Why Is My Chlorine Reading Always Low In My Pool

clock July 19, 2017 15:55 by author medallionpools |

For those of you who occasionally have this problem, here are a few possible reasons...

The sun will cause Chlorine levels to quickly dissipate if you do not have the proper level of Stabilizer. The proper amount of Stabilizer in your pool water will extend the life of your Chlorine. Cyanuric Acid is the chemical used as a swimming pool stabilizer.

The proper range of Stabilizer using chlorine as the sanitizer, should be in a range of 30-60 PPM (parts per million). For the customers that use Granular Chlorine, that product has no stabilizer built into it. You need to use Cyanuric Acid on a regular basis to extend the life of your chlorine. If you add granular chlorine to your swimming pool in the morning and get a chlorine reading, that reading could be zero in the afternoon due to low stabilizer level.

For customers that use Chlorine tablets, stabilizer is built into the tablet and Cyanuric Acid may not be needed as often. The problem is when a chlorine floater is used and 3” chlorine tablets are placed in the floater, the pool may not be getting enough chlorine or stabilizer because these tablets do not dissolve quickly enough. This will result in algae and almost a zero stabilizer reading.

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Using an Automatic Chlorinator with the chlorine tablets inside, will give you a better chance of your pool receiving the proper chlorine level and the proper stabilizer level. It is very important to get your pool water checked on a regular basis for the proper reading of stabilizer.

If you are using a Chlorine Generator (Salt System) the stabilizer level is extremely important. Most Chlorine Generators produce Chlorine at a steady pace without the high and low level spikes you get when using granular. Without the proper Stabilizer level to protect this Chlorine from the sunlight you could be losing it nearly as fast as it is being produced.

 

Please remember that this information is generic. Your pool may have different requirements. See your Medallion pool dealer or contact us with any questions.



Water Returns Slowly To My Pool

clock July 12, 2017 15:53 by author medallionpools |

A swimming pool has a skimmer where the pool water goes into and from there into the filter and then back to the pool thru the return wall fitting. Have you noticed your return water flow is not as strong as it used to be? What could be causing this?

 

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If you have a Cartridge Filter, when was the last time you changed or cleaned your filter? If you have a DE Filter, have you checked the grids inside lately? If you have a Sand Filter, when was the last time you changed or cleaned your sand? If you have maintained your filter properly, then this might not be your problem.

When you vacuum your pool, do you use a Skimvac that fits over top of your skimmer basket? By using this Skimvac, the basket can stay in place and trap any leaves or debris. If you do not use the Skimvac, you may have some debris trapped in the impeller of the motor in your swimming pool pump. This impeller has to rotate so many revolutions per minute. Leaves and debris will slow this movement.

Related: How to vacuum your pool

Slow water flow does not mean your swimming pool pump is going bad. You need to check the impeller, the skimmer and strainer baskets and even your plumbing lines. When the water flow slows down, the filter and these other items need to be checked. Something is restricting the flow of water back to the pool. In most cases, this is simply an issue with a dirty filter or baskets, so check those first. For more troubleshooting tips on slow water return talk to your local swimming pool dealer or contact us now.



Swimming Pool Controls And Automation

clock July 5, 2017 11:36 by author medallionpools |

http://www.medallionpools.com/blogengine2/image.axd?picture=2015%2f5%2f20140707_0093-Recovered-2.jpgAre you thinking about installing a swimming pool, but wondering where the equipment will go and how you’ll find the time to learn how to use it? Automation is your answer. You can schedule the control of your pool or spa right from your house. Systems that are on the market are designed for ease and simplicity.

Your pool pump, heater, salt system and spa can be wired into the Automation System. You can even add a wireless remote or use your smart phone. No more trips out to the pump to turn it on and off - do it from inside your home. Want the spa hot and ready for you when you get home from work? Use your phone to turn up the temperature. The type of system you will need will depend on what type of pool or spa equipment you have. Your swimming pool dealer will be able to provide this answer.

Related: Basic Pool Maintenance

Systems are designed to operate a pool, spa, or both. Push a button from inside your house to warm up your pool or spa so they’re ready for you when you need that time to relax. Lights for pool or spa or both can also be added to these systems. Special valves with powered actuators can be added to turn on the water to your slide, waterfall, step jets, or any other water feature.

Some of these systems have built in diagnostics to let you know all systems are functioning correctly or what needs to be corrected. These systems also have built in programmable features. These systems are designed to free up your time and give you more time to relax and unwind. See your swimming pool dealer or contact us to learn more today.



When Should You Change The Sand In Your Sand Filter

clock June 28, 2017 08:30 by author medallionpools |

Have you noticed the look of your pool water is not as clear as it used to be? Have you noticed no matter how much water clarifier you put into your pool, the water is still cloudy? Have you noticed the sanitizer level is not as stable as it used to be? Do you notice dirt or debris blowing back into your pool thru the return fitting?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, when was the last time you either cleaned your sand filter or changed your sand? You should use filter cleaner each season and clean your sand. For example; if your sink becomes clogged at home, you usually use a drain cleaner to remove the problem. Same principle with a sand filter but you would use filter cleaner.

It is not a set rule when you should change your sand but a good guideline is usually every 3-5 years if you have been using a filter cleaner every season. If you do not use a filter cleaner you will need to change it more often. This time line can change based on what type chemicals you use, amount of activity in your pool, and how often you keep the filter running. Suntan lotion and waste from your body both play a part in decreasing the effectiveness of your sand filter.

When you do change your sand in the filter, it is a good time to also check the laterals that you will find in the bottom of your filter below the sand. If they are broken or cracked, be sure to replace them. Any that are broken could cause sand to blow back into your pool. You should cover these laterals with water first before adding any sand. The heavy sand could cause some damage to them.



Misconceptions About Swimming Pool Maintenance

clock June 21, 2017 07:00 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.