Fall Is A Great Time Of The Year To Consider A Spa

clock October 18, 2016 11:00 by author medallionpools |

The wonderful therapy of warm water on your body thru the many jets offered in a portable spa is great for the mind and body. Have a hard day at work? Kids making it hard to get a good night sleep? Joints or muscles sore? No better way to unwind than in your own spa.

Many sizes and depths are available. Some units offer water falls, LED lights, radio, TV. The options are unlimited. Many portable spas are available with a lounger or just individual seating. The jet action of the water can be controlled by the spa pack control panel which is convenient to get to. The spa pack with the heater will offer you that warm water you are looking for.

If you have a hard to get to location in your home that you would like to install a portable spa, then consider the units that you can purchase and assembly onsite. Some of these are large enough two people can lie on a 6’ float. Some are even large enough that 8 – 10 people can be in it and have room.

Many chemical options are available to make your spa experience almost maintenance free. Talk to your local dealer to learn about these options. You can even us a salt system in a portable spa. Why wait any longer. No better time than the present to start your search.



Safety Covers - Solid vs. Mesh

clock October 6, 2016 07:00 by author medallionpools |

Safety Cover

 

It’s time to figure out what kind of cover you want to protect your pool from the harsh winter ahead. Whether you have a new pool or an old pool, aboveground pool or in ground pool, a safety cover could work for you. There is a variety of covers to choose from in different types and colors.

Now let’s talk about the differences between mesh and solid safety covers.

One advantage of a mesh cover is that it generally requires little to no work during the offseason because the fine holes in the cover allow water from rain and snow to pass through while keeping debris out of the pool. There is also no need for a submersible water pump. Also a plus, the cover is easy to install and remove because it is lighter.

Solid covers generally require a little more work during the offseason when it comes to pumping water off the cover. The cover is also heavier than a mesh cover, requiring more assistance to put it on and take it off.

The solid cover general has the advantage when it comes to opening the pool. You will probably spend less time to get the water clear again. Since no sunlight can pass through, there is a less chance for algae to grow.

Mesh covers sometimes may require a little more work once the cover comes off. There is a chance that when you go to open the pool in the spring you may have to spend extra time brushing and vacuuming the pool since there is a chance that algae can grow as some sunlight will pass through the cover.

See your local pool professional for more information and to help you decide which cover is right for you.



Advantages Of Installing An Inground Pool In The Fall

clock October 4, 2016 09:00 by author medallionpools |

inground kidney shaped swimming pool

The actual installation time of a vinyl liner pool takes about 4-5 days depending on weather and other local conditions. This time would not include pouring the patio around the pool or any landscaping. The excavation of the pool is larger than the actual pool size and then when the pool is installed, the dirt is backfilled against the pool panels.

In some cases, this over excavation is about three feet larger than the pool. This area is loose fill dirt and will settle. The longer you can wait to give this area time to settle, the longer your pool patio area will last without cracking. If the pool is installed in the October to December time frame, you can give that area the rest of the winter to settle and come back in early March to have the patio poured.

After the patio is poured, then you can look into doing some landscaping around the pool. The summer customer is mainly the most frustrated because they would like everything done at one time. You could pour the pool patio right away if you had your pool installer backfill the pool with gravel or stone dust or some type of material that will not settle.

When the pool is installed later in the year, it is no need to have the extra cost to backfill with some other material other then the excavated dirt. You will have plenty of time for the area to settle around your pool and plan your patio for next year. Visit your local pool dealer and learn more about the many pool option choices you have.



The Gizzmo

clock September 29, 2016 07:00 by author medallionpools |

The Gizzmo

The Gizzmo is designed to absorb the expansion of water freezing in the skimmer of your swimming pool. It is an American made product. There are currently three types of Gizzmo: Regular, Super, and Super Duper Ultra.

The Regular Gizzmo is 9 inches long and installs in short skimmers. These skimmers are found on most above ground pools and some inground pools. It has 1-1/2 inch threads and a bar to grip on top for easy installation and removal.

The Super Gizzmo is 16 inches long and is designed for deep skimmers. These skimmers are found on most inground pools and some above ground pools. It has both 1-1/2 inch and 2 inch threads. This allows one product to fit multiple types of skimmers. It also has the same bar grip as the Regular Gizzmo.

The Super Duper Ultra Gizzmo is the same size and has all the same features as the Super Gizzmo but with an added feature. It contains an integrated blowout tube. This allows you to use compressed air to blow the water out of your skimmer lines should that be necessary for your pool.

For all models, use Teflon tape on the threads for a professional seal. Teflon tape is a very thin white tape used to wrap threads on pipe and fittings to improve the seal. Gizzmo’s are designed for single season use and are recyclable.



HOW TO EXTEND YOUR SWIMMING SEASON

clock September 27, 2016 03:00 by author medallionpools |

Do you find it harder each year to have to put the cover over your pool? Are the kids asking please do not cover the pool yet? You can extend your swimming time by adding a Heater.

Pool heaters can easily be installed by your local pool company. The type of heater you will need, will depend on;

1. How many gallons of water you have in your pool.

2. Do you want a gas heater? They can be either propane or natural gas.

3. Do you want an electric heater? Some of these can also cool the water.

Your local pool dealer can discuss these heater options with you. When you do add that heater, it is a good idea to also add a solar cover to keep the heat in the pool. The pool water can cool off quickly at night and the solar cover will slow down that process. The cover is light weight and inexpensive.

If you have a pool that holds 20,000 gallons of water, you might look at a 300,000 BTU Gas Heater (British Thermal Unit) heater. If you want to heat that same size pool quicker, look at a 400,000 BTU Gas Heater. The heater cost will be a little more with your initial purchase, but you will save in gas usuage by heating quicker.

The Heat Pump is more energy efficient but the initial cost is higher than the Gas Heater. If your pool gets to hot in the height of the summer, look at the Heat Pump that heats and cools. This unit will keep you refreshed in the hot summer days and warm you on cooler days.