What Is BaquaSpa?

clock November 6, 2014 08:00 by author medallionpools |

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You have quite a few chemical option choices to use for your spa. The system we will discuss today is the BaquaSpa Water Care System. BaquaSpa is not a bromine or chlorine program. This system is more gentle on your eyes and skin. The products in this system are liquid. In a chlorine or bromine system, the use of these products causes pH changes. The BaquaSpa program does not affect pH.

This is a very simple system to use consisting of three basic products.

  1. BaquaSpa Waterline Control- That stain you might get along the water line from sweat, body fluids, etc. is preventing by using this product.
  2. BaquaSpa Oxidizer- This product has hydrogen peroxide which is designed to keep your spa water clear and eliminating any organic compounds These compounds cause cloudy water.
  3. BaquaSpa Sanitizer with Stain & Scale Control- this product is the main product of the three. This product will sanitize the water and kill bacteria. This product will also help protect against staining of your spa due to metals that might get in the water. It is more stable then chlorine or bromine and last longer in the water.

Be sure to take samples of your spa water to your local BaquaSpa dealer so the water can be tested to determine what other BaquaSpa chemicals might be needed. The three listed above consist of the three part program and are needed on a regular basis as called for on the label.

If you are starting your spa for the first time or just adding fresh water, here are the suggested amounts to use of these three products based on the spa having 350 gallons of water;

BaquaSpa Waterline Control- 3 ½ ozs.

BaquaSpa oxidizer- 7 ozs.

BaquaSpa Sanitizer- 2 ozs.

Remember to also keep a clean filter and replace when necessary. Spa water should always be maintained at a temperature of no more then 104 degrees or less. Temperature higher than that is very dangerous for your health and any small children. As always, be sure to follow all of the directions and obey all safety warnings when dealing with any chemicals.



What Is A Vinyl Liner Swimming Pool

clock November 4, 2014 08:00 by author medallionpools |

Let’s first discuss what a vinyl liner is. It is a material that is manufactured from virgin material (never used, not reprocessed) and is treated with a fungicide to inhibit bacteria growth. This material is available in many different colors and pattern designs. It is also available in different thickness, example; 20 mil vs. 28 mil (this is thicker material).

This liner can be made in any shape or size. The liner is installed against panels of a pool which could be manufactured from Aluminum, Galvanized Steel, Polymer, Stainless Steel and still in some cases Wood. The liner offers a very smooth surface which is very pleasing to your feet.

A vinyl liner pool can be manufactured to look a lot like a concrete pool but is a lot less expensive. If you get tired of looking at the same liner you have in your pool for the last 15 years, you can easily change to a new pattern. With today’s technology, this type of pool can be designed to fit virtually any size or shape you want.

These pools can be designed to offer you different depth options. The shallow end could be 42” or 48”. The three most popular deep end depths are 5’, 6’ or 8’ (at least 8’ is needed for diving) but other depths are available. With today’s standards, if you want a pool to have an 8’ deep end, the pool size must be at least 16’ wide and 32’ long.



What Is A Fiberglass Swimming Pool

clock October 30, 2014 08:00 by author medallionpools |

This pool is manufactured from a fiberglass-reinforced material that has been formed into a certain shape and size on a preformed mold at the factory. The surface material is placed over the mold and formed into shape.  It is then coated with fiberglass.  This pool does not use external braces, but it must be installed in a specifically dug hole and must be supported with the proper backfill according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

The pool leaves the factory on a flatbed truck and at the job site a crane is used to remove the pool for placement in the excavated hole. Since most manufacturers offer certain size and shape molds, unlimited sizes and shapes are not available. Installation of this pool is fairly quick. Price wise, Fiberglass pools are usually much more expensive than vinyl liner pools, but less than concrete.

The homeowner needs to be very satisfied with their pool selection before the signing of the contract. This pool is not manufactured on site and has to be manufactured in a special mold, and then delivered to you. There is no changing your mind once the job has started. Do your homework first and choose the shape and size that will fit your family’s needs.



What Is A Concrete Swimming Pool

clock October 28, 2014 08:00 by author medallionpools |

This type of pool is custom built on site offering you many different styles and options. A steel reinforced structure is first built. While these steel frames are being installed, plumbing pipe will also be installed. The plumbing pipes that are being installed are longer then you need, but after being checked for leaks, they will be cut off flush with the edge of the pool.

Gunite, sometimes called shotcrete is sprayed over this steel frame. This spraying process must be done by an expert experienced with the nozzle operation. The skill in doing this spraying is critical to producing a strong pool. The thickness of the gunite will depend on pool design, budget, and ground conditions. The next step will be to install the plaster over the gunite.

Once the gunite is dry, it is carefully smoothed to prepare the surface for the plastering stage. The plastering is available in different colors, along with many different colors and styles of tile that can be used for the border around the pool. The construction is complex and should be done by very experienced pool installers. This type of pool construction, generally takes longer to install then a Liner Pool or a Fiberglass Pool.



What Is Calcium Hardness And How Does It Affect A Pool Or Spa?

clock October 23, 2014 08:00 by author medallionpools |

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Calcium Hardness is the measure of how much Calcium is dissolved in the pool water. You do not want your Calcium Hardness to be to high or to low, that is why we suggest that your Calcium Hardness needs to be between 150 and 250 ppm (Parts per million). The ideal range is not always ideal for everyone it could change on the type of pool you have, or the type of chemicals that you are using in your system please consult a pool professional. If your Calcium Hardness is too high or to low you may experience some problems with your pool. You may see some corrosion or some pitting of some areas.

When your Calcium Hardness is to low your water becomes corrosive. When your water is corrosive it can very easily stain the floor and the sides of your pool. Not to mention the damage it can do to the metal parts of your pool, corrode plumbing fittings, do damage to the pump and heater. This can cause pitting on your pool decking surfaces and on the pool concrete. It may also etch your pools plaster and destroy grout if these were used in the making and installing of your pool.

When your Calcium Hardness is too high you could very easily clog your pools filter and it may also clog your pools heater elements. This will also cause scale build up on all of the pools surfaces. The water will become cloudy and the higher the Calcium Hardness is then more irritation will be cause to the swimmers skin and eyes. So this is something you defiantly want to keep in between the correct range because having high or low Calcium Hardness can both affect your pool in the incorrect way.