Cleaning Debris From Your Pool After Opening It

clock April 7, 2015 10:00 by author medallionpools |

When spring comes and you are excited about opening your pool you also dread what could possibly be under the cover.

If you have a safety cover on your pool you are pretty sure there isn’t much under the cover but water.

With regular winter covers so many times leaves and small debris will get under the cover. Or if you are not careful debris will spill into the pool when the cover is removed. There are several ways to remove the leaves and small debris items. If there’s not much at the bottom then the easiest way is to use your telescopic pool and a leaf net. For more debris you can use a deep leaf net which can pick up quite a large amount. It could be a little hard on the arms and back pulling it out of the water but you will get much more in one scoop.

The best way is to use the Leaf Bagger. It is round and has a ring brush on the bottom with a mesh bag at the top. You attach a garden hose to it along with your telescopic pole and move it along the bottom of the pool. All the debris is collected into the mesh bag. You simply bring it up when it is full and empty it. This really saves a lot of time and the debris does not go into your filter so you don’t have to worry about backwashing your filter when you finish.



What To Do If Your Pool Motor Just Hums When You Turn It On

clock April 2, 2015 10:00 by author medallionpools |

As you read this article, please bear in mind that this just a generic guide and not meant to be a complete set of instructions. You are dealing with an electric motor. Electricity is extremely dangerous. If you are uncertain about any of this, do not attempt to repair this on your own; contact a suitable service technician.

At some point over the life of your pool pump you may turn it on one day and all that happens is you hear is a humming sound. If this happens, quickly turn off the pump. There are several possible causes. The most common time for this to occur is after the pump has been sitting idle for a long period of time (such as over the winter). Scale or other corrosion can build up in certain parts of the motor and make it difficult to start. With the power turned off, examine the back of your pool pump’s motor. You will need to remove the cover and manually spin the motor shaft. If the shaft spins freely, replace the cover and try the motor again. If not, you will need to disassemble the pump to determine if anything is clogging or jamming the impeller.

If nothing is jamming the impeller and the shaft still will not turn, you will probably need to replace the motor. If the shaft spins freely by hand, but still only hums when you turn on the power, you will need to use a multi-meter to verify the pump is receiving the correct amount of electricity. (Remember, if you are not properly trained on how to safely perform any of these procedures, hire a service technician or an electrician.) If the shaft spins freely by hand, you have the proper amount of electricity, and the unit still only hums, you will probably need to replace the motor.

In many cases, simply spinning the shaft manually to break it free then turning the power back on will correct the problem.



Basic Pool Maintenance

clock March 31, 2015 10:00 by author medallionpools |

Pool maintenance relies on some basic steps that are simple, but effective. You should pay close attention to these steps to help keep your pool looking and performing at its best.

Circulation

The water in your pool must be circulating for the products to work properly. This makes it harder for bacteria and algae to grow. The more water that goes through the filter will make it work more efficiently and effectively. APSP standards call for your filter system to be able to turn your pool water over within 12 hours. It is recommended that your water be filtered for at least 10 hours or more at any given time, preferably, during the day. Some conditions may require you to run your pump longer.

Filtration

The filter is used to keep your water clear and it removes debris. To do this, it is recommended that (for sand and DE filters) the filter be backwashed when the pressure of the water in the filter gets above its normal pressure (see your manufacturer’s handbook). However, backwashing alone doesn’t remove oils or stains, nor can you backwash a cartridge filter. Every filter should be cleaned with a chemical filter cleaner as part of a maintenance program. See the instructions on the particular filter cleaner you are using for proper use. With proper cleaning and care, the sand in most sand filters should be changed every 3-5 years.

Cleaning

Leading pool chemical manufacturers recommend that your pool should be cleaned weekly. You can do this by using a manual vacuuming system or by adding an automatic pool cleaner.

Testing

Another way to keep your pool at its best is remembering to test the water. You should test your pool water at least once a week. The tests are for pH, active sanitizer (available chlorine, bromine, Baquacil, etc.), total alkalinity, calcium hardness, salt (when applicable), stabilizer (when applicable), etc. You can also periodically bring a water sample to your local pool store if they offer water analysis services (usually for a small fee to cover their expenses). They will be able to give you a computer printout of your results with recommendations for treatment. You should also bring in a water sample prior to closing your pool. These tips will help you keep a proper balance and also decrease the risks of any future problems.



Misconceptions About Swimming Pool Maintenance

clock March 19, 2015 10:00 by author medallionpools |

Many homeowners who have expressed an interest in installing a swimming pool may have been told by a friend or neighbor, that pool will work you to death. “You will never have time to enjoy your pool. My neighbor installed a swimming pool about 20 years ago and I see him at the pool every day either cleaning it or putting chemicals in it.”

These are all misconceptions that relate back to the time when most people used granular chlorine as their chemical of choice. This chemical had to go into the pool every day, approximately 1 pound per 10,000 gallons of pool water. This chemical will leave a lot of residue on the pool floor that will require vacuuming quite often. As you vacuum, this residue will turn cloudy and you will need another chemical to clear the pool.

With chemical technology today along with the many automatic pool cleaners available, your weekly maintenance time on your pool will be very short and in most cases, less than one hour. If you use for example, a chlorine generator (salt system) you will add the salt directly to the pool when the unit lets you know the salt level is getting low. This may be as little as two to three bags per season.

This type of system will not have the residue that the granular chlorine system will produce. Very little vacuuming will be required. Chlorine generators are just one example of a sanitizer system you could use. Our message is, if you have an interest in installing a swimming pool; meet with your local pool dealer to learn more about all the different types of sanitizers and cleaners that are available. A swimming pool now can be a lot of fun with very little maintenance.



My Swimming Pool Is My Backyard Escape

clock March 17, 2015 10:00 by author medallionpools |

Wake up early, make breakfast, fix lunch for your kids, either take them to school or get them on the school bus. Go home and get dressed and go to work. Work 8-10 hours. Come home, cook supper, help with homework, put kids to bed, fall out in your own bed. How many live this life style?

This pattern goes on every morning. Our lives are too short. We need some form of recreation and family togetherness. Loading up the car and going to the beach or local community swimming pool is starting to cost more and more money. Then you have to fight the crowds and the traffic driving home.

Think how great it would be to take that recreation time in your own backyard. No driving. No traffic. No having to stop to feed the kids or take them to the bathroom. Your own swimming pool is a means of a better lifestyle and well being for you and your family.

Swimming is great for your health and gets your kids out of the house for more exercise. With all the technology available today, kids have forgotten how to have fun without a computer. Do not look at a pool as a waste of money but as a means to improve your health and your family lifestyle. Cook your dinner outside by your pool. Eat by your pool. Enjoy your pool. No better time than now to take a visit to your local pool dealer.