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Pool cleaning and maintenance

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Having Your Pool Cleaned and Maintained

pool-cleaning-and-maintenanceAlthough it can be very enjoyable to have a pool, there is also a lot of work that goes along with it. You have to make sure that it is cleaned on a regular basis and that the sides and bottom of the pool are brushed to ensure that the finish remains fresh and smooth. Additionally, you need to be concerned about the chemicals that are in the pool and keeping them balanced so that it is always ready for the impromptu swim or so that it simply looks beautiful when nobody is swimming in it.

Those factors are something that is difficult for many homeowners to care for on their own. Additionally, you have a need to look over the pool equipment and to make sure that no problems are occurring, which can be expensive, if it is not caught early. Fortunately, this is not something that you need to care for on your own and when you hire the professionals pool cleaners at Medallion Pools, you have somebody that can care for it for you. As a matter of fact, our routine maintenance services can help to keep your pool up and running and in pristine condition at all times.

When you use Medallion Pools for your pool cleaning and maintenance services, we will come to your house on a periodic basis and clean the pool for you. In addition, we will make sure that all of the chemicals are balanced properly so that you can swim comfortably and there is not a problem with algae or anything else which would discolor the sides of the pool or the water. We will also keep a close eye on your equipment, making sure that no problems are going to occur and if we do suspect a problem, we will alert you to it so that it can be corrected.

Your Complete Pool Source

Not only does Medallion Pools take care of the routine maintenance and cleaning of your swimming pool, we also care for all of your outdoor living needs. Regardless of whether you need to install a pool or have one upgraded or if you would like to install other factors in your outdoor living environment, such as a fireplace or outdoor kitchen, we have the experience and the professionalism to ensure that it is done right. As a matter of fact, we will stick with the project from the beginning to the end so that it will go as smoothly as possible.

If you live in the Frisco or surrounding areas and would like to enjoy your outdoor living environment more fully, you can count on the professionals at Medallion Pools to provide you with what you need. Call us today for more information about the services that we provide and how we can make you another one of our happy customers.


pool safety

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Considering the Need for Pool Safety

poolgateIt doesn't matter if you have children or grandchildren of your own or if you simply have children in the neighborhood, you want to ensure that your pool area is as safe as possible. There are a number of different things that need to be considered in this regard to ensure that there are not any difficult problems or potential tragedies that occur as a result of you owning the pool.

There were over 170 childhood deaths as a result of drowning this year in the United States and the state of Texas ranks number two in the nation behind California, with 20 of those pool or spa drowning. Quite obviously, keeping your pool safe is a matter of concern for everyone. Here are some safety considerations which will help you to make the most out of this area.

Learn to Swim - One of the most important things for you to do is to learn how to swim and to teach your children how to swim. This is a necessity for anyone that owns a pool and it can certainly save a life.

Watch the Pool Carefully - Even if you and your children know how to swim, it is still very important for you to watch the pool carefully. In only takes a moment for an accident to occur but if you are there to take action, you can prevent a tragedy.

Fencing - It is vitally important for you to have a fence around the pool area to ensure that nobody is able to gain access unless you know that they are in the area. Make sure that the fence is fully enclosed, has self-latching gates and is at least 4 feet tall. If your neighbors have a pool, you should ask them to do the same.

Alarms - Every window and door that faces the pool and gives access to the pool should have an alarm installed. These alarms can be purchased and installed easily and they will sound the alarm if the window or door is opened without your permission.

Other Safety Concerns for Your Pool

Covers - May sure that the cover for your pool or spa is always kept in good condition. It is also beneficial if you purchase a locking cover, as that can help to keep the area safe, even when you are not watching over it.

Underwater Alarms - There are a number of alarm options available to keep your pool safe. These include an underwater alarm and a surface wave alarm, which will alert you to the fact that somebody, is in the water if you are not there.

At Medallion Pools, we want to ensure that everyone has a safe and enjoyable summer. Contact us today for more information about pool safety and what we can do to ensure that your pool is secure for you and your children. We are proud to service Allen, McKinney, Frisco and all other surrounding areas for any of their outdoor needs!


Outdoor kitchen Prosper - Custom pool builder

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Enjoying Outdoor Living in Prosper, Texas

bisonMany people throughout the Dallas Metroplex enjoy their homes, but very few of them enjoy both the inside and the outside of their property. The fact of the matter is, if you're not taking full advantage of the outdoor living space on your property, you are losing a lot of valuable area. Outdoor living is becoming more and more popular, not only because of the availability of outdoor space but because of what it can bring to you and your family. At Medallion Pools, we can help you to have the perfect outdoor living environment.

There are a number of options that are available when it comes to upgrading your outdoor space. Typically, it starts with a patio and there are a number of different types of patios that can be built on your property. From that point, you can begin to add a variety of features, including fireplaces, summer kitchens and swimming pools. It can truly enhance the enjoyment of this area of your property and will make it more likely that you will spend happy times with friends and family as you continue to use your outdoor living space.

When you contact Medallion Pools for information about updating the exterior of your property, we will walk you through every step of the process. We have been involved in many different outdoor projects throughout the Dallas Metroplex and we are well known as, not only a custom pool builder, but as a company that can assist you with the entire project from the ground up. We will often bring various options to your attention that you may not have considered which can enhance this area and make it a feature of your home.

Options for Outdoor Living

Since there are so many options available for outdoor living, it's a good idea to discuss some that we make available. We are professionals and are going to stick with the project from the beginning to the end to ensure that it is exactly the way you had envisioned it.

Custom Pool Builder - In Prosper, we have helped many people to have the custom pool of their dreams. Regardless of whether it is a simplistic design or if it is one that includes many features, such as a waterfall or multiple levels, we ensure that you are happy with what is on your property. You may wish to discuss the various options that are available for your pool or you can allow us to design something that will work well for you and the space that you have available.

Out Door Kitchen - Another feature that we offer to our customers is an outdoor kitchen. These are features that have enjoyed a long history in Texas, as well as in many other areas. One of the benefits of having an outdoor kitchen is the fact that it will help to keep your home comfortable, especially when the temperature is warm outside. It will help you to save money, because you do not need to cool the kitchen area inside of the home.

Another benefit of having a Prosper outdoor kitchen is the fact that you will not need to leave your friends and family in order to take care of the meal. While they are enjoying your outdoor living space, you will be able to enjoy it right along with them.

When you are ready to move forward with your custom pool or outdoor kitchen, you can contact Medallion Pools for more information. We would be happy to assist you in having the greatest outdoor living space available so that you can begin to enjoy what it has to offer.


Medallion - frisco swimming pool builder, frisco pool remodeler

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Your Professional Frisco Swimming Pool Builder

Frisco Pool ServiceHaving a pool in your backyard is more than a luxury, there are many times when it can be true refreshment for the entire family, especially when the weather is warmer. There may also be times when you are able to enjoy a pool in the wintertime, provided you have a proper heater or a way to heat the water effectively. When you decide that it is time for your family to enjoy the benefits of having a pool, you can contact Medallion Pools as a quality Frisco swimming pool builder.

One of the most important things for you to consider when choosing somebody to build your pool is the quality of the work that they do. We have been in business for many years and we are well known throughout the Dallas Metroplex for the quality projects that we handle in the area. You will be happy to know that we are not only going to get the project started but we will also stick to a timeline and provide you with the finished, beautiful pool in a timely fashion.

Our customers are well acquainted with the fact that we are the top Frisco swimming pool builder. In fact, we maintain contact with you as well as with anybody that is working on the pool throughout the entire build. By monitoring the construction of your pool, it results in a much smoother process and you will find that you are enjoying the pool much faster than if you were to use another company, which may not be as diligent in their efforts to care for the customer.

We also offer a wide variety of options to our customers. Rather than simply putting a hole in your yard and constructing a pool, we can do something that is customized so that you can truly enjoy, not only the physical part of the pool but also the look of it. This can be done with a wide variety of options that we make available, which we can discuss with you prior to the project beginning. We can even get you started with a low maintenance saltwater swimming pool, so that you can enjoy the benefits of the pool without a lot of maintenance on your part.

We Are Also a Frisco Pool Remodeler

Do you already have a pool on your property and it is not up to par? Rather than having to redo the entire pool from the ground up, you can contact Medallion Pools to help you with the remodeling project. Any difficulties that you are currently experiencing with your pool can easily be rectified and you will find that the finished project is something that you can be proud of.

When you use us as your pool remodeler, there are also a number of additional options that you may want to consider. Although we can certainly bring your pool back to its original condition, you may also want to consider adding additional features to the pool so it will be of greater enjoyment to you and your family. This might include an additional water feature, such as a waterfall or a fountain that can truly make the enjoyment of this outdoor area of your home complete.

If you have any questions about the projects that we do, we would be happy to assist you. You can contact one of our friendly professionals, regardless of whether you are interested in using us as your Frisco pool builder or pool remodeler. We will walk you through every step of the process to assist you in having the perfect pool in your yard.


Not all pool service companies are the same

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Choosing a Pool Service That You Can Trust

tropical-poolThroughout the Dallas Metroplex, there are a wide variety of companies that offer to build pools for you. Many of these companies offer services that are substandard and quite honestly, are not worthy of your attention because of the difficulties that can arise when you use them. That is not the case, however, when you use Medallion Pools. Not only are we insured and bonded for your protection, we also offer a professional service by uniformed employees, lettered trucks and the quality services that you deserve. What other benefits we you have when you use us?

First of all, we are in no way a fly-by-night company. Unlike many of the other pool companies in the area that are here today gone tomorrow (usually without completing the project), we have been in service for more than 20 years. During that time, we have established a reputation for providing a customized experience for our customers. This is not only true in the quality of the work that we provide when we are doing any project in your yard, it is also true of the quality of the products that are offered, from the pool finish to the unique features that may be provided.

Additionally, you will experience many other benefits when you use us for your outdoor living environment. After all, we are not only a pool design and construction company, we offer a wide range of services to our customers. Regardless of whether you are having a patio installed, if you want a summer kitchen or even if you want a shaded area, you can contact Medallion Pools and we will provide you with what you need.

A Testimonial from a Customer

Although we can talk about the services that we provide all day long, it is always best if you hear a testimonial from an existing customer that has used our services.

"I live in Frisco and I had been interested in having a customized pool built on my property. I found a company that was in the local area who offered a discount service and after talking to them, it seemed as if they were going to provide me with what I need. Was I ever wrong! After 10 months of having my yard complete torn apart, they ended up abandoning the job. At that time, I contacted Medallion Pools and they were able to come in, fix the issue and have my yard in shipshape within just 30 days."

If you would like to experience the benefits that Medallion Pools has to offer, you can contact us today. We would be more than happy to assist you in providing you with the information that you need so that you can move ahead with your outdoor project using a professional service.


We offer designs and ideas

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Choose Medallion Pools as your custom pool company

slide-picAre you considering adding a pool to your yard? It certainly can assist you in having an outdoor living environment that will be both welcoming and unique. Of course, as is the case with any construction project that needs to be done on the home, you need to give careful consideration to the company that you use to complete the project. We are proud to say, we are well known throughout the Allen, Frisco and Fairview area for the customization options that we offer and the quality of the work that we provide.

Although it certainly is true that there are other pool companies throughout the Dallas Metroplex, not all of them are going to offer the same services that we provide. Rather than being a service that simply puts a square hole in your yard and fills it with water, we offer a customizable experience that you are sure to love. Regardless of whether it is a free-form pool that you desire or if you want to have some of the many upgrades that are available, you can count on Medallion Pools to provide you with those services and with complete satisfaction.

Of course, you not only want to choose a company that is well known for the quality that they provide, you also want to choose one that is able to provide you what you specifically want. Rest assured that the designs which we have taken part in over the course of the past 20 years has made us aware of the fact that people want something that is unique, beautiful and interesting. We are well aware of how to provide these benefits to our customers and we would be happy to assist you with the design of your pool and in making it come to life.

What Other Benefits Do We Offer?

Not only are we a custom pool company, we offer a wide variety of benefits to our customers for their complete outdoor living experience. In some cases, it may be the design and installation of an outdoor kitchen which can be used throughout the year. Fireplaces, shade covering and a wide variety of other options that we can offer will help to make your outdoor living experience one that is of benefit to you and your family.

We are ready and willing to provide you with the services that you need. Simply call us today on the telephone and one of our friendly representatives would be happy to answer your questions and to meet with you at your home in order to review the options that are available. Although it certainly is possible for you to go with the standard product, we recommend that you go with something that is unique and customized or even an Infinity Swimming pool. Let us provide you with those services so that you can be completely happy with your new outdoor living environment.


Choosing Unique Options for Your New Pool

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Choosing Unique Options for Your New Pool

custom poolsAlthough many pool companies will offer the same basic services to their customers, digging a hole and filling it with water, we go beyond the normal in order to provide you with a truly unique experience. As a matter of fact, our custom pools are well known throughout the area and we can assist you in having something that you can be proud of in your yard as well. Although there are many options available for the pool, it is not only in the larger options where you will find the customization. At times, even the smaller options will make a big difference in the finished product.

One of the options that you will need to consider for many pools are rails and ladders. In some cases, these may be required by law but that does not necessarily mean that you need to stick with a standard design that is without personality. In order to truly provide you with a unique pool and a customer experience, we offer SR Smith rails and ladders to our customers. What makes these items different?

First of all, SR Smith is well known for the quality products that they provide. Even without looking at the customizable opportunities that they have available, it is still going to provide you with a quality piece of equipment that will serve your pool and your family for many years. In addition, the company offers artesian rails and ladders that are contemporary and offer a truly unique design for your family. These should be considered, because it can complement the look of the pool and make it stand out from among the rest of the designs that are available.

The ladders and rails that are available from SR Smith are not only available for new construction, we can also retrofit these to your existing pool. If you are considering having your pool redesigned, this is an option that you will want to consider. Of course, we would be happy to sit with you and go over all of the various options that may be available to ensure that you are completely satisfied with the work that we provide.

Additional Options to Consider

In this article, we have discussed the rails and ladders that are available from the contemporary, unique service of SR Smith . You can easily include these items in your pool to make it beautiful and uniquely your own. In addition, there are many other options that are available to you in order to have a pool that you and your family can be proud of in your yard.

Contact Medallion Pools today for more information about the services that we provide. We would be happy to review the options that are available to you and to give you examples of the many pools that we have built in the past.


Frisco Texas custom pools

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The Need for Custom Pools

frisco-texasIt doesn't matter where you live, there is always going to be benefits to having an outdoor environment that will be right for you and your family. In the Frisco, Texas area, the demand for custom pools has been growing in recent years and it does not show any sign of stopping. That is why the professionals at Medallion Pools have been gearing up to provide the customers in the area with what they need so that they can be more than happy with their outdoor environment. Here are some of the many benefits that we offer.

First of all, we have the experience that is necessary to provide you with a custom pool that you can be proud of. Many pool companies in the area are not experienced or qualified to provide you with the upgrades and customization that we are able to provide. We are more than a company that simply puts a square hole in the ground, adds some finish and fills it with water. All of the pools that we provide are truly customized according to your needs and desires of your household.

Another benefit that we provide is the speed with which we are able to build our Frisco Texas custom pools. You will often hear that it takes six months to have a pool installed but when you use Medallion Pools that is not the case. Most companies who take up to six months to build a pool have cash flow problems and they are often slow with paying their contractors, which is what slows the process. When you use Medallion Pools, it is our goal to begin the project and to have your pool filled with water within a month.

Customizations from Medallion Pools

A wide variety of options are available to those who use Medallion Pools to build their pool in the Frisco area. One of the options is the shape of the pool, which is able to add some distinction and personality to the home. We also offer a variety of finishes to the pool, which will help to make it beautiful and unique.

Of course, pools are only one of the many options that we offer to our customers. We can also offer a wide variety of structures for outdoor living, from outdoor kitchens to fireplaces and almost anything in between. These additional features will help you to enjoy your outdoor environment to the full.

You can contact Medallion Pools for more information about the services that we provide. We would be happy to assist you in making your outdoor environment a welcoming area for your friends and family. If you are looking for a custom pool in the Frisco, Texas area, you will not be able to find a choice that is better than Medallion Pools.


Using Crystal Stones for Your New Pool Finish

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Using Crystal Stones for Your New Pool Finish

Crystal StonesWhen you have a pool, you want to ensure that it is going to be right for your family and your property. Not only do you want it to look beautiful, you also want it to be a functional part of your home. That is why it is important for you to consider the finish of the pool, and you will not find a higher quality finish than is available through crystal stones. What are some of the benefits of using this unique finish for your pool?

First of all, there are plenty of options that are available with the new finish crystal stones that you should consider. With 28 different colors, you will be certain to find one that is just right for you and your family. It can help to enhance the look of the pool in such a way that it can change the look altogether. By adding beauty to the pool, it can help to make it a more inviting area that will be enjoyed by your family for years to come.

Durability is also something that needs to be considered, especially with a pool finish. The last thing that you would want to have to do is to replace the finish prematurely, but that is not going to be a difficulty with crystal stones. The company that manufactures crystal stones is well known for quality and this is a very durable product that will serve your family for many years to come.

You would also want to consider the fact that the pool finish needs to be customizable. As we stated, there are 28 different colors that are available to suit any needs. At times, you may find that going with a single color is going to be best for your family but there also customizable options, which will help to create a unique look that is tailored to your specific needs. This is also something that will help to make the outdoor environment more inviting and allow you to spend many hours enjoying the pool because of the beauty that it provides.

Trust Medallion Pools for Outdoor Living

In Frisco and McKinney Texas, as well as in the surrounding area, you will find a trusted resource for the perfect outdoor living environment with Medallion Pools. We have helped many individuals in the area to have the pool of their dreams and can assist you with the project that you need to ensure that you are happy with your outdoor environment as well. That is due to the fact that we stick with you through the entire project and provide you with something that is unique and customized for your needs. Call us today for more information about how we can assist you with your outdoor living project and to make your home a welcoming environment for your family.


Chemical set points

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Maintaining pool chemical set points

water-testingHaving a pool in your yard provides many benefits but there also some difficulties that are associated with it. Provided you keep up with the chemicals in the pool and clean it regularly, however, you can enjoy all that it has to offer. Of course, you can contact Medallion Pools to test your chemicals on a periodic basis and make sure that the chemical set points are being met. Here is some basic information on some the chemicals in the pool that need to maintain a level for optimum benefits.

Chlorine - There are several things that need to be considered with the chlorine in the pool. One of those issues is the free chlorine, which shows how much chlorine is available for the sanitary usage of the pool. This is something that should be tested and added on a regular basis, unless an automated chlorine feeder is used. Free chlorine is used when it breaks down material in your pool that is organic in nature and the sunlight also uses some of the chlorine.

Another issue that needs to be considered with chlorine is combined chlorine. This is something that is produced while the chlorine is breaking down the organic material in the pool and sanitizing it. When you smell chlorine, you actually smell combined chlorine. You should check the combined chlorine level regularly to determine if the correct chemical set point is being met.

One other issue that needs to be considered with your chlorine level is the total chlorine. This is the combination of combined chlorine and free chlorine which is often tested with the use of an inexpensive test kit. It should be noted, you should have it tested professionally to ensure that all of the chlorine levels are being met properly.

Other Chemical Set Points

PH balance - The alkalinity and acidity of the water should be tested on a regular basis with a pH test. Maintaining a proper pH level helps to increase the comfort of using the pool and also reduces chlorine usage, so that those levels are maintained properly. If you have low pH levels, it can be increased by adding soda ash or borax. Reducing the pH of the pool is possible with the use of muriatic acid and other chemicals that may be available commercially.

Total alkalinity - When checking your pool chemical levels, total alkalinity will also need to be considered. This number indicates how well your water is able to buffer changes in the pH level. Maintaining the proper total alkalinity level is possible by adding chemicals to either reduce it or increase it, as is necessary.

For more information about chemical set points and the services that we offer in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, you can contact Medallion Pools. We would be happy to give you the information that you need and to provide you with options for having your pool tested regularly so that you optimize the benefits that are available.


Heat pump chillers

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Using Heat Pump Chillers to Your Advantage

EE-Ti HeatPump-chillerAs many pool owners know, the temperature of the water in the pool can vary widely throughout the year. Most people find this to be inconvenient during the colder months, even when they live in areas that are somewhat in a warm climate. A dip in the air temperature which lasts for a week or more can easily reduce the water temperature to the point where it is unbearably cold. This is often overcome through the use of a heater but what can you do when the weather is warmer?

Most people who are having a pool built will consider the fact that the water can get quite warm in some cases. For example, you may find that the pool temperature is increasing substantially during the warmer months and it may get to the point where it is no longer refreshing to take a dip in the backyard. This may leave you wondering, how am I going to use the pool, which I had installed for use during the warmer months when it is uncomfortable to use it during that time? The answer lies in a heat pump chiller.

Although most homeowners do not consider using a heat pump chiller for their pool, those that do recognize the value that it adds. During the time when the water gets warmer and the temperature outside tends to make us want to spend some time in the pool, we want to make sure that it is refreshing. A heat pump chiller can chill the pool by cooling the water through the heat pump system. Just as a heat pump is able to cool and heat the home, depending upon the need, it is able to offer a similar benefit when it comes to the water of the pool.

What Heat Pump Chiller Do I Need?

If you are considering having a heater installed in the pool, you should certainly consider the possibility of installing heat pump chillers. Although it is true that this device is a bit more expensive, consider the fact that you will be able to use your pool more frequently and it will be more comfortable, especially during the times of the year when it is to be used regularly. The difference in the water temperature that is experienced when you use the heat pump chiller can be quite substantial and in some cases, you can even cool it to the point where it is quite chilly to go for a swim. Of course, most homeowners simply want to use it in order to make the pool comfortable, and they can do so when the weather is hot outside.

For those who would like to discuss having heat pump chillers installed in their pool, they can contact Medallion Pools. We have been helping homeowners throughout the Dallas Fort Worth area with building custom pools, offering pool care packages and the installation of specialized items, such as heat pump chillers.


Infloor cleaning systems

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The Benefits of Infloor Cleaning Systems for Pools

caretaker-8-port infloor cleaning systemHaving a pool in your backyard provides your family with many benefits, including increased health and the ability to enjoy some recreation together. Although a pool can be an excellent choice for your family, there also some downsides which also need to be considered when you own one. One of the difficulties that many homeowners face is the fact that the pool tends to get dirty quickly. This can be overcome through the use of an infloor cleaning system. What are the benefits of using such a system and how does it work in your behalf?

The cleaning system works by using pressurized water that comes from valves, which are installed flush with the bottom of the pool and they push the debris to an area where it is removed from the pool through a floor vent. Quite obviously, installing one of these cleaning systems is going to have the benefit of saving you time. Without one of the systems, it is likely that there is going to be debris in the bottom of the pool that is going to detract from the benefits that it provides. In addition, that debris can cause additional problems if it stays in the pool for an extended amount of time, such as staining the bottom of the pool and increasing the possibility of bacteria or algae growth.

Another benefit of using this cleaning system is the fact that it circulates the water effectively. Many of the pool pump systems, which do circulate water throughout the day when they are turned on, are located at the top of the pool. Since the jets are located on the bottom of the pool for a cleaning system, it helps to circulate the water more thoroughly and reduces the chemicals that you're going to use. It also helps to stabilize the chemicals so the pool is safer for your family.

Use Your Pool More Often with an infloor Cleaning System

Another benefit to this type of cleaning system is the fact that it can make your pool comfortable throughout the year. Solar heat works on the top layer of the pool but in most cases, the lower layers are going to remain cold. Since the water is being circulated from the bottom, it helps to eliminate the cold spots and allows you to utilize the solar heat that is available more thoroughly. If you do heat your pool, it can help to save you money by circulating the water and making the pool more comfortable, reducing the amount of time that you will be operating the heater.

If you would like more information on and infloor cleaning system for your pool, you can contact Medallion Pools. We have been helping homeowners throughout the Dallas Fort Worth area to have the pool of their dreams and offering the options which will help to make it a convenient choice for the home.


Variable speed pumps

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The benefits of variable speed pumps for your pool

variable flow pool pumpsMany homeowners are concerned about their pool and the amount of money that they are spending in order to maintain the pool at a comfortable level. One of the concerns for expenditures is the pump, something that runs day in and day out and is constantly using energy, anytime is turned on. In an effort to reduce costs and to improve the quality of their pool, many homeowners are turning the variable speed pool pumps. Here is some information about these pumps and what they can offer to pool owners that benefits them more than traditional pumps.

Understanding the basics of variable speed pool pumps can help you to understand some of the benefits that they offer. In essence, variable speed pumps regulate the speed of the electric motor by controlling both the voltage and the frequency. Because the amount of power that is being delivered to the motor is regulated in such a way, it may be able to save a substantial amount of energy. Although the amount of money that is being saved by a homeowner may vary, there are times when it may save up to 1000 dollars per year, depending upon your pool pump usage.

Variable speed pumps are relatively new, and until around the turn-of-the-century, most of the in-ground pool pumps were single speed. These used a tremendous amount of horsepower and, although they were able to move water quickly, the power drainage showed up on your electric bill every month. That is one of the reasons why variable speed pumps are increasing in popularity among homeowners and continue to increase in popularity, each and every year.

Why choose a variable speed pump?

As was discussed, the primary reason why homeowners are using a variable speed pump is because of the financial savings. A single speed pump, which is what is traditionally used on the pool, may use up to 2000 watts of power but a variable speed pump can control the amount of wattage that is being used and may save you up to 90 percent in some cases.

Another benefit to using a variable speed pump is the fact that it can be used for a longer time every day. Most homeowners have reduced the amount of time that they are using their pool pump in order to save money. This can lead to poor quality water, because it is sitting stagnant for the majority of the day. When you use a variable speed pump, however, it can be used 24 hours a day and this helps to regulate the chemicals in the pool and to reduce the formation of algae and bacteria. This increases the water quality to the best possible advantage of your family.

If you would like to discuss having a variable speed pump installed on your pool, you can contact Medallion Pools for more information. We have been serving the Dallas-Fort Worth area for years with cutting-edge technology and excellent service.


Read your test kit

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Reading your pool test kit

test your pool chemical levelsOne of the most enjoyable features of many homes is the swimming pool. Not only is it a beautiful factor in many outdoor living environments, it improves the value of the home and also provides much enjoyment for the entire family. In order to maintain your pool properly and to ensure that it is ready for use at any given time, you should check the chemicals regularly. This is often done with the home test kit, and understanding how to read the test kit will make a difference in how you use the chemicals properly.

Most home chemical test kits are going to test for pH, total alkalinity and the sanitizer within the pool, such as chlorine. It should be noted, these kits are similar to the ones that are used by the professionals but they are limited in certain ways. For example, professional test kits may also test for other chemicals factors within the pool, such as organic solids, free chlorine levels, stabilizer levels and calcium hardness levels. That is why it is not only important for you to use a regular test kit at home, you should also have a professional test your water on a routine basis. Medallion Pools can take care of that professional testing for you.

In most cases, a test kit is going to use varying degrees of color in order to determine the chemical level within the pool water. In some cases, you will put the reactor directly into some of the pool water and it will change the color of the water. In other cases, test strips may be used and the color of the test strip will be checked against a standard, which is usually included on the bottle.

What Are the Proper Chemical Levels?

One of the most important things to consider when checking your pool chemical levels is pH. The pH needs to be between 7.4 and 7.6, otherwise problems could occur. The chlorine level should also be checked and needs to be between 1 and 3 PPMs. If your test kit also checks for total alkalinity, this should be between 80 and 120 ppm. Take care of your pool test kit by storing it in a dry, cool location and make sure that you are checking your pool chemicals regularly.

Being able to read the test kit is only one factor that should be considered in maintaining your pool environment. You also need to know how much chemical to add to the pool, which may vary, depending upon the size your pool and the difficulties that you are experiencing. Additionally, you will want to check the pool equipment on a regular basis to make sure that no problems are occurring, which could be costly if they are an issue at some time in the future. Contact Medallion Pools for assistance in reading your test kit and in providing you with the professional services that you need for your pool.


Why hire a pro to clean pool

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The Benefits of Hiring a Pool Service

Pool cleaning is importantIf you have a pool at your home, you likely recognize that it requires routine maintenance to ensure that it is able to be used at any given time. This is something that many homeowners have a difficult time doing, not because of a lack of ability in checking pool chemicals but because they are busy with other factors in their life which tends to take them away from the home. That is why many homeowners have turned to hiring a professional to clean the pool for them. In reality, there are many benefits to doing so.

One of the best things that you can do for your pool is to maintain proper chemical levels. Unless you are checking the chemicals on a routine basis and then adding the proper amount of chemicals to your pool, it is likely that you are falling short in this regard. When you hire a pool professional to clean your pool regularly, they will also test the chemicals for you. When they test the chemicals, they can also add the proper amount to ensure it is ready for your use. Maintaining a proper chemical balance in the pool can be healthy for your family and can also reduce the need that you have for chemicals in the long run.

Additional benefits of hiring a pool cleaning pro

Along with checking the chemicals in the pool, it is also a benefit to have the pool cleaned regularly. This is something that should be considered carefully because any debris in the pool is going to change the balance of the chemicals substantially. In addition, unless the pool is cleaned regularly, it can also lead to staining and other difficulties, such as the formation of algae. A professional pool cleaner will not only remove the debris from the pool, they will also give it a routine brushing which can help to remove algae from the walls.

Finally, you should consider the longevity of your pool and the equipment which operates it. A pool cleaning professional will not only clean and maintain the chemical balance of the pool, they will also ensure that the equipment is operating properly. This is of benefit for a number of reasons. Not only does it help to reduce the likelihood that a more expensive repair is necessary, it also ensures that you do not have a cascade of problems because one of the pieces of pool equipment fails.

If you live in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and would like a pool cleaning professional, you can do no better than to hire Medallion Pools. Not only are we a professional pool design and construction company, who provides everything that is necessary for this part of your outdoor environment, we also have a routine service which will clean your pool, maintain the chemicals and check the equipment for you.


Benefits of equipment upgrade

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The Benefits of Upgrading Your Pool Equipment

excellent-pool-serviceAs a homeowner who also owns a pool, you likely recognize the many different benefits that it provides. If you use the pool on a regular basis, it offers you a convenient and wholesome way to spend time with family and friends and even to get a little bit of exercise. Even if you don't use the pool regularly, it still adds to the value of the home and can certainly improve the appearance and functionality of your outdoor living environment. Of course, you can benefit when you upgrade your pool equipment in the following ways.

One of the primary pieces of pool equipment which can be upgraded is the pump. It may seem as if this standard piece of equipment is really without options but the fact of the matter is that there are significant differences between pool pumps which could produce many benefits for you. For example, if you are currently using a standard pool pump, it is possible to upgrade to a variable speed pump to help keep your pool clean and to reduce your electric bill. Upgrading your pool pump can benefit you for years and the benefits are easily recognizable.

Another piece of equipment which can be upgraded is the filter. Even if you do not replace the entire filter unit, regularly replacing the filter itself is going to have many benefits for you. The filter is like the security guard for your pool, and the water which is circulated through the pump goes through the filter before it enters back into the pool again. Any of the contaminants which may be in the pool, including small pieces of dirt and algae, are caught in the filter and remain out of the pool environment. Replacing your filter regularly or even upgrading the unit can have a dramatic benefit for you.

Additional Equipment Upgrades for Your Pool

Have you considered the possibility of adjusting the temperature in your pool through the use of a heat pump? Not only can such a unit help to heat the pool in the wintertime, when it is not typically used, it can also help to cool the pool water in the summertime. Consider the fact that the time of the year when most of us would like to use the pool is the time when the pool water tends to be the hottest. Imagine being able to jump into a cool pool during that time, which would be both refreshing and enjoyable.

If you would like to discuss any type of pool equipment upgrade with a professional, you can contact Medallion Pools. We would be happy to discuss the various options that are available and to review the specific benefits that are available when you do these upgrades. We have been helping people in the Dallas-Fort Worth area to maintain a proper pool environment and to ensure that they have the perfect pool for their personal use.


Identify algae problems

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is Algae a Problem in Your Pool?

black-algaeWhen you have a pool on your property, it provides a convenient way for you to enjoy time with family and friends. At the same time, it also requires some routine maintenance which will allow you to use the pool at any time you need to use it and to keep problems that can occur to a minimum. Even the best maintained pool by the homeowner, however, can experience some difficulties from time to time. A minor shift in your chemical levels could allow algae to get a foothold, and it would be necessary for you to identify the algae problem and to treat it properly. Here are some of the things that need to be considered in this regard.

There are 3 types of swimming pool algae that are most likely the problem for you. One of the most common types of algae is green, which is a free-floating form of algae. It is likely that you will see this type of alga on the sides of the pool or perhaps on flat surface areas, such as the steps. Although it is not actually attached to the surface of the pool, it does congregate in the area and it is a common problem for many pool owners. It is also interesting to note, green algae may be a problem after a thunderstorm. The free chlorine that is in the pool can be reduced after lightning storms and because lightning produces nitrogen, which algae loves, it may also be an issue.

Identifying other types of algae problems

Yellow algae, which is also known as mustard algae is another common problem. This type of algae is very similar to green algae, but it doesn't have any chlorophyll, which produces the green color of green algae. Green algae can develop very quickly but yellow algae may take longer to develop. It is also harder to treat than green algae and you may need to treat it several times before it is eliminated from your pool environment.

The worst kind of algae is black algae. It can be very difficult to treat because it attaches itself to the pool surface. There are algaecides available on the market which are specifically designed to treat black algae. You should recognize, however, that the use of algaecide is not the only factor that may need to be considered because the algae forms a coating over itself which is difficult to penetrate. Along with using the algaecide, you may also need to brush the area thoroughly.

If you suffer from any type of algae problem in your pool, you can count on Medallion Pools to care for it for you. We also offer a routine maintenance program which will keep the chemicals in your pool balanced properly and reduce the possibility that any of these issues will be a problem for you.


Proper water balance

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Maintaining Proper Water Balance in Your Pool

Proper water balanceDo you own a pool? It is likely that you have seen your fair share of issues over the years. Many of these issues can be directly traced to the balance of the pool water, so it is important for you to ensure that it is balance properly. After all, you want to use your pool regularly and you want to be able to enjoy the time in the pool with your family, anytime it is convenient to do so. Rather than having to chase issues that are occurring because you did not keep the water balanced, maintaining the proper balance regularly will ensure that the pool is up to high standards and ready for your family at any given time.

Fortunately, it does not need to be an overly complicated matter to ensure that the pool water is balanced properly. One of the primary things that need to be considered is the pH balance. This is something that can vary from one day to another depending upon several different factors. Even the weather or debris that has blown into the pool can affect the pH balance, so it is important for you to check it regularly. Maintaining the proper balance in your pH levels can help to reduce the likelihood that alga will form and cause issues which are more difficult to treat. It will also help to balance the calcium hardness and the chlorine levels, so that fewer chemicals are necessary.

Further Understanding Water Balance

Although it really boils down to the pH balance, you need to consider that the water in the pool is either going to be corrosive or scaling if it is not balanced properly. Have you ever tried to continually add salt to a glass of water? At first, it will dissolve quickly but as you continue to add more salt in the water, it becomes increasingly difficult to dissolve. Eventually, you will have crystals of salt on the bottom of the water that will stay there. The same is also true with the pool. If it is not balanced properly, it will not be able to hold the chemicals that will help to maintain the proper condition.

It is not only the pH balance that needs to be considered in maintaining a proper water balance. You also need to consider the total alkalinity, which is similar to the pH balance but with some significant differences. Calcium hardness is also another chemical which needs to be checked, which can make a difference in the health of the pool and the hardness of your water.

Along with maintaining proper water balance, it is also important that you check your pool equipment and make any repairs that are necessary. You can contact Medallion Pools in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and we will maintain your pool for you. With periodic testing of your pool chemicals and checking your equipment, you will be certain that your pool is up and running in prime condition at any time it is needed.


Cleaner run time

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Using an Automated Pool Cleaner

how long to run your automated cleanerOne of the difficulties that many homeowners face when they own a pool is keeping it clean. They may do what is necessary to clean it on a routine basis and can even check the chemicals regularly to ensure that they are balanced but there is still going to be debris which ends up at the bottom of the pool. In addition, alga tends to form on the sides of the pool and this can be difficult to clean unless you do so routinely. That is why many pool owners have turned to using an automated cleaner which attaches to the pool pump and runs on a routine basis to ensure that the pool is clean and ready for use.

A number of things need to be considered when you operate a pool cleaner but one of the most important considerations is the runtime for the cleaner itself. Some people will attach the cleaner to the pool pump and will continue to use it on a regular basis, any time that the pump is running. Yes, their pool is cleaned by the cleaner but there are a lot of issues that go along with using the cleaner for that amount of time. For example, operating your cleaner too frequently will shorten its life span and it may also be putting unnecessary pressure on the pump, reducing its lifespan as well. How long should your pool cleaner be operated?

Proper Cleaner Runtime

The amount of time that you are going to spend cleaning your pool will differ, depending upon a number of factors. In some cases and in some locations, all that is going to be necessary is for you to operate the pool cleaner one or two hours per day. If the pool is outside and there is a lot of debris that is blowing into it regularly, however, you may need to operate it for several hours a day. Although the amount of time may vary from one pool to another, it is highly unlikely that you will need to have the cleaner attached to the pool pump and simply allow it to run 24/7.

There are other considerations for keeping the clean other than using an automated cleaner. One of those options is hiring Medallion Pools to clean your pool on a periodic basis. Even if you are using an automated cleaner, there are specific maintenance chores that need to be done to the pool, such as brushing it on a weekly basis and ensuring that the chemicals are at the optimum levels. When you use Medallion Pools and their periodic service that is provided, you can be certain that those factors are going to be considered. Not only that, we will check the pool equipment to ensure that no problems occurring and to reduce the likelihood that any expensive problems are going to be an issue for you at some point in the future.


When to shock a pool

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When to Shock a Pool

Pool shockOne of the factors that need to be considered when you own a pool is ensuring that you are maintaining a safe environment for yourself and your family. More than likely, you had the pool installed in order to enjoy it on a regular basis but it also adds to the value of the home and it certainly does make for a beautiful outdoor living environment. Although having the pool has many benefits, there is also a certain amount of responsibility that goes along with owning the pool and maintaining it properly. At times, it may even be necessary for you to shock a pool in order to maintain it. What is that necessary?

Have you ever been in a public pool and you have a difficulty with a chlorine smell and a burning in your eyes? Many people tend to blame the pool owner, thinking that they are using too many chemicals but in reality, the exact opposite is true. What you smell is not the free chlorine that is in the pool in order to kill contaminants, it is actually the contaminants itself. Shocking the pool not only helps to remove bacteria from the water but it also helps to remove the contaminants that are being killed by or have already been killed by the bacteria. This organic matter can make you sick and can lead to a number of difficulties, if it is not taken care of properly.

Maintaining a Proper Balance

More than likely, it is not going to be necessary for you to shock your pool on a routine basis if it is maintained properly. If you are a small family that only uses the pool periodically or if you don't have a lot of people over who swim in it, it is unlikely that you are going to introduce a lot of contaminants to the pool which will need to be cared for by the chlorine. There are some things that you can do in a preemptive manner which will help to reduce the contaminants as well. This will include taking a shower before you enter the pool, having proper ventilation to the pool and of course, not going to the bathroom in the pool.

There are times when it may be that your pool turns green because you did not maintain the proper chemical levels. If that is the case, you will need to shock the pool in order to get it back to its crystal clear condition again. When you do shock the pool, it will be necessary for you to bring the chlorine level back into balance and you should have all of the chemicals tested at that time to ensure that they are up to speed.

To maintain your pool properly, you can use services of Medallion Pools. We would be happy to assist you with a weekly pool maintenance program which will test the chemicals, check your equipment and do any necessary repairs to keep your pool up and running.




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