How To Vacuum Your Pool

clock May 3, 2016 07:00 by author medallionpools |

The following are generic vacuuming instructions that will work for most pools. As always, see your owner’s manual, ask your installer, and/or speak to the manufacturer for complete instructions for your particular pool:

1. If your pool has dual skimmers and/or a main drain, reduce the water flow to the skimmer/s and/or drain you are not using.

2. Attach the vacuum hose to the vacuum head which is attached to your telescopic pole.

3. Fill the hose with water. In one hand you should be holding the telescopic pole with the vacuum hose and vacuum brush attached. Make sure you hold the brush under water. In the other hand should be the end of the vacuum hose (that does not swivel) and you can hold it in front of the pool return wall fitting. As the hose fills up with water, you will start to see a lot of bubbles. When the bubbles stop, the hose is full.

4. Take the end of the hose you held in front of the return fitting and go over to the skimmer. If you purchased an optional skim-vac that will fit over your skimmer basket, you put the end of the vacuum hose into the skim-vac that fits over your skimmer basket. If you do not have a skim-vac, you will need to remove the skimmer basket and put the end of the vacuum hose into the opening below the basket. If you do not have a skim-vac, do not vacuum leaves or anything other than dirt as this will clog your plumbing lines and require you to cut out your decking and dig up your plumbing lines to replace them.

5. Vacuum the pool. Be sure to keep an eye on your pressure gauge or flow of water back into the pool. If pressure increases or flow decreases you will need to disconnect the hose and backwash before continuing.

6. Make sure you keep the vacuum brush under water.

7. When you are finished, turn the pump off and remove the vacuum hose from the skimmer. This will release the pressure from the hose.

8. Backwash the filter according to the manufacturer’s instructions.



When Should You Change The Sand In Your Sand Filter

clock April 28, 2016 07:00 by author medallionpools |

Have you noticed the look of your pool water is not as clear as it used to be? Have you noticed no matter how much water clarifier you put into your pool, the water is still cloudy? Have you noticed the sanitizer level is not as stable as it used to be? Do you notice dirt or debris blowing back into your pool thru the return fitting?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, when was the last time you either cleaned your sand filter or changed your sand? You should use filter cleaner each season and clean your sand. For example; if your sink becomes clogged at home, you usually use a drain cleaner to remove the problem. Same principle with a sand filter but you would use filter cleaner.

It is not a set rule when you should change your sand but a good guideline is usually every 3-5 years if you have been using a filter cleaner every season. If you do not use a filter cleaner you will need to change it more often. This time line can change based on what type chemicals you use, amount of activity in your pool, and how often you keep the filter running. Suntan lotion and waste from your body both play a part in decreasing the effectiveness of your sand filter.

When you do change your sand in the filter, it is a good time to also check the laterals that you will find in the bottom of your filter below the sand. If they are broken or cracked, be sure to replace them. Any that are broken could cause sand to blow back into your pool. You should cover these laterals with water first before adding any sand. The heavy sand could cause some damage to them.



Upgrade Your Existing Vinyl Liner Swimming Pool

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

Many people believe that once your pool is installed there is no way to make any upgrades or improvements. That is no longer the case. Below are just a few examples of what is possible with modern design and manufacturing techniques.

Depending on the age of your pool, some of the older pools that were installed did not have a walk in step. They usually only had a ladder. Now that you are getting a little older, that ladder may not be easy to climb in or out.

There are stairs that fit into the corner of your pool or across the entire shallow end and the new liner will cover this step. No more ladder. A hand rail could also be installed for more stability in entering or exiting your pool. You may even have room to add a lounging area as well. You would not have to destroy any of your pool deck to install this step or rail.

Maybe you have a pool with an 8’ deep end but that end of the pool is not used much anymore. With the new liner change, you now have the opportunity to fill that deep end into a more shallow area for playing games, like volleyball. Your local pool installer will be able to discuss these options with you. With the new liner change, now also is a good time to have new skimmer and return face plates installed.

Does your pool have a light? If you do not use it or it no longer works, with the new liner install, that light could be eliminated. When it is time to install a new liner, many options are available to you to really change the look of your pool. Your friends and family will love the new look.

Want to find out more? Contact your local Medallion swimming pool dealer for more information and a quote.



WHAT DOES THE pH READING MEAN IN A SWIMMING POOL

clock April 21, 2016 07:00 by author medallionpools |

PH is a term that is used to measure whether something is acidic (low pH) or basic (high pH). This reading is expressed in a scale in a range from 0-14. Swimming pool water should be maintained at a neutral pH of between 7.2-7.6. Maintaining the proper pH level helps maintain your pool equipment, allows the chemicals to be more effective and makes the water comfortable for swimming.

A low pH reading can cause skin and eye irritation, damage the liner, damage the surface of concrete pools, and corrode your pool’s equipment. A high pH reading could cause cloudy water, scale to form, and sanitizer to be less effective. Some of the common causes of pH changes are:

• Chemicals- Chlorine tablets or sticks lower pH. Granular chlorine raises pH.

• Adding fresh water to your pool will change the pH levels.

• Dust and rain will change the pH levels.

• Swimmers and swimmers waste will tend to lower the pH.

• Algae growth usually raises the pH level.

It is very important that you have a good test kit for testing pH and also take a sample of your pool water on a regular basis to your pool store so they can test the readings for you and tell you how to adjust the pH level.



Caring For Your Chlorine Generator (Salt System)

clock April 19, 2016 07:00 by author medallionpools |

If you have a chlorine generator (salt system) you know how easy it is to use. By the time you are done reading this you will also know how easy it is to maintain. And all of you that don’t have one will probably being going out to get one after you see the ease of maintenance in taking care of them. Please remember that the following article is for general information purposes only. Refer to your owner’s manual for complete information for the proper maintenance and care of your particular chlorine generator.

Chlorine generators are units that take salt and convert it into liquid chlorine. There are several features that are wonderful about this unit.

Features:

-no chlorine smell

-better for your skin

-savings over the years because you are not buying chlorine tablets or granular chlorine anymore

-easy to install

-easy to use

-easy to take care of

-most have a built in timer so they run automatically

-plus many more options!

Let say your system is already installed. What do you do to maintain it? Most of the higher quality chlorine generators are self cleaning, however, I would recommend still cleaning them once a season to make sure it runs at peak efficiency. Throughout the season you should visit you local pool retailer and purchase a “cell cleaner”. This is a chemical that you can use to flush out the cell of the unit. By using this chemical it will rid your unit of unwanted debris such as calcium build up. Calcium build up is usually visible if you have it, is generally white in color and sticks to the inside of the cell. Some chemical companies have different recommendations so please read the back of the container you buy to see how yours is supposed to be used. The most common method is taking the cell off the pool and mixing the cell cleaner with water and putting it in the cell. You will need two caps to place on each end of the cell to keep the solution from coming out. Shake this up and let it sit for a few hours then rinse it out completely. This is a simple way to clean your unit and takes minimal time and easy to do.

When you winterize your pool you should always remove your cell. If left on the pool the cell could get moisture in it, freeze, and crack over the winter. Most manufacturers will not cover cells that have frozen and been damaged. Once you remove the cell from the pool the easiest thing to do is wrap up the ends of the exposed pipe with a plastic bag or plastic wrap and a rubber band, this will keep anything from getting in the pipes. Make sure the cell is completely dry and store inside for the winter. That’s it!! It’s that simple!

Now when summer comes around you take about 5 minutes putting the cell back on and your ready to go!