Basic Swimming Pool Maintenance Information

clock August 13, 2015 10:00 by author medallionpools |

Pool maintenance relies on some basic steps that are simple, but effective. If you follow these steps, this will help your pool stay looking good and performing at its best.

CIRCULATION- The water in your pool must be circulated for the pool chemicals to work properly. This will make it harder for bacteria and algae to grow. The more pool water that passes through the filter, the cleaner that water will be. It is recommended your pool water be filtered for at least 12 hours or more at any given time, preferable during the day. This filtration time may vary based on what type of chemicals you use and where you live.

FILTRATION- The filter is used to keep your pool water clear and removes debris. To do this, it is recommended that the filter be backwashed (Sand Filter or DE) after you vacuum the pool or when your pressure gauge gets above the normal pressure range. Check the manufacturer’s handbook for the proper range. Every filter should also be cleaned with the proper chemicals to keep it working efficiently.

CLEANING- Most pool manufacturers recommend your pool should be cleaned at least once a week. This will also depend on what type of chemical program you are using. You can clean your pool by using a hand vacuum system, battery operated system or an automatic system.

TESTING- You need to test your pool water at least once a week. Your local pool store can also test it for you and tell you what chemicals you need and what amount of each. The primary test will be for- Sanitizer level- pH- Alkalinity- Calcium Hardness- Stabilizer. By maintaining these levels in the proper range, you and your family will have a more enjoyable swimming experience.



Swimming Pool Coping

clock August 11, 2015 10:00 by author medallionpools |

We will discuss three types of coping (or bead receiver) options for the customer that will be purchasing a Vinyl Liner Swimming Pool:

1. Receptor Coping

2. Side Mount Coping

3. Top Mount Coping

Receptor Coping mounts on top of your pool wall and is used when concrete will be poured around the pool. This type of coping is the receiver that the concrete will be poured into and you will see a white edge around your pool. The liner will snap in place on the water side and can easily be changed with this type of coping without breaking any pool deck.

Side Mount Coping is used when a row of wood, brick or stone is used to mount directly on the top of the pool wall. This type of coping will show no white edge around the pool. The liner can easily be changed with out removing any wood, brick or stone.

Top Mount Coping is used when you want to pour a Cantilever pool deck. This type of deck will give you a rounded look at the water edge and you will not see a white edge around your pool. Cantilever coping forms will also be used. These are made from Styrofoam and you pour your concrete into them. They are then removed giving you that rounded edge look. The liner is easily changed with this type of coping.



How Do I Put Chlorine Tablets Into My Pool

clock August 6, 2015 10:00 by author medallionpools |

Many pool sanitizer options are now available for your swimming pool. If your choice is chlorine tablets or chlorine sticks, what is the best way to get the product in the water? Chlorine tablets are usually available in 1” or 3” size. The stick is normally a 3” in diameter but much longer than the tablet.

You might think you would put them into your skimmer or use a floater. If you place them into your skimmer, chlorine residue could cause your liner to turn white in front of your skimmer. It can also damage the skimmer itself, your pump, your filter, and your plumbing lines. You also have no way to control the amount of chlorine going in your pool. The floater is a better choice. By using the floater, you may want to use the 1” size tablets. Since you do not have water rapidly going over the tablets to dissolve them, the 1” size would be better.

By trying to place them inside your pumps strainer basket, you could be doing harm to your equipment and still have no way to control the amount of chlorine getting into your pool. You have to estimate how many tablets or sticks to put in the basket. They would dissolve quickly and now your pool will have too high a chlorine reading.

The best way to use chlorine tablets or sticks, is with an Automatic Chlorinator. This unit would be installed in the pool return liner. If you have a pool heater, it should be installed after the heater. The chlorinator has a control value that you can regulate the proper amount of chlorine getting into your pool and you are not harming your liner or pool equipment.



Chlorine

clock August 4, 2015 10:00 by author medallionpools |

This is still one of the most commonly used disinfectants in a swimming pool. Several types of Chlorine Compounds are available.

1. Unstabilized Chlorine

A. Calcium Hypochlorite- granular and will not dissolve completely in water. Will tend to leave a lot of residue in the bottom of your pool.

B. This chemical will need to be put into your pool.

C. Stabilizer will also have to be added to extend the life of your chlorine.

2. Stabilized Chlorine

A. Tri-chlor- This is the solid form of chlorine and could be either chlorine tablets ( 3” or 1” ), or chlorine sticks.

B. Di-chlor- this is in granular form and is slow dissolving.

C. This product line has stabilizer built into it.

D. If you use a floater with chlorine tablets, you may need to add some stabilizer because the tablets will not dissolve quickly enough.

Chlorine is susceptible to rapid decomposition from the sun’s ultra-violet rays. In order to improve the effectiveness of chlorine and reduce its loss, the stabilizer or Cyanuric acid level will need to be maintained above 40 PPM. The Free chlorine level of your pool water is what is the most important. That level should be maintained between 1.0 – 2.0 PPM. Your pool could have a chlorine reading and still have algae because the free chlorine level is too low.



Swimming Pool Equipment Maintenance Tips

clock July 23, 2015 10:00 by author medallionpools |

Here are just a couple of quick equipment maintenance tips to help keep things running smoothly. Be sure to read your equipment manuals and follow the manufacturers’ recommendations.

If you have a Sand or DE filter you probably have a Multi-Port Value that either attaches to the top of your filter or is mounted on the side of your filter. The handle you push down when you want to change a function has a spring under it which you can’t see. It is a good idea once or twice during the pool season, turn your pump off, push the handle down and spray some type of lubricant under the handle to keep the spring lubricated.

The pump has a lid that has an o-ring either that mounts on the lid or has a grove in the pump it mounts to. This o-ring needs to be lubricated with o-ring lube to help it seal better and make it easier for you to remove the pump lid to clean the strainer basket. If the o-ring does not seal properly, your pump may not prime or the strainer basket may not fill up completely with water. You will notice a lot of air bubbles.

On the pump you also have drain plugs. Most of these drain plugs have a small o-ring. If this o-ring is missing or broken, a lot of air will get into your filtration system and the pump may have a hard time priming or the strainer basket may not fill up with water. Make sure the o-ring is in place. You can wrap a small amount of Teflon tape around the threads and cover that with o-ring lube.

If you have an Automatic Chlorinator, this unit has an o-ring. This o-ring is either mounted in the top of the lid or on the chlorinator itself. This o-ring will wear out and become brittle and may have some small breaks in it. This could cause air leaks. Replace if needed and cover with o-ring lube.