Swimming Pool Season will be here soon. The ground is thawing, the days are getting longer, and the temperatures are beginning to creep up. You’ll be ready to dive into your pool in no time. But, what happens when you get home from a long day, and your pool is covered debris? A swimming pool vacuum cleaner can get you and your family in the water in no time. Here’s some tips when it comes to choosing between swimming pool vacuum cleaners.

Pool vacuums are a great investment, especially when your swimming pool is used frequently by the children. It’s important to keep the pool well-maintained and Pool Vacuum Cleanersclean.

With hundreds of choices on the market today, you may have trouble choosing the right one. Reading this article should make the water less murky for you. You can choose between manual and automatic pumps.

Manual cleaners: They are less expensive than automatic ones. It has a hose that connects the intake pipe to the pool filter. Since manual cleaners don’t have any mechanical parts, it’s a more cost-effective way to clean your pool. Also, a manual pool vacuum cleans the steps, ladders and corners more efficiently than an automatic one.

There are three categories of automatic pool vacuum cleaners.

Robotic Pool Vacuum: Robotic vacuums are an automatic pool system. They work very well by themselves without you having to be involved. They are self-propelled cleaners. They clean any shape of pool efficiently and thoroughly. Some robotic vacuums memorize the shape of the pool due to the advanced technology that is installed in them. These vacuums figure out the most efficient route around your pool, and get it done. They run on very low voltage allowing them to be submersible. Since they don’t attach to your pool circulation system, they don’t rely on your pool filter. They run on plain old electricity. They have a very long cord that can only be plugged into GFCI outlets.

Suction Side Vacuum: These vacuums are installed to the suction of your pool’s existing filtration system. When it comes to automatic cleaners, they are the least expensive available today. It rolls around your pool sucking up the debris, sending it through your pool’s filtration system. They mostly pick up medium sized debris, but, some models can be set to pick up silt and smaller debris also.

Once your suction-side cleaner is hooked up to your skimmer, the power of the water will help it amble around your pool floor. Some suction-side cleaners will also climb walls, and some have wheels. Others have rubber disks that lay flat against your pool floor.

With a suction side vacuum, you’ll also need your pump running for it to work. Be sure to select a model made to work best with your pool type and finish.

Pressure Side Vacuum: This type is connected to the prevailing pump system of your pool. They offer excellent output during the removal of large and course debris; however, they aren’t great for cleaning the bottom, or the walls of your pool. It has wheels, a filter bag, a sweep hose, and a return-jet hose.

Once installed, your pool pump pushes water through a hose to jets located on the underneath part of the cleaner and along the sweep hose. These concentrated streams of water work to move the cleaner along, while also loosening debris and pushing it up into the filter bag. Fine particles will flow through the filter bag and get cleaned out in the pool filtration system.

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.

At Hawaiian Pool Builders retail store, which will be opening in the spring, we sell Pentair’s Prowler® 930 Robotic Inground Pool Cleaner along with the Dorado® Suction-Side Pool Cleaner. Even though the store is currently closed, the showroom is open, and one of our pool professionals can answer any questions you have. You can call to make an appointment, or simply stop by.  

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