Cleaning your pool consistently is not unlike cleaning your home. It will take more effort to restore its previous luster if it has been a long time between cleanings. With an auto-vac system, you can establish a regular routine for cleaning your pool, though manual cleaners are also available.
The purpose of the automatic pool cleaners at their introduction was simply to agitate debris from the bottom of the pool so that eventually it would reach the skimmer or main drain. Cleaners today essentially vacuum and circulate debris, providing a far more effective method for keeping your pool clean. Robotics, pressure (or pressure-side) and suction are the three main varieties of auto-vac systems.
In addition to being among the hottest cleaners on the market, robotic cleaners operate independently of pool pumps and filters, so there are no hoses required. While the cleaner is self-contained and autonomous from your pool equipment, it does require low voltage electricity connected to a ground fault interrupter circuit in order to operate.
High-level robots can scrub up to the waterline, climb walls, and work over stairs. Several companies scan your swimming pool for a strategic path and learn what your cleaning routine should be. Choosing either a quick cleaning cycle or a deep cleaning cycle depends on the particular cleaning needs of the pool owner. Putting the unit in and taking it out is required for each clean, but otherwise, the process is fully automated.
Through a return, water is pumped back into the inground pool to power a pressure-side cleaner. A booster pump is an independent line used for cleaning, connected to the pool’s filter pump, or it can be connected to the existing returns powered by the filter pump.
Using water pressure and three separate ports, the cleaner stirs up debris, propels itself, and suctions debris into a collection bag. The booster pump option uses high pressure levels and can be fully automated using a timer. Therefore, the higher pressure counterpart is more expensive to buy and operate. Some homeowners of inground pools leave a vacuum cleaner in the pool while they swim rather than moving it in and out, but remember to empty the debris collection bag periodically.
Suction pool vacuum cleaners are cleaned using the suction side of the pool equipment. By moving around the pool, they collect debris which is then flushed out through the filter. Skimmers are connected to a suction line or to a pool skimmer.
The cleaner is propelled around the pool by water sucked through it as soon as the hose is connected and the filter pump is running. It moves randomly after being connected. Its design and features are different.
Suction pool cleaners are among the most cost-effective, but they also require more frequent replacement due to their higher number of moving parts. In addition, they must maintain the pool filter more frequently because it cleans the water.
In some cases, a hand-on approach is needed to clean a pool, even with auto-vac systems. A manual pool vacuum is essential if you are dealing with debris in your pool after a thunderstorm or sandstorm, or if you are attempting to remove algae.
Vacuum heads, hoses, and poles comprise manual pool vacuums. Alternatively, you can attach your hose to the intake nozzle of your pool skimmer at one end and to the vacuum head at the other. Once the water in the hose fills the vacuum head, it creates suction that holds it tight to the pool’s floor or walls once submerged and against the surface.
Consider relying on the expertise of a local pool professional when researching various cleaner models and brands – your local pool retailer or pool builder. Their insight into your region’s and your pool’s unique needs can be invaluable.