Above Ground Swimming Pool Auto Cleaner

clock December 2, 2014 08:00 by author medallionpools |

With Christmas not far away, for the husband or wife in your family that takes care of cleaning your above ground swimming pool, now is a good time to look at getting them an Automatic Pool Cleaner. Let’s talk about some different units.

1. Smart Kleen Model- Designed to clean the floor on smaller inground pools and above ground pools, has a 40’ power cord, extra large filter bag to hold debris. Two hour automatic shut off.

2. Lil Shark Model- Cleans a 10” path. Has only one moving part also has five adjustments for the cleaning area.

3. Wahoo- This is a suction side cleaner. It has hoses that you fill with water and attach to the skimmer. What you vacuum goes into the filter then you backwash if you have a sand filter. Cleaners # 1 and # 2 do not have a hose and the debris you vacuum goes into a bag that you would empty. The Wahoo comes with 30’ of hose. No tools required.

You also can get battery operated cleaners that you would physically vacuum the pool but you have no hose to connect or have to backwash the filter. Those units are:

1. Pool Blaster- rechargeable battery.

2. Catfish- 45 minute runtime. Reusable filter bag- 8” vacuum head

3. Aquabroom- requires 5 D cell batteries. 3 hour run time. Connects to your telescopic pole just like the other two.

These are just some of the many available options. Drop in and find out more.



Shopping For Your First Pool

clock November 25, 2014 09:45 by author medallionpools |

Now that you have made the decision to purchase a pool, will that pool be the Above Ground Pool or the Inground Pool? If you want a pool with a deep end for diving, the pool will need to be an Inground Pool. If you want a pool to play games in like volleyball, the pool could be either Above Ground or Inground.

Your first step should be to visit your local swimming pool dealer’s showroom to see the pool options available for you. You will find that a pool will be available to fit your budget and yard conditions. Some dealer’s will be able to offer you a pool that can be installed above ground or inground. If you have a slope to your yard, this type of pool can even be installed part way inground.

So many options are now available. Do not ever think you can’t afford a pool. Times have changed and pool manufacturers are now offering pool products to meet their potential customers’ budgets. Go see, feel, touch all the pool choices you have available. If your preference is the Above Ground Pool, you will find many quality pools to fit your needs.

If your choice is the inground pool, these type of pools can be designed any shape or size to fit your budget. The most affordable inground pool will be the Vinyl Liner Pool. Dollar for dollar, you can get a much larger pool and/or more features in a vinyl pool than you can in fiberglass or concrete with the same budget. Call your local pool dealer. He will be glad to meet with you to learn more about your needs and make some recommendations. Take that first step and make that call or go see a swimming pool showroom.



Why Should You Own A Swimming Pool?

clock November 20, 2014 08:00 by author medallionpools |


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The fast paced lifestyle that all people lead today will shorten our lives if we don’t do something about it. Swimming is a great way to relieve some of that stress. Don’t look at that backyard pool as something else I have to take care of and questioning if the family will use it.

Swimming is an ideal exercise for people of all ages. When you are swimming, you use almost every muscle in your body. Swimming will make you feel better by reducing stress. Swimming is a great exercise for your whole body and can help reduce risk of high blood pressure, stroke, and diabetes.

When you are swimming, the muscles you are using require a lot of oxygen, so swimming is also a good way to get your aerobic workout. This type of aerobic workout does not put undue stress on your bones or joints. The older you get, you may suffer from Osteoporosis, and swimming is a great way to relieve some pain.

Swimming has so many health benefits, it is impossible to name them all. Swimming will improve your cardiovascular condition which will help reduce the risk of hypertension. When you think about that swimming pool again, please give some thought to you and your family’s health benefits.



Things You Need To Do With Your Pool During The Winter

clock November 18, 2014 08:00 by author medallionpools |


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Your pool is probably closed for the season. There are still a few things you need to do during the winter to help ensure your pool opening goes smoothly. 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.

• Check your water level regularly and add as needed

• If you have a solid cover, keep most of the water pumped off. A small layer of water will help keep it in place. When you pump the water off your cover make sure you replace the water in the pool with a garden hose while you are pumping the cover off. If you do not keep your water level up high then there is a good possibility that your liner will float and wrinkles could develop on the bottom and/or sides of your liner. A shifting of the bottom can also occur.

• If you have a mesh cover, periodically add some winter algaecide to the pool to help prevent algae growth. Some covers you can do this through the cover, some must be pulled back. Check with your cover manufacturer for their recommendations.

• If you get ice on your cover, don’t break it. Sharp edges may cut it.

• To help prevent scale from accumulating and binding up the impeller and motor shaft, turn it on about once a month for no more then 3 seconds.

• Again, never drain the water from your pool and always keep your water level high. Remember when you pump water off your cover always have a garden hose filling your pool at the same time at the same rate as you are pumping your cover off.

It is very difficult to cover every detail that is required to winterize a swimming pool. We hope we have covered most of the items in these articles. If you have any additional questions or concerns visit your local pool store, your installer, or your pool’s manufacturer. This set of instructions is designed as a general guide only. Every pool is unique and has individual requirements for winterization. Medallion neither makes nor implies any guarantee that by following these instructions you will halt all chances of a floating liner, cracked or frozen skimmer, cracked or frozen pump, cracked or frozen heater, cracked or frozen filter, cracked or frozen plumbing, etc. These are all considered acts of God and it is the responsibility of the homeowner to prevent these items from happening.



Spa Maintenance

clock November 13, 2014 08:00 by author medallionpools |


Spa maintenance is in most cases simple and straightforward. Keep the water balanced, sanitized, and filtered. In most spas it is also recommended to change the water every 4-6 months. Please remember that this article contains general information only and is not intended as a complete spa care guide. Be sure to follow the instructions from your spa’s manufacturer. Now that you have made the decision to purchase your first spa, you need to treat the water chemically to eliminate bacteria. Your local pool dealer will be able to help you. Bring the dealer a sample of the water in your spa so they can test it. Maintaining the chemicals in the proper range will give you many years of enjoyment with your spa.

Some of the tests they do are to determine the levels of:

Chlorine, Bromine, BaquaSpa, or Salt

pH

Total Alkalinity

Stabilizer (if needed)

Calcium Hardness

The Calcium Hardness level is important to maintain in the range your local dealer suggest. If it gets too high, as water passes through the heating element, it will cause scale to build up and very soon your heating element will fail due to a chemical problem. This would not be something the spa manufacturer would cover under warranty.

pH levels that are too low or too high can cause damage to your spa and to it’s equipment, especially the heating element. High pH levels can also lead to scale build up. Alkalinity acts as a buffer for the pH to help prevent rapid fluctuations. Stabilizer helps prevent sunlight from stripping chlorine or bromine out of your water.

Most spas also have a cartridge filter that needs to be kept clean and replaced on a regular basis. It’s a good idea to have a replacement filter on hand. The one that is dirty, you can soak overnight in a filter solution and put the other filter in to keep the spa operating.