Air Leaks

clock May 11, 2017 01:30 by author medallionpools |

Are you noticing bubbles now starting to blow into your pool through the return fitting? Have you noticed the strainer basket (housed in the pump area with a lid on top) is no longer filling up with water like it used to? Have you noticed your skimmer is making a sound like sipping on a Slurpee?

If so, these are all signs that you have a possible air leak or the water level in your pool is too low. With low water level, the skimmer will pull in water and air and cause a noise or air bubbles. Your pump may even lose its prime. Try to maintain your pool water level at least half way up your skimmer.

If the pool does have enough water, then you might be getting an air leak thru the lid on your pump’s strainer basket. That lid has an o-ring. That o-ring needs to be removed and cleaned. Move it all around checking for any cracks or breaks in the o-ring. Replace the o-ring if you find these cracks or tears. Remember every time you open the lid on the strainer basket to clean the basket, you are letting air into your system.

When you put the o-ring back in place, you should coat it with O-Ring Lube (not Vaseline or other petroleum based produces). Vaseline and other petroleum based lubricants will cause the o-ring to deteriorate and break down. You may have a filter with a multiport value. On the side of that value is a bleeder valve designed to release air. Open it slightly to see if you can remove the air and let the water fill up completely in the pump’s strainer basket. Most of the time the problem is low water level in the pool or a worn out o-ring on pump lid.

Other items to check that do not occur as often are; a cracked pump lid, a cracked pump housing, the seal around the pump’s drain plug, a leaking plumbing joint, a crack in the pipe, a crack in the skimmer, etc.



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

clock May 9, 2017 07:00 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.



How To Change The Sand In Your Pool Filter

clock May 4, 2017 07:00 by author medallionpools |

After a few years of normal operation your pool filter sand gets full of particles and debris that will cause your chemicals to not work as well as they normally should. Changing your sand is a simple process that should be done at least every 3-5 years to make sure your pool operates at 100%. Here are the quick and easy steps to replacing your sand filter. Please note that these are generic directions for a unit with a removable, top mount valve. For the correct procedure for your filter, refer to the owners manual that came with your filter.

1. Turn off the pump, unscrew the drain plug on the bottom of the sand tank, and take off the Multi-Port valve.

2. Take a wet/dry shop vacuum and suck out all the old water and sand.

3. Once all the sand is removed take a water hose and spray out any remaining debris that is left in the tank (Be cautious to not break the plastic laterals that are in the bottom of your tank when vacuuming)

4. Put back on the drain cap for the sand filter.

5. Fill your tank at least half way up with water (this helps the sand settle down easily without breaking the plastic laterals)

6. The type of sand that you add to the filter will be #20 silica sand which is specifically produced for filter media. This sand is between 40-50mm in diameter and is available from most swimming pool supply stores. Do not substitute other types of sand or you will almost certainly have problems with your filter and potentially damage the pool also.

7. The amount of sand that you add to the filter will depend on the size of filter that you have. You must be certain to find accurate information about how much sand to use in your filter. Over filling or underselling the filter will at least cause the filter to not function properly, and at worst cause damage to the filter. Filter sand sizes range typically from 100 or 150 lbs all the way up to 600lbs or more for large pools.

8. Be sure not to get any sand into the sandpipe which will be wide open. It is difficult to get the sand actually into the filter without getting it in the sandpipe so you may like to tape up the standpipe opening to prevent this spilled sand from making it back to the pool through the return lines. Also, be sure that the sandpipe is aligned in the center of the tank during the process of adding the sand. Failure to do so will cause you to have problems putting the multi-port valve back on the tank.

9. Gently pour the sand into the filter. Failure to fill the tank at lease half full of water and/or dumping the sand in too roughly can break the laterals in the bottom of the tank.

10. Once the sand tank is filled with the required amount of sand, you can put the MPV back on. Make sure the MPV is tight and secure (do not over tighten.)

11. Once back together the first thing you need to do is give the filter a thorough backwash. You should start this process by over filling the pool and then backwashing for as much as 3 to 5 minutes, followed by a 60 second rinse cycle before setting to "filter".

If you have any questions about the process of changing your sand, please make sure to contact your pool professional.



My Husband Does Not Want A Pool

clock May 1, 2017 02:00 by author medallionpools |

If this is the way your husband thinks, he is perfectly normal. Very few husbands initially want to even look into the possibility of installing an inground pool. This is a misconception that many husbands have of thinking a pool is a lot of work and they do not have time to do the required maintenance.

Pools are not like they use to be ten years ago. The inground pool is very easy to maintain and requires very little time each week to keep clean. Your pool will require chemicals and which chemicals you use will determine your weekly cleaning time. Look into installing a Chlorine Generator (salt system).

With a salt system, the pump will not have to run 24 hrs. a day seven days a week. Your pool water will be a lot cleaner requiring a lot less of your time having to vacuum. Your chemical cost will be a lot less. You will have more time to enjoy the pool and not worry about cleaning. If you did not want to manually vacuum the pool, look into the many options for automatic pool cleaners. The pool now can become the focal point of a family vacation in your backyard everyday. There is nothing like coming home from a hard day at the office and unwinding in your pool. Your husband will love this after he tries it one time. Listen to the water, maybe turning on some music, cooking on the grill, no traffic. Just ask your husband to visit your local pool dealer to look into the many options available today.

Please note: results of various water treatment systems and filter times will vary. Consult your local pool professional for complete details.



Vinyl Liner Pools Have Grown Up

clock April 27, 2017 07:00 by author medallionpools |

Toss out any image you may have perceived about the looks of a Vinyl Liner Pool. Technology has enabled this type of pool to look like a concrete pool but at a very affordable price. Virtually any shape or size can now be manufactured and built.

The white walk in step that some people just do not like, can be replaced with a liner steps. These steps can extend across the width of the pool and you can even add a sun lounger area. If the sun lounger with liner steps is not to your liking, the walk in step now comes in blue or grey. This type of walk in step is also available with twin seats. This gives you room for people to sit and others to enter and exit your pool.

The standard white coping know as Receptor Coping, can be replaced with side mount if you want to use bullnose bricks around the edge of your pool or top mount if you want to pour a cantilever deck around your pool. This white coping would not be visible with side mount or cantilever.

Forget using a ladder to exit the deep end of your pool. Add an 8’ swim-out with room for two people to sit or lean back in with steps to exit the pool. Consider as an option using a 6’ In Wall Seat. This takes the place of a pool panel and ideal for two people to sit in with the option of adding jets to massage your lower back.