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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.

Testing chemicals

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Maintaining your pool chemicals through proper testing

Pool chemical maintenanceAnybody that has a pool understands the need to check the chemicals regularly. If you don't check the chemicals and maintain a proper chemical level, it can easily turn your beautiful pool into a green color and can lead to other problems, such as staining that is very difficult to remove. Fortunately, if you understand the basics of testing chemicals in the pool, it is something that you can do on your own and you can use the information to maintain a proper chemical level. You can also trust the testing of the pool chemicals to Medallion Pools, to maintain a trouble-free environment to the benefit of you and your family.

Most pools are closed down for the winter, although it is possible for you to have pool heater which will allow you to use the pool year-round. Testing chemicals in the pool often begins in the springtime, when you are getting your pool ready for use throughout the summer. Not only should you test the chemicals during this time, you should also check the equipment for the pool and ensure that it is operating properly. Check the sanitizer levels, as well as the pH to determine if it is ready for use. More than likely, you will need to add some chemicals in order to strike the right balance but it all begins with testing it properly.

What Should You Test?

Many home test kits are going to provide you the ability to test the chlorine level, along with the pH level. Those are not the only chemicals that need to be checked, however, and you should either get a high quality test kit or have Medallion Pools come out to test your chemicals weekly. We will check for other important factors, such as the total alkalinity, calcium levels and the stabilizer. If you balance your pool properly and test the chemicals regularly, it can add to the outdoor environment that is certainly going to be to the benefit of your family.

Along with testing the chemicals of the pool, it is also vitally important that you maintain the pool equipment properly. Some of the pool equipment, such as the pumps, are going to be expensive if they need to be replaced because major damage has occurred. It is much better for you to ensure that the routine maintenance of the equipment is taking place and any problems are caught early, to avoid the major expenditures that may be necessary. This can be done by checking the pressure gauge of the filter and making sure the filter baskets in the pumps are clean.

If you have any questions about your pool or would like to discuss a routine chemical testing to be done at your location, you can contact Medallion Pools. We have been helping individuals throughout the Dallas Metroplex to have the perfect pool at their home and to ensure that it is available for use by them and their family at any given time.

Brush pool weekly

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Routine maintenance of your pool

Weekly pool brushHaving a pool in your yard can provide you and your family with many benefits. Not only does it allow you to enjoy recreation in a wholesome way, it can also add value to the home and improves the look of your outdoor environment. Of course, it is necessary for you to ensure that you are maintaining the pool properly and doing any routine maintenance that is necessary to keep it up and running. One of the weekly factors that need to be considered with any pool is brushing it.

Many homeowners tend to overlook the fact that their pool needs brushed on a weekly basis. Of course, they may think twice about skipping this necessary task if they recognize the benefits that are offered from it. The fact of the matter is, even larger pools can be brushed in just a matter of 10 or 15 minutes, provided you do it regularly and use the proper type of equipment. It works along with other pool maintenance factors which will help to keep your pool up and running and available for you and your family on a routine basis. Next, we will look at some of the specific benefits that are available if you brush your pool weekly.

Benefits of Weekly Pool Brushing

One of the factors of cleaning your pool is ensuring that algae buildup is not a problem. When you brush your pool on a weekly basis, it helps to remove some of the algae that may remain on the pool walls, even after the pool has been treated chemically. When you brush the algae away, it can be transported through the filtration system and removed from the pool in such a way. Removing the algae from the pool not only helps to keep the pool water healthier for you and your family, it also keeps stains from forming on the edge of the pool which can be difficult to remove. This is not only true of typical algae; it is also true of black algae, which can be a serious problem for the pool owner.

Other factors that need to be considered in maintaining your pool includes cleaning the filter. The pool filter is what removes a lot of the contaminants from the pool, including small particles of dirt, algae and other issues which you would rather not have in your water. These small particles remain trapped in the pool filter until you clean it. If you don't clean your pool filter regularly, the pool water can become milky or hazy looking. Additionally, you should check your chemicals regularly to make sure that they are at their optimum levels. This not only makes a difference in the look of your pool, it also makes it more comfortable for you and your family to use.

Medallion Pools can take care of these factors for you with a weekly maintenance program which would keep your pool up and running effectively. Not only can we brush the pool weekly, we can check your chemicals, clean your filter and maintain your equipment to the benefit of you and your family.

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