Types Of Winter Covers

clock September 22, 2016 07:00 by author medallionpools |

automatic swimming pool cover

If you have an inground pool, you have quite a few choices on a winter covers. One type of cover is an automatic cover that is operated by pushing a button. This is the most expensive option. This type of cover has a track system that attaches along the edge of the pool and the cover is attached with a roller system. In most cases this cover is built into the pool during the initial installation process so that the motor and roller assembly can be installed below the deck. Some manufacturers also offer this type of cover with a manual system that is on rollers. Anchored Covers (also known as safety covers) are manually installed and removed. They are offered in Mesh and Solid. This is the type of cover that anchors are placed in the decking around the pool and the cover is attached to them. Anchors are available for concrete, wood, and pavers. In the winter time, these anchors are raised to hold the cover in place and in the summer they are lowered so they are flush with the deck.

swimming pool safety cover

The Mesh Safety Cover is offered in different grades of Mesh material. The lower grades of Mesh allow more sunlight in the pool during the winter and the higher grades reduce the effect of sunlight. The more sunlight your pool gets the more potential for algae to grow. The Mesh cover is available in different colors from some manufactures and only available in Green from others. The advantages of a mesh cover are lower cost and they are lighter, thus easier to put on and take off.

The Solid Safety Cover will not allow any sunlight or water to enter your pool. When you remove this cover after the winter, the pool water is more likely to look like it did when you covered it. Different colors are also available from certain manufacturers. The Solid Safety Cover can come with a pump you leave on the cover all winter to pump off rain or melted snow or a mesh panel in the center to allow water to drain into the pool. This cover offers more protection for the pool but is heavier than the mesh.

swimming pool with water tube cover

The Water Tube type cover is also available. This cover will overlap your pool approximately two feet all around. On this two foot area, you can get water tubes that you fill half with water to hold the cover down. Do not fill completely because they will freeze and break. This type of cover is the least expensive. Your swimming pool dealer will help you with these options.



Winterizing Your Pool – Part 3

clock September 20, 2016 07:00 by author medallionpools |

inground pool with safety cover

We wanted to give you a few basic tips on how to winterize your vinyl liner swimming pool. Please note that this is just a generic information list and not intended as a complete winterizing guide. Every pool is different so please be sure to follow all the instructions found in your owner’s manuals. If you have any questions regarding your particular installation the company you purchased the pool or equipment from should be more than happy to help you. As always, when using any chemicals be sure to follow the manufacturer's instructions and safety precautions. They are there for a reason.

This article is being done in several parts. The third part deals mainly with what to do during the winter.

  • It is normal to add water to your pool throughout the winter months due to evaporation. Lift your cover often, check your water level and add as necessary.
  • If your cover is waterproof, water will accumulate on the top from the winter rains. When the water level reaches 1 to 2 inches in depth, then it is time to pump most of it off. It is recommended to leave a film of water on water tube type covers to keep them from whipping about in the wind. When you pump the water off your cover make sure you replace the water in the pool with a garden hose while you are pumping the cover off. If you do not keep your water level up high then there is a good possibility that your liner will float and wrinkles could develop on the bottom and/or sides of your liner. A shifting of the bottom can also occur.
  • Do not try to break the ice on your cover. The sharp edges might cut the cover.
  • Start the motor at least once each month for no more than 3 seconds. This will help prevent scale from accumulating and binding up the impeller and motor shaft.
  • Again, never drain the water from your pool and always keep your water level high. Remember when you pump water off your cover always have a garden hose filling your pool at the same time at the same rate as you are pumping your cover off.

It is very difficult to cover every detail that is required to winterize a swimming pool. We hope we have covered most of the items in these articles. If you have any additional questions or concerns visit your local pool store, your installer, or your pool’s manufacturer. This set of instructions is designed as a general guide only. Every pool is unique and has individual requirements for winterization. Medallion neither makes nor implies any guarantee that by following these instructions you will halt all chances of a floating liner, cracked or frozen skimmer, cracked or frozen pump, cracked or frozen heater, cracked or frozen filter, cracked or frozen plumbing, etc. These are all considered acts of God and it is the responsibility of the homeowner to prevent these items from happening.



Winterizing Your Pool – Part 2

clock September 15, 2016 07:00 by author medallionpools |

pentair superflo pump

We wanted to give you a few basic tips on how to winterize your vinyl liner swimming pool. Please note that this is just a generic information list and not intended as a complete winterizing guide. Every pool is different so please be sure to follow all the instructions found in your owner’s manuals. If you have any questions regarding your particular installation the company you purchased the pool or equipment from should be more than happy to help you. As always, when using any chemicals be sure to follow the manufacturer's instructions and safety precautions. They are there for a reason.

This article is being done in several parts. The second part deals mainly with the area around the pump and filter.

    pentair drain plug

  1. oring lubricant

    Remove all drain plugs from the pool equipment. Do not reinstall your drain plugs until spring. This includes your pump, filter, heater, chlorinator, and any other equipment within the plumbing system. Consult your owner’s manuals for their locations. Lubricate all plugs and o-rings with o-ring lubricant.
  2. Open the strainer basket cover. Clean the basket and replace. Put your drain plugs and o-rings in the basket. Lubricate the o-ring on your strainer housing with o-ring lubricant and replace the lid.
  3. Once all of your equipment has been properly winterized according to the manufacturers’ specifications, make sure all plumbing lines are appropriately winterized according to the requirements of your geographic location.

    pentair sd80 filter

  4. Place the multi-port valve in a neutral position (this means between any two grooves or if one is indicated on your multi-port valve use the “winterize” position) for the winter.
  5. If you have a Nature2 Express, remove the cartridge.
  6. If you have an automatic chlorinator, drain it, remove the tablets (be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions for safely handling all chemicals), thoroughly rinse with fresh water, replace the lid but leave it loose to allow any gases to escape.
  7. If you have a salt system, disconnect the cell part of the salt system, unplug it from the power center and bring it indoors for the winter. Make sure you follow the manufacturer’s directions on cleaning it for the winter.
  8. If you have an automatic cleaner that uses hoses to attach to your skimmer (such as a Baracuda), take all of the hoses apart and store them straight. Do not coil them or they will not work next spring.

Note:

  • Filters, pumps and heaters can take up to 30 days to completely drain. Do not wait until freezing weather is predicted to drain your filter, pump and heater. If you do it will be too late.
  • All pumps, filters and heaters vary somewhat on winterizing procedures. Always refer to your owner’s manual for your particular make and model.
  • Some pumps, filters and heaters may have more plugs and drain valves. See your owner’s manual for complete details.
  • Please check with your local pool store for their winterizing advice for your location. Every area of the country is different and may require additional steps and precautions.


Winterizing Your Pool – Part 1

clock September 14, 2016 10:00 by author medallionpools |

swimming pool skimmer plug

We wanted to give you a few basic tips on how to winterize your vinyl liner swimming pool. Please note that this is just a generic information list and not intended as a complete winterizing guide. Every pool is different so please be sure to follow all the instructions found in your owner’s manuals. If you have any questions regarding your particular installation the company you purchased the pool or equipment from should be more than happy to help you. As always, when using any chemicals be sure to follow the manufacturer's instructions and safety precautions. They are there for a reason.

This article is being done in several parts. The first part deals mainly with the area around the pool itself.

  1. Vacuum your pool thoroughly. Remember, the cleaner your pool is when you close it, the easier it will be to open it.
  2. Clean your filter with a chemical filter cleaner compatible with your pool sanitizer. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions and the instructions on the cleaner’s label for the proper procedure.
  3. It is highly advised that you purchase a winterizing chemical kit compatible with the sanitizer you are using in your pool. Whatever chemical system you are using, you must make sure that your water is chemically balanced. Do not leave chlorine on the liner - it will bleach it. Then add the appropriate amount of algaecide to your pool according to the instructions on the container.
  4. Remove the ladder, rails, diving board, slide, and any other deck items around your pool.
  5. swimming pool skimmer gizzmo

  6. Bring the water level up to at least your normal summertime water level. For in-wall skimmers it is highly recommended that you purchase a Skimmer Plug and a Gizzmo to protect your skimmer from freezing.
  7. Install the Skimmer Plug and (using the Waste setting on your multiport valve) suck the water out of your skimmer. This should only take a few seconds.
  8. Install the Gizzmo in the skimmer and then fill the bottom portion of your skimmer half way with a non-toxic antifreeze solution. Keep checking this during the winter.
  9. If you have a dry niche light (such as the Lumi-O) it is not unusual for your light boxes to fill with water over the winter months. It is a good idea to remove your bulb from your light and coat the light socket with WD-40. It is also not unusual for the light boxes to fill with water even during the summer months. This is considered an act of God and the amount of frequency upon which it happens depends on the amount of rain you have and the speed in which your ground can absorb water. If this is your case then you should also coat your light socket with WD-40 during the summer months as well. If you have water in your boxes in the summer months you can put a cover pump in your light box periodically and remove the water.
  10. swimming pool with water tube cover

  11. Cover the pool. If you are using a safety cover, refer to owner’s manual for the proper installation procedure. If you are using a winter cover that requires water tubes, use the following instructions:
    • Concrete blocks to hold down the cover are NOT recommended. USE ONLY WATERTUBES.
    • Do not stretch the cover. Let it sit loosely around the coping.
    • Fill the water tubes only halfway to allow for freezing.
    • It is completely normal for poly covers to leak water through the top. These covers will not always seal 100%. It is even better for your cover if you keep a thin layer of water on it.

Please check with your local pool store for their winterizing advice for your location. Every area of the country is different and may require additional steps and precautions.



What is Synergy?

clock August 23, 2016 09:30 by author medallionpools |

Synergy may be a new name for you in sanitizers. It has been around for several years and was previously known as Simplicity, but most people either go with the granular chlorine, tablet chlorine, or have switched to the salt system (an extremely easy to use system that you can read more about by clicking here). While all of those are good, the Synergy System is a 3 step process to start then it is a very simple 2 step process, once a week treatment. Almost all customers that have tried the Synergy System are highly satisfied. They like the ease of use, water clarity, cost effectiveness and the all in a box packaging.

There is a large reduction of problems with the Synergy System. Your water is less cloudy and it reduces algae. You also use very little PH and Alkalinity as compared to other sanitizing systems. This System means a lot less work for you.

When you start the season you will add Initiator directly to your skimmer. IMPORTANT: If you have been on Baquacil or any other chemical that does not have a chlorine base in it you must get all of that chemical out of your pool first. It takes one 12.5 lb bottle per 10,000 gallons of water in your pool. This should last you for a typical swimming season of approximately 4 months. If you keep your pool open longer you may have to add it again. A large box of Synergy is made for pools of approximately 20,000 gallons and should last up to 10 weeks. After 2 weeks which gives the Initiator time to circulate in you pool, you should take a sample of water to your pool store to have it tested for the proper dosage of initiator. You need to have a 1.0-1.5 ppm sanitizer (free chlorine) level. If everything is correct then it’s time to start the Synergy System.

The large box contains 2 large containers of Synergy Tablets, 10 - 1 lb. bottles of Synergy Clear and test strips. You simply put the tablets in a floater or an automatic chlorinator once a week. Then you pour the clear into the pool at a rate of ½ a bottle per 10,000 gallons of water in your pool. That’s it. It’s only once a week. The Synergy System is easier on your liner, clothes and hair. The Synergy System also helps to eliminate most of the irritating chloramines and other contaminants that bother the swimmer’s eyes and nose and the water feels very soft on your skin. Then relax and enjoy your pool with sparkling clear water, less maintenance and less maintenance chemicals.