Problem Solver - August 2012
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Find the Right Pool Vacuum

Vacuuming is an essential part of maintaining a sanitary swimming pool. When selecting a cleaner, you need to carefully consider your options.

Q: What should we consider when selecting a pool vacuum?

A: The size of your pool is the most important factor when choosing the proper cleaner. The size of the cleaner required is based on several factors, including the amount of time you typically have available to complete a full cleaning cycle. Since robotic cleaners generally run on six- to eight-hour cycles, the size of the cleaner determines whether you can complete a full cleaning cycle of a pool within your available timeframe.

The shape of your pool and features may require that your cleaner has an infrared sensor to avoid or maneuver around obstacles. If you have a beach entry pool, your cleaner may require an air sensor.

Q: Should we look for a manual or an automatic vacuum?

A: If you have used an automatic cleaner in your pool, it is unlikely that you would ever return to a manual cleaner. Moreover, if your pool is large, an automatic cleaner is necessary. However, certain situations require a manual cleaner.

Automatic or robotic cleaners are the most popular. They reduce labor costs, can be run when your pool is closed, and can clean pools of any size. With the reduction in labor costs, an automatic vacuum will normally pay for itself in one to two years.

Automatic cleaners also eliminate disruption in the pool's utilization during operating hours. In addition, by setting the cleaner to start its cleaning cycle an hour or more after the pool has been closed, the debris in the pool can settle to the pool floor prior to beginning a cleaning cycle, resulting in more effective debris removal.

Manual cleaners can be divided into three categories: battery-powered, canister, and simple pump on a cart. These are all portable, manually operated devices. Battery-powered manual vacuums are fast, powerful, easy to operate and fully portable. Canister vacuums consist of a pump and a filter with an internal cartridge and are used with a vacuum hose, head and pole. Canister vacuums are recommended when ultra-fine particles need to be removed from the bottom of the pool. Pump-on-a-cart vacuums do not provide any sort of filtration, sending water directly to waste. These vacuums are best utilized when you are trying to remove thick, ultra-fine sediments of algae or debris from the bottom of the pool.


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