Safety Covers - Solid vs. Mesh

clock October 14, 2014 08:00 by author medallionpools |

Safety Cover

It’s time to figure out what kind of cover you want to protect your pool from the harsh winter ahead. Whether you have a new pool or an old pool, aboveground pool or in ground pool, a safety cover could work for you. There is a variety of covers to choose from in different types and colors.

Now let’s talk about the differences between mesh and solid safety covers.

One advantage of a mesh cover is that it generally requires little to no work during the offseason because the fine holes in the cover allow water from rain and snow to pass through while keeping debris out of the pool. There is also no need for a submersible water pump. Also a plus, the cover is easy to install and remove because it is lighter.

Solid covers generally require a little more work during the offseason when it comes to pumping water off the cover. The cover is also heavier than a mesh cover, requiring more assistance to put it on and take it off.

The solid cover general has the advantage when it comes to opening the pool. You will probably spend less time to get the water clear again. Since no sunlight can pass through, there is a less chance for algae to grow.

Mesh covers sometimes may require a little more work once the cover comes off. There is a chance that when you go to open the pool in the spring you may have to spend extra time brushing and vacuuming the pool since there is a chance that algae can grow as some sunlight will pass through the cover.

See your local pool professional for more information and to help you decide which cover is right for you.



Fall Great Time Of The Year To Consider A Spa

clock October 9, 2014 08:00 by author medallionpools |

The wonderful therapy of warm water on your body thru the many jets offered in a portable spa is great for the mind and body. Have a hard day at work? Kids making it hard to get a good night sleep? Joints or muscles sore? No better way to unwind than in your own spa.

Many sizes and depths are available. Some units offer water falls, LED lights, radio, TV. The options are unlimited. Many portable spas are available with a lounger or just individual seating. The jet action of the water can be controlled by the spa pack control panel which is convenient to get to. The spa pack with the heater will offer you that warm water you are looking for.

If you have a hard to get to location in your home that you would like to install a portable spa, then consider the units that you can purchase and assembly onsite. Some of these are large enough two people can lie on a 6’ float. Some are even large enough that 8 – 10 people can be in it and have room.

Many chemical options are available to make your spa experience almost maintenance free. Talk to your local dealer to learn about these options. You can even us a salt system in a portable spa. Why wait any longer. No better time than the present to start your search.



What Is A Portable Spa?

clock October 7, 2014 08:30 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 A Swim Spa

clock October 2, 2014 16:48 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.



The Gizzmo

clock September 30, 2014 09:58 by author medallionpools |

The Gizzmo

The Gizzmo is designed to absorb the expansion of water freezing in the skimmer of your swimming pool. It is an American made product. There are currently three types of Gizzmo: Regular, Super, and Super Duper Ultra.

The Regular Gizzmo is 9 inches long and installs in short skimmers. These skimmers are found on most above ground pools and some inground pools. It has 1-1/2 inch threads and a bar to grip on top for easy installation and removal.

The Super Gizzmo is 16 inches long and is designed for deep skimmers. These skimmers are found on most inground pools and some above ground pools. It has both 1-1/2 inch and 2 inch threads. This allows one product to fit multiple types of skimmers. It also has the same bar grip as the Regular Gizzmo.

The Super Duper Ultra Gizzmo is the same size and has all the same features as the Super Gizzmo but with an added feature. It contains an integrated blowout tube. This allows you to use compressed air to blow the water out of your skimmer lines should that be necessary for your pool.

For all models, use Teflon tape on the threads for a professional seal. Teflon tape is a very thin white tape used to wrap threads on pipe and fittings to improve the seal. Gizzmo’s are designed for single season use and are recyclable.