Medallion Swimming Pool Information Blog

Welcome to Medallion Pools swimming pool information blog.

Here you will find articles with swimming pool information on a wide range of topics. There will be information about installing a new pool, maintaining your pool, swimming pool opening in the spring and pool closing in the fall, and much much more. Keep checking in for the latest information.

Can a Pool Be Installed If You Have a Well and Septic Tank

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029 – Rectangle with Grecian Corners

Short answer to the question can a pool be installed if you have a well and septic tank on site: YES. Each county has a requirement on the distance you need to be away from your well or septic. You need to check with your local building department to get this exact number…. – Click here to read more.

What is pH and How Does It Affect a Pool or Spa

pH scale

pH is the measure of the acidity of the water. The lower the pH the more acidic it is and the higher the pH the more basic it is. Maintaining pH, or potential Hydrogen, is simple and easy when you understand just a few basics. pH ranges from 0-14 with 7 being neutral… – Click here to read more.

Causes of pH Changes in Your Swimming Pool or Spa

test strip

Many factors influence the pH changes in your swimming pool and spa water. Therefore many different causes of pH change exist. The ideal range for pH is 7.2-7.6… – Click here to read more

Chlorine For Swimming Pools

GLB Chlorine Tablets

Chlorine for swimming pools is still one of the most commonly used disinfectants in a swimming pool. Several types of Chlorine Compounds are available… – Click here to read more.

My Swimming Pool Never Gets A Chlorine Reading

glb chlorine

In order to answer why you may not be getting a chlorine reading, these are some basic questions that must be answered… – Click here to read more.

What Is Total Alkalinity And How Does It Affect A Pool Or Spa
swimming pool alkalinity

Total Alkalinity is the measure of all of the alkaline substances that can be found in your pool or spa. Your main focus when dealing with Total Alkalinity is to measure your calcium carbonate, keeping your calcium carbonate in a safe range will help with the up keep of your pool and much more… – Click here to read more.

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026 – Rectangle with 4ft Radius Corners

Why Is My Swimming Pool Cloudy

Many factors go into answering the question why is my pool cloudy. Some possible reasons are Dirty filter or baskets (skimmer & strainer), not running the filter & pump long enough each day, and chemical problems… – Click here to read more.

Factors Affecting Pool Water Quality
pool water quality

Here is a list and short descriptions of factors that can affect pool water quality. Please note that all of the information below is generic and will not apply exactly the same way to all pools. Be sure to discuss any questions or concerns with your local pool professional… – Click here to read more

Swimming Pool Chemical Safety Tips
swimming pool chemical safety

These are some basic swimming pool chemical safety tips. When using any chemical products always ready the labels carefully and follow directions precisely. Chemicals protect you when they are used correctly in your pool or spa… – Click here to read more.

Pool Water Returns Slowly

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052 – Rectangle with 4ft Radius Corners

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? – Click here to read more.

How To Change The Sand In A Pool Filter

change the sand in a pool filter

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… – Click here to read more.

When To Change The Sand In a Filter

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03 – Pool installed in hillside with stone surround

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? – Click here to read more.

How To Backwash A Sand Filter

It is important to remember that you only need to backwash if the pressure gauge is reading too high or the flow of water from your return into the pool has slowed. While you are backwashing you will need to watch the level of the water to make sure it does not go below the bottom of the skimmer… – Click here to read more.

What Is A Skimvac


A skimvac is used when you vacuum a pool that has a skimmer. In order to manually vacuum a pool, you need these items; telescopic pole, vacuum hose, and vacuum brush. The Skimvac is the extra item that will make this process easier and save your equipment… – Click here to read more.

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Cleaning Debris From A Pool After Opening

When spring comes and you are excited about opening your pool you also dread what could possibly be under the cover. Cleaning debris from a pool could be what comes next. – Click here to read more.

Plan For Opening a Swimming Pool

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028 – Rectangle with 4ft Radius Corners

We realize it is still too early to remove the cover from the pool and start using it, but it is never too early to plan for opening a swimming pool. – Click here to read more.

Swimming Pool Equipment Maintenance Tips

pool opening checklist

Here are just a couple of quick swimming pool equipment maintenance tips to help keep things running smoothly. Be sure to read your equipment manuals and follow the manufacturers’ recommendations. – Click here to read more.

Tired Of Diving In Your Swimming Pool?

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029 – Rectangle with Grecian Corners

Are you no longer diving in your swimming pool as much as you used to? Do you want more area to play games? You may have installed your vinyl liner swimming pool years ago when your children were smaller. At that time, they wanted a pool with a deep end for diving. Unless you had a very large swimming pool, this left you very little shallow end. – Click here to read more.

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027 – Custom Freeform

Swimming Pool Dealers

Now that you have made the decision to purchase an inground swimming pool, who do you call and what do you ask? If some of your friends have a pool, you might ask them who they got their pool from. You could look online for Swimming Pool Dealers in your area and give them a call. – Click here to read more