Liner Step Options For A Vinyl Liner Swimming Pool

clock March 3, 2015 12:51 by author medallionpools |

Are you considering installing a vinyl liner pool but just do not like the typical white walk in step that you see in most of these pool’s? Worry no more. With technology of today, that step can easily be replaced.

One possible option is a step that will fit into the corner of your pool and is covered by the vinyl liner. This step is normally covered with a foam material so it will not be so hard to sit on and then the liner will cover the step. If you do this, you might want to consider putting a material on the step that will not be so slick. That material would be textured, not smooth like the rest of the liner. The textured material is available in many patterns so as to match the rest of your pool. Ask your local Medallion swimming pool dealer to show you this material.

Another possible option is to install liner steps across the shallow end width of your pool. This step should be covered with foam and then the liner. The liner material should also be textured as mentioned above. The Tex Tread material can be a solid color or choose a pattern that matches the liner for the rest of your pool.

This shallow end step that goes the width of your pool, the top part could be a Sun Lounger. The water level may only be about 4” deep and this area would be wider than the other steps. This is a great place just to sit in or recline. If you have small children, ideal for their first swimming pool experience. Your Medallion swimming pool dealer will be glad to discuss these options with you.

My Husband Does Not Want A Pool

clock February 26, 2015 10:00 by author medallionpools |

If this is the way your husband thinks, he is perfectly normal. Very few husbands initially want to even look into the possibility of installing an inground pool. This is a misconception that many husbands have of thinking a pool is a lot of work and they do not have time to do the required maintenance.

Pools are not like they use to be ten years ago. The inground pool is very easy to maintain and requires very little time each week to keep clean. Your pool will require chemicals and which chemicals you use will determine your weekly cleaning time. Look into installing a Chlorine Generator (salt system).

With a salt system, the pump will not have to run 24 hrs. a day seven days a week. Your pool water will be a lot cleaner requiring a lot less of your time having to vacuum. Your chemical cost will be a lot less. You will have more time to enjoy the pool and not worry about cleaning. If you did not want to manually vacuum the pool, look into the many options for automatic pool cleaners. The pool now can become the focal point of a family vacation in your backyard everyday. There is nothing like coming home from a hard day at the office and unwinding in your pool. Your husband will love this after he tries it one time. Listen to the water, maybe turning on some music, cooking on the grill, no traffic. Just ask your husband to visit your local pool dealer to look into the many options available today.

Please note: results of various water treatment systems and filter times will vary. Consult your local pool professional for complete details.

How To Change The Sand In Your Pool Filter

clock February 24, 2015 10:00 by author medallionpools |

After a few years of normal operation your pool filter sand gets full of particles and debris that will cause your chemicals to not work as well as they normally should. Changing your sand is a simple process that should be done at least every 3-5 years to make sure your pool operates at 100%. Here are the quick and easy steps to replacing your sand filter. Please note that these are generic directions for a unit with a removable, top mount valve. For the correct procedure for your filter, refer to the owners manual that came with your filter.

1. Turn off the pump, unscrew the drain plug on the bottom of the sand tank, and take off the Multi-Port valve.

2. Take a wet/dry shop vacuum and suck out all the old water and sand.

3. Once all the sand is removed take a water hose and spray out any remaining debris that is left in the tank (Be cautious to not break the plastic laterals that are in the bottom of your tank when vacuuming)

4. Put back on the drain cap for the sand filter.

5. Fill your tank at least half way up with water (this helps the sand settle down easily without breaking the plastic laterals)

6. The type of sand that you add to the filter will be #20 silica sand which is specifically produced for filter media. This sand is between 40-50mm in diameter and is available from most swimming pool supply stores. Do not substitute other types of sand or you will almost certainly have problems with your filter and potentially damage the pool also.

7. The amount of sand that you add to the filter will depend on the size of filter that you have. You must be certain to find accurate information about how much sand to use in your filter. Over filling or underselling the filter will at least cause the filter to not function properly, and at worst cause damage to the filter. Filter sand sizes range typically from 100 or 150 lbs all the way up to 600lbs or more for large pools.

8. Be sure not to get any sand into the sandpipe which will be wide open. It is difficult to get the sand actually into the filter without getting it in the sandpipe so you may like to tape up the standpipe opening to prevent this spilled sand from making it back to the pool through the return lines. Also, be sure that the sandpipe is aligned in the center of the tank during the process of adding the sand. Failure to do so will cause you to have problems putting the multi-port valve back on the tank.

9. Gently pour the sand into the filter. Failure to fill the tank at lease half full of water and/or dumping the sand in too roughly can break the laterals in the bottom of the tank.

10. Once the sand tank is filled with the required amount of sand, you can put the MPV back on. Make sure the MPV is tight and secure (do not over tighten.)

11. Once back together the first thing you need to do is give the filter a thorough backwash. You should start this process by over filling the pool and then backwashing for as much as 3 to 5 minutes, followed by a 60 second rinse cycle before setting to "filter".

If you have any questions about the process of changing your sand, please make sure to contact your pool professional.

How To Get A Building Permit To Install A Swimming Pool

clock February 20, 2015 10:44 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.

Is It Time To Update Your Vinyl Liner Swimming Pool

clock February 20, 2015 10:35 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.