need will depend on several factors:

How many gallons of water is in your pool?

What temperature are you trying to maintain for your swimming comfort?

What part of the country you live in?

Heaters for swimming pools are sized based on the BTU rating of the heater. The correct BTU rated heater you need will depend on your size and shape pool, gallons of water and what part of the country you live in. Once you determine the correct BTU rating, if you go a little larger you will be able to heat the pool quicker and save energy cost.

Some of the advantages of a Heat Pump:

No natural gas or propane gas to worry about

They are easy to install with the pool installation or as an add on later

Very little maintenance is required.

Stop by your local Medallion dealer and find out more.

Is It Time To Update Your Vinyl Liner Swimming Pool

clock February 2, 2016 08:00 by author medallionpools |

It’s the middle of winter and your thoughts are already thinking about next pool season. I just can’t wait to remove the cover and see our family back in our swimming pool. I would like to make some changes. What can I do to improve the look of our pool?

Your pool may be one of the older vinyl liner pools that never had a step installed to enter and exit the pool. Maybe you are still using a ladder. You might be thinking it is a good time to install a new liner pattern and get a much darker blue look to your pool water. If you have made that decision to install a new liner, that is also a great time to have a permanent step installed.

With technology of today, you would have the option of adding a step in the corner or even across the entire shallow end of your pool without having to break up any of your pool patio. Your liner installer could do all the measuring and the liner manufacturer would make the liner to fit the pool and the step. The new liner would fit over the step. The step material could also be textured and non-skid.

When you do install your new liner, you should also install new skimmer and return face plates. This will give your pool a more modern look with your new liner and step. You and your family and friends will now be swimming in a new look pool, lot easier entry and exit at very affordable prices. Contact your local Medallion pool dealer to learn more about the liner step and the different liner patterns.

How Do I Pay For My Inground Swimming Pool

clock January 21, 2016 08:00 by author medallionpools |

You have quite a few options available to you to make that pool purchase. In today’s world, credit cards give you an option if you use the cards that offer the lowest interest rate and offer you a reward for using their card. If you do use a credit card, call the bank that issued you the card first and let them know the purchase you will be making and the amount that you will be putting on the card.

For your protection, most credit card companies will not let you make a major purchase without letting them know first. They may think someone stole your card and is using it. Some credit card companies only let you put a certain amount per day on your card. So check with the bank that issued you the card.

Home equity lines are another way to finance that swimming pool. With rates very low today, now is an excellent time to apply for these types of loans. The interest may also be tax deductable since it is considered mortgage interest (speak to your tax preparer for more information). Check with your local bank for these types of loans.

If you have a lot of monthly payments on various accounts, the consolidation loan may be something you want to look into. Combine all these payments into one payment and lower your monthly payment. Depending on the current interest rate you have for your home loan, you may be able to refinance at a lower rate and add a swimming pool payment and still have a lower payment then before.

There are also several online companies that will finance swimming pool purchases without collateral. The interest rates will vary depending on your credit rating.

For more information on pool pricing and financing see your local Medallion swimming pool dealer.

Adding A Slide To Your Inground Swimming Pool

clock January 14, 2016 08:00 by author medallionpools |

The slides that will be discussed in this article are designed to only be installed on inground swimming pools. If you have a concrete patio or wood deck adding a slide is no problem with the use of the proper anchors. These anchors can be installed in your existing patio to hold the slide.

You have various slide options but here are a few to consider. They all will require a water source which in most cases can easily be acquired by tapping into your pools return line.

City 2 Slide- Will have to be installed in the pool area that has at least 4’ of water. This slide is 6’ tall with acrylic construction. The weight limit is 225 Lbs.

G-Force- Will have to be installed in the pool area that has at least 4’6” of water. This slide is 6’ tall with 360 degree design. The weight limit is 250 lbs.

Wild Ride Slide- Will have to be installed in the pool area that has at least 4’ of water. This slide is 6.5” tall with stainless steel deck flanges. The weight limit is 250 lbs.

X-Stream 2 Slide- Will have to be installed in the pool area with at least 4’ of water. This slide is 6’ tall with fully molded treads. The weight limit is 250 lbs.

Zoomerang Slide- Will have to be installed in the pool area with at least 3’6” of water. The slide is 37” tall and has stainless steel rails & legs. The weight limit is 225 lbs.

Your local Medallion pool dealer can discuss each one with you and can also install the slide or you can install your own slide. If you do the install, please refer to the installation manual and install according to those instructions.