Problem Solver - August 2008
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Simplifying Pool Cleaning

Indoor and outdoor pools alike will collect debris and dirt. To keep your commercial pools clean and safe for users, you'll need to employ a pool cleaner on a regular basis.

There are many types of vacuum systems available, all of which suit different needs. You can find vacuums suitable for cleaning Olympic-size pools or smaller wading pools. You can find vacuum systems that use your existing recirculation system or you can operate a vacuum independently of your recirculation system, using a portable filter system.

Finding the right vacuum system will take a bit of research. You should talk to your manufacturer about the size and shape of your pool, as well as the number of pools you have at your facility, to determine the best solution for you. Here are some other challenges you might face that will help inform your decision:

Q: We find that we're putting a lot of wear and tear on our recirculation system when we vacuum our pool. The system is getting clogged with debris. Is there a better way to handle this to extend the life of our filter?

A: Yes, it sounds as though your aquatic facility would benefit from a portable vacuum filter. These systems provide a portable means of vacuuming your swimming pool, but more importantly for your purposes, they allow you to vacuum the pool without using your existing recirculation system.

Thousands of pool operators purchase these systems every year because of this and additional benefits. For example, a portable vacuum filter provides the flexibility to move the system from one part of the pool to another, making it easier for you to reach every nook and cranny.

The pre-engineered, pre-assembled systems can include a stainless-steel cartridge filter and a self-priming pump with an internal strainer, all mounted on a cart with pneumatic wheels to make it simple to roll the system exactly where you need it. You should look for a system that includes all of the required interconnecting plumbing and electrical components, including a pre-wired GFI protector.

Some systems come complete with vacuum heads, poles and hose for those who need an entire system. Or, if you already have some of the parts you need, you can by the items individually.

Q: We have multiple pools that need to be kept clean, but it's difficult to do so from a central location. Is there a simpler way?

A: The same flexibility that makes a portable vacuum filter perfect for moving to various points of a single pool will be a boon for operators who need to keep multiple swimming pools clean. A portable vacuum filter will allow you to move from one body of water to the next, simplifying the cleaning process and allowing for more flexibility.

The systems are available with various filter and pump sizes, so depending on the size of your various pools, you'll be able to find the ideal solution for your facility. One supplier, for example, offers a model that can recycle more than 5,525 gallons per hour.

Q: What other benefits does a portable system offer?

A: By now, you can probably see that the flexibility of these systems is a primary benefit. But that's not the only reason you should consider a portable vacuum filter.

They are more reliable than using the existing recirculation system or a pre-plumbed vacuum system. They also are easier to prime and operate than other systems.

And for aquatic facility operators who are concerned about water conservation, the portable vacuum filter can help. These systems save water as you can run the filtered water back into the pool, bypassing your pool's filter, which would have to be backwashed to get the debris out of the recirculation system.

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