Causes Of pH Changes In Your Swimming Pool Or Spa

clock November 5, 2015 08:00 by author medallionpools |

Many factors influence the pH of pool and spa water therefore many different causes of pH change exist. The ideal range for pH is 7.2 – 7.6. Some possible causes for change are;

1. Rain water

2. Use of chlorine tablets (trichlor)

3. Bromine tablets will lower pH

4. Gas chlorine dramatically lowers pH

5. Sodium Hypochlorite (liquid bleach) - raises pH

6. Calcium Hypochlorite (granular chlorine) - raises pH

7. Algae growth - absorbs Carbon Dioxide and usually raises pH

8. Swimmers and swimmers waste will lower pH


Maintaining the proper pH range helps protect your swimming pool equipment, allows the chemical products to work more efficiently and makes the pool water more comfortable for swimming. Here are some of the possible problems caused when pH is not kept in balance;

1. Clouds pool water

2. Your pool sanitizer will not be as effective

3. Could cause scale to form

4. Possible skin and eye irritation

5. Will corrode equipment and metal items.

It is important to test your pool water on a regular basis either by your home test kit or taking a sample of yourur local pool store. Make sure you have the proper test kit to test for pH.

What Is BaquaSpa?

clock October 29, 2015 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.

Winter Cover Options For Your Inground Pool

clock September 29, 2015 08:00 by author medallionpools |

In most parts of the country, fall is definitely in the air and the time to put your swimming pool to sleep is very near. How will you cover your pool for those cold, rainy, snowy winter months? Many cover options are available. Let’s discuss some.

One type of cover is an anchored cover, sometimes also referred to as a safety cover. If you have a concrete patio around your pool, this type of cover can be installed. If you have pavers around your pool, this type of cover can be installed. With pavers, the installer will also need to add Paver Rods to hold the anchors in place. The installer would drill a series of small holes in the concrete or pavers to install the anchors. The springs on the cover would attach to these anchors. In the summer months when the pool is in used, these anchors will be flush with your patio.

The Safety Cover could be manufactured with MESH material or SOLID material. The MESH material will allow rain water or melted snow in your pool but no trash. The amount of fine particulates and sunlight that enter your pool are determined by the grade of mesh used to make the cover. When you remove this type of cover when you open your pool, your pool water may not be clean for swimming right away. You may need to run your filter a few days to clear the water. This type of cover is light weight and easy to install.

The SOLID safety cover will not allow any water or sunlight into your pool. If you closed your pool with clear water and put some winterizing chemicals in the water, when this cover is removed, you may be able go swimming right away. This cover is available with a pump that will pump off rain water or melted snow or with a MESH panel in the center that will allow the water and a small amount of sunlight into your pool.

If a Safety Cover is not for you, use a regular winter cover that has water tubes that hold it in place. This type of cover overlaps your pool about two feet all around and water tubes are filled half full to have the weight to hold this cover down on this two foot overlap. Do not fill the water tubes all the way, the water inside will freeze and cause the tube to split. Your local pool dealer will be glad to show you these cover options.

What Is A Concrete Swimming Pool

clock September 1, 2015 10:00 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.

Solar Rings

clock January 30, 2015 11:05 by author medallionpools |

Solar Rings are the new wave of solar heating. They are large, approximately 5’ in diameter, very colorful and attractive and light weight. No more need for the bulky solar tubes to roll up your cover.

These Solar Rings hook together depending on what size pool you have. You can use as many and needed to cover the surface of your pool. When you are ready to swim just take them out and stack them on the side of your pool area.

They come with water anchors for them to stay in place too. They put out up to 21,000 BTU’s of heat per Solar Ring.