Winterizing Your Pool – Part 1

clock September 15, 2015 10:00 by author medallionpools |

swimming pool skimmer plug

We wanted to give you a few basic tips on how to winterize your vinyl liner swimming pool. Please note that this is just a generic information list and not intended as a complete winterizing guide. Every pool is different so please be sure to follow all the instructions found in your owner’s manuals. If you have any questions regarding your particular installation the company you purchased the pool or equipment from should be more than happy to help you. As always, when using any chemicals be sure to follow the manufacturer's instructions and safety precautions. They are there for a reason.

This article is being done in several parts. The first part deals mainly with the area around the pool itself.

  1. Vacuum your pool thoroughly. Remember, the cleaner your pool is when you close it, the easier it will be to open it.
  2. Clean your filter with a chemical filter cleaner compatible with your pool sanitizer. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions and the instructions on the cleaner’s label for the proper procedure.
  3. It is highly advised that you purchase a winterizing chemical kit compatible with the sanitizer you are using in your pool. Whatever chemical system you are using, you must make sure that your water is chemically balanced. Do not leave chlorine on the liner - it will bleach it. Then add the appropriate amount of algaecide to your pool according to the instructions on the container.
  4. Remove the ladder, rails, diving board, slide, and any other deck items around your pool.
  5. swimming pool skimmer gizzmo

  6. Bring the water level up to at least your normal summertime water level. For in-wall skimmers it is highly recommended that you purchase a Skimmer Plug and a Gizzmo to protect your skimmer from freezing.
  7. Install the Skimmer Plug and (using the Waste setting on your multiport valve) suck the water out of your skimmer. This should only take a few seconds.
  8. Install the Gizzmo in the skimmer and then fill the bottom portion of your skimmer half way with a non-toxic antifreeze solution. Keep checking this during the winter.
  9. If you have a dry niche light (such as the Lumi-O) it is not unusual for your light boxes to fill with water over the winter months. It is a good idea to remove your bulb from your light and coat the light socket with WD-40. It is also not unusual for the light boxes to fill with water even during the summer months. This is considered an act of God and the amount of frequency upon which it happens depends on the amount of rain you have and the speed in which your ground can absorb water. If this is your case then you should also coat your light socket with WD-40 during the summer months as well. If you have water in your boxes in the summer months you can put a cover pump in your light box periodically and remove the water.
  10. swimming pool with water tube cover

  11. Cover the pool. If you are using a safety cover, refer to owner’s manual for the proper installation procedure. If you are using a winter cover that requires water tubes, use the following instructions:
    • Concrete blocks to hold down the cover are NOT recommended. USE ONLY WATERTUBES.
    • Do not stretch the cover. Let it sit loosely around the coping.
    • Fill the water tubes only halfway to allow for freezing.
    • It is completely normal for poly covers to leak water through the top. These covers will not always seal 100%. It is even better for your cover if you keep a thin layer of water on it.

Please check with your local pool store for their winterizing advice for your location. Every area of the country is different and may require additional steps and precautions.

What Is A Portable Spa?

clock September 10, 2015 10:00 by author medallionpools |

Strong Portable Spa

What does the term Portable Spa mean? The Association of Pool and Spa Professionals (APSP) defines a portable (self contained) spa as “A factory-built spa in which all control, water heating and water circulation equipment is an integral part of the product” (from ANSI/APSP/ICC-6 2013 1.2.1).

Ease of use, portability and hassle free installation are some of the reasons a portable spa is very popular. Various types of portable spas can be picked up by the customer, taken home and plugged into a regular wall outlet. Fill with water, turn heater on and in some cases it can be ready for use that same day.

As with any other type of spa, the portable spa needs to be properly installed and maintained to provide continued problem free usage and meet your expectations. Various types of sanitizers are available to you. We would suggest taking a sample of water to your spa dealer to have them check it to determine which chemicals you need. It is also advisable to keep an extra filter cartridge on hand. While you are cleaning one, the other can be in the spa ready for use.

What Is Calcium Hardness And How Does It Affect A Pool Or Spa?

clock September 8, 2015 10:00 by author medallionpools |

GLB Calcium Hardness Up

Calcium Hardness is the measure of how much Calcium is dissolved in the pool water. You do not want your Calcium Hardness to be to high or to low, that is why we suggest that your Calcium Hardness needs to be between 150 and 250 ppm (Parts per million). The ideal range is not always ideal for everyone it could change on the type of pool you have, or the type of chemicals that you are using in your system please consult a pool professional. If your Calcium Hardness is too high or to low you may experience some problems with your pool. You may see some corrosion or some pitting of some areas.

When your Calcium Hardness is to low your water becomes corrosive. When your water is corrosive it can very easily stain the floor and the sides of your pool. Not to mention the damage it can do to the metal parts of your pool, corrode plumbing fittings, do damage to the pump and heater. This can cause pitting on your pool decking surfaces and on the pool concrete. It may also etch your pools plaster and destroy grout if these were used in the making and installing of your pool.

When your Calcium Hardness is too high you could very easily clog your pools filter and it may also clog your pools heater elements. This will also cause scale build up on all of the pools surfaces. The water will become cloudy and the higher the Calcium Hardness is then more irritation will be cause to the swimmers skin and eyes. So this is something you defiantly want to keep in between the correct range because having high or low Calcium Hardness can both affect your pool in the incorrect way.

What Is A Swim Spa

clock September 3, 2015 10:00 by author medallionpools |

Swim Spa with marble surround

A swim spa is the combination of a pool and a spa, in which you swim against a current of water or a harness. You will swim in place at your own pace and never have to touch the wall and turn around. Swim spas provide one of the best forms of exercise.

Swim spas are designed for the person who is not ready for a large swimming pool and/or thinks a normal spa is too small. They are ideal for people with a very small yard who want some water type exercise or just have something to float in and have a good time. Some models can even be installed indoors for year round use. The American Heart Association recommends 30-60 minutes of physical activity 3-4 days per week in order to help reduce a chance of heart disease, stroke or diabetes. A swim spa is a great way to do this at a very affordable price.

Swim spas are offered in different sizes. Some people may want to put one outside. Others will put one in their house, basement, or garage. A unit is available to fit your needs. If the unit does go inside, make sure you get a unit that can be assembled on site (such as the Medallion Ultra II). Medallion’s swim spa will come with a spa pack that offers an electric heater. Many other options are available. Some units offer walk in steps and benches. Additional jets can be added. LED lighting is also available.

Swim spas combine the aspects of swimming along with the benefits of water therapy you get from a spa in one unit, in a size that will fit your needs. Some units offer you the option of removing the spa pack with the electric heater and adding a gas heater.

What Is A Concrete Swimming Pool

clock September 1, 2015 10:00 by author medallionpools |

This type of pool is custom built on site offering you many different styles and options. A steel reinforced structure is first built. While these steel frames are being installed, plumbing pipe will also be installed. The plumbing pipes that are being installed are longer then you need, but after being checked for leaks, they will be cut off flush with the edge of the pool.

Gunite, sometimes called shotcrete is sprayed over this steel frame. This spraying process must be done by an expert experienced with the nozzle operation. The skill in doing this spraying is critical to producing a strong pool. The thickness of the gunite will depend on pool design, budget, and ground conditions. The next step will be to install the plaster over the gunite.

Once the gunite is dry, it is carefully smoothed to prepare the surface for the plastering stage. The plastering is available in different colors, along with many different colors and styles of tile that can be used for the border around the pool. The construction is complex and should be done by very experienced pool installers. This type of pool construction, generally takes longer to install then a Liner Pool or a Fiberglass Pool.