Gone are the days when you had to manually clean your swimming pool. Cleaning your swimming pool can now be done automatically. With an automatic swimming pool cleaner, you can spend more time relaxing and enjoying the swimming pool.
There are many types of automatic swimming pools on the market and you’re certain to find one that suits your budget and lifestyle. Auto cleaners are available for both in-ground and aboveground swimming pools.
The types of automatic swimming pool cleaners include:
Pressure side pool cleaners: This type of cleaner connects to your swimming pool return line fitting. A pressure side pool cleaner utilizes a powerful jet of water to move around your swimming pool. Water jets draw debris up from the pool surface into a filter bag that’s attached to the cleaner. These cleaners can climb up the sidewalls and have more power than most automatic cleaners. Some of these cleaners are equipped with their own booster pump that works independently from your pool’s filtering system.
Robotic pool cleaners: Powered by electricity, they work much the same as in-house robotic vacuums. These cleaners have a built-in filtration system and work completely independent of your swimming pool filtering system. Robotic pool cleaners are self-contained automatic pool cleaners and can climb the walls and steps of your swimming pool to clean in all areas.
Suction side cleaners: Suction side automatic swimming pool cleaners connect to the swimming pool skimmer. These automatic swimming pool cleaners utilize the suction created by your pool’s filtration system to move the cleaner around the pool, picking up debris as it moves along. These cleaners are attached to the pool’s skimmer system and have advantages over pressure cleaners because they require very little adjustment to adapt to your swimming pool.
There’s also several reasons why an automatic pool vacuum is a great investment.
- They save energy as they have microprocessors built in and they are self-programmable.
- Takes them less time to clean the pool compared to manual vacuums that require hours of operation.
- They offer a crystal-clear and hygienic finish
- They are highly efficient and effective
- The relaxation feature – as they operate remotely, your pool is being cleaned while you relax
With so many on the market, how do you choose which is the best for your needs? Some may efficiently clean only the pool walls, or some can only reach the floors. Although you cannot find one that ‘does it all’, it’s important to be content with your choices. Here’s how you can solve that problem:
Assess your requirements: Consider the size of your pool. If it is smaller, then a manual pool vacuum may be suitable. With a large pool, an automatic cleaner is the best option.
Determine your budget: Perhaps a manual one fits the budget and will do the job. A suction side vacuum cleans the fine dirt particles, such as sand from the pool. A robotic cleaner will do the job for you. Scrub the walls and floor, and even clean the debris and dirt particles away.
Once you’ve chosen what is best for you, it’s important to maintain your pool vacuum in the correct manner.
You should keep it maintained at regular intervals. This will help maintain your vacuums consistency. Also pay attention to the accessories that comes with your particular model, as it’s equally important to maintain them as well.
The chemicals, surrounding environment, solar heating and leaves all have an effect on the parts of your pool vacuum.
Below are some ways to maintain your vacuum:
- If it begins to make a sound out of the ordinary, check for a leak in the hose, and get it repaired right away.
- Store your vacuum’s hoses in a dry place and out of the sunlight.
- Examine all the parts that can undergo wear or corrosion. The disc, feet and defector wheel can become worn over time.
- Completely scrub the debris collection bag, filter, skimmer, and sand filter in regular intervals to maintain the efficiency of your pool vacuum.
Whether you’re in the midst of a new swimming pool construction project or if you’re looking for a swimming pool upgrade, talk to your Michigan swimming pool builder and reduce your pool cleaning chores!