Winterizing Your Pool – Part 1

clock September 3, 2014 11:43 by author medallionpools |

swimming pool skimmer plug

We wanted to give you a few basic tips on how to winterize your vinyl liner swimming pool. 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.

This article is being done in several parts. The first part deals mainly with the area around the pool itself.

  1. Vacuum your pool thoroughly. Remember, the cleaner your pool is when you close it, the easier it will be to open it.
  2. Clean your filter with a chemical filter cleaner compatible with your pool sanitizer. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions and the instructions on the cleaner’s label for the proper procedure.
  3. It is highly advised that you purchase a winterizing chemical kit compatible with the sanitizer you are using in your pool. Whatever chemical system you are using, you must make sure that your water is chemically balanced. Do not leave chlorine on the liner - it will bleach it. Then add the appropriate amount of algaecide to your pool according to the instructions on the container.
  4. Remove the ladder, rails, diving board, slide, and any other deck items around your pool.
  5. swimming pool skimmer gizzmo

  6. Bring the water level up to at least your normal summertime water level. For in-wall skimmers it is highly recommended that you purchase a Skimmer Plug and a Gizzmo to protect your skimmer from freezing.
  7. Install the Skimmer Plug and (using the Waste setting on your multiport valve) suck the water out of your skimmer. This should only take a few seconds.
  8. Install the Gizzmo in the skimmer and then fill the bottom portion of your skimmer half way with a non-toxic antifreeze solution. Keep checking this during the winter.
  9. If you have a dry niche light (such as the Lumi-O) it is not unusual for your light boxes to fill with water over the winter months. It is a good idea to remove your bulb from your light and coat the light socket with WD-40. It is also not unusual for the light boxes to fill with water even during the summer months. This is considered an act of God and the amount of frequency upon which it happens depends on the amount of rain you have and the speed in which your ground can absorb water. If this is your case then you should also coat your light socket with WD-40 during the summer months as well. If you have water in your boxes in the summer months you can put a cover pump in your light box periodically and remove the water.
  10. swimming pool with water tube cover

  11. Cover the pool. If you are using a safety cover, refer to owner’s manual for the proper installation procedure. If you are using a winter cover that requires water tubes, use the following instructions:
    • Concrete blocks to hold down the cover are NOT recommended. USE ONLY WATERTUBES.
    • Do not stretch the cover. Let it sit loosely around the coping.
    • Fill the water tubes only halfway to allow for freezing.
    • It is completely normal for poly covers to leak water through the top. These covers will not always seal 100%. It is even better for your cover if you keep a thin layer of water on it.

Please check with your local pool store for their winterizing advice for your location. Every area of the country is different and may require additional steps and precautions.

Advantages Of Installing An Inground Pool In The Fall

clock September 1, 2014 11:39 by author medallionpools |

inground kidney shaped swimming pool

The actual installation time of a vinyl liner pool takes about 4-5 days depending on weather and other local conditions. This time would not include pouring the patio around the pool or any landscaping. The excavation of the pool is larger than the actual pool size and then when the pool is installed, the dirt is backfilled against the pool panels.

In some cases, this over excavation is about three feet larger than the pool. This area is loose fill dirt and will settle. The longer you can wait to give this area time to settle, the longer your pool patio area will last without cracking. If the pool is installed in the October to December time frame, you can give that area the rest of the winter to settle and come back in early March to have the patio poured.

After the patio is poured, then you can look into doing some landscaping around the pool. The summer customer is mainly the most frustrated because they would like everything done at one time. You could pour the pool patio right away if you had your pool installer backfill the pool with gravel or stone dust or some type of material that will not settle.

When the pool is installed later in the year, it is no need to have the extra cost to backfill with some other material other then the excavated dirt. You will have plenty of time for the area to settle around your pool and plan your patio for next year. Visit your local pool dealer and learn more about the many pool option choices you have.

Things To Consider When Purchasing An Inground Pool Part 2

clock August 31, 2014 10:56 by author medallionpools |

Inground pool with wood deck

Previously in Part 1 of “Things To Consider When Purchasing An Inground Pool” we discussed how the pool was going to be used. Now that you have determined how the pool will be used, you need to determine a budget.

A vinyl liner swimming pool is the most popular and most affordable swimming pool. Your average vinyl liner inground pool will start around $12,000 for a 16’x32’. This price will vary with size and shape, but general speaking this is the starting price. Vinyl liner pools can be manufactured to almost any shape and size you would like. Most customers like this feature and enjoy designing their own pool. Installation generally takes about 4-5 days.

A fiberglass swimming pool will generally start around $25,000. Fiberglass pools are limited in shape and size because of the manufacturing process and transportation reasons. Most fiberglass pools are smaller than your average inground pool. Installation generally takes about 1-2 weeks.

Gunite/concrete pools are your most expensive inground pools. Prices for an average concrete pool generally start around $50,000. These pools can be made any shape or size because they are formed on the jobsite. Installation for these pools generally takes about 10- 15 weeks. There is a lot of labor involved in this construction as well as a lot of down time waiting for concrete to cure.

As you can see there are inground pools to fit every budget. Make sure you find the right one for you. Your pool professional can assist you in this choice and can offer assistance and answer questions you may have.

Things To Consider When Purchasing An Inground Pool Part 1

clock August 30, 2014 08:51 by author medallionpools |

inground pool with 4ft radius corners

So you are considering an inground pool? There are many things to keep in mind during this process. This will be a several part article with the first part focusing on how will the pool be used.

First, how is the pool going to be used? Exercise, family gatherings, etc., are ways that your new pool may be used. If you are going to be using the pool for exercise you may choose a more traditional shape and size versus a kidney, oval, etc. More than likely you will be swimming laps so the length of the pool is important. Most customers who want a “lap pool” usual go with a width of 8’ or 10’ and a length of 40’. This gives the homeowner plenty of space to swim laps.

If you are looking to entertain family and friends your options will be broader. You can go with a custom freeform shape or your traditional rectangle. Both of these will work for you. If diving is what you are looking for make sure you get the appropriate deep end to accommodate this. When entertaining family, keep in mind young children may be using the pool. If this is the case you may not want a deep end. Many homeowners these days are electing to have the entire pool one depth, for example 3 ½’ or 4’ the entire length of the pool. Also, custom areas can be designed to have only a few inches of water for the very young children to play in.

Whether it’s exercise, entertaining, or just relaxing, there are many options available. By doing your research and seeing what’s out there, you can have the swimming pool of your dreams!