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.

Not Ready To Close Your Pool?

clock September 25, 2014 14:08 by author medallionpools |

swiming pool in winter with solar cover

It is hard to believe that summer is over. Our children are back in school, Friday night high school football games and a little cooler weather. My pool is beautiful and the kids love it.

Do not close it yet. Add a Heater. This is an easy installation for any pool. The heater will need to be installed next to the filter. If your filter is outside, then you have no problem at all. If your equipment is inside a building and you are going to add a gas heater, you will need to vent the gas fumes outside the building by adding a vent hood assembly kit.

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Some heaters require either natural gas or propane and some require only electricity. Some heaters will have a standing pilot light that has to be lit and others require the electrician properly wire it and you turn it on like the thermostat in your home with a gas source with no pilot light.

If you decide to install a gas heater, this type could be either a propane source or a natural gas source. If propane type, your local propane company will deliver a propane tank and make the gas connection. If you use a natural gas heater, you will need to get a plumber to make the gas connection to your home gas meter.

Go see your local swimming pool dealer and learn about the different type of pool heater options. Swim earlier each year and extend the season longer. Now that you have that investment in your pool, why close it early.

Types Of Winter Covers

clock September 12, 2014 14:00 by author medallionpools |

automatic swimming pool cover

If you have an inground pool, you have quite a few choices on a winter covers. One type of cover is an automatic cover that is operated by pushing a button. This is the most expensive option. This type of cover has a track system that attaches along the edge of the pool and the cover is attached with a roller system. In most cases this cover is built into the pool during the initial installation process so that the motor and roller assembly can be installed below the deck. Some manufacturers also offer this type of cover with a manual system that is on rollers. Anchored Covers (also known as safety covers) are manually installed and removed. They are offered in Mesh and Solid. This is the type of cover that anchors are placed in the decking around the pool and the cover is attached to them. Anchors are available for concrete, wood, and pavers. In the winter time, these anchors are raised to hold the cover in place and in the summer they are lowered so they are flush with the deck.

swimming pool safety cover

The Mesh Safety Cover is offered in different grades of Mesh material. The lower grades of Mesh allow more sunlight in the pool during the winter and the higher grades reduce the effect of sunlight. The more sunlight your pool gets the more potential for algae to grow. The Mesh cover is available in different colors from some manufactures and only available in Green from others. The advantages of a mesh cover are lower cost and they are lighter, thus easier to put on and take off.

The Solid Safety Cover will not allow any sunlight or water to enter your pool. When you remove this cover after the winter, the pool water is more likely to look like it did when you covered it. Different colors are also available from certain manufacturers. The Solid Safety Cover can come with a pump you leave on the cover all winter to pump off rain or melted snow or a mesh panel in the center to allow water to drain into the pool. This cover offers more protection for the pool but is heavier than the mesh.

swimming pool with water tube cover

The Water Tube type cover is also available. This cover will overlap your pool approximately two feet all around. On this two foot area, you can get water tubes that you fill half with water to hold the cover down. Do not fill completely because they will freeze and break. This type of cover is the least expensive. Your swimming pool dealer will help you with these options.