Know Your Pool
Know Your Pool
Your Comprehensive Guide to Using and Enjoying your Swimming Pool
(This professional pool care advice and information is provided courtesy of Splash's Pools)
We all know a beautiful looking swimming pool requires fastidious care and maintenance. When a pool becomes littered with debris you can now choose between hundreds of different machines to clean the pool. So what cleaner to buy?
There are as many different cleaners as there are different shaped pools, so the choice of type, style, and price can be overwhelming . If you are a 'first time' buyer, you could be in for a tough time choosing.
These generally consist of a telescopic pole with a vacuum head and hose. The hose is attached to the vacuum head at one end, and the other end is attached to the vacuum plate inside the skimmer box. With the pump running, the operator manually rolls the vacuum head across the pool floor and walls. Any debris is caught inside the skimmer basket.
This is the least expensive form of pool cleaner.
The most common of all cleaners. Normally purchased as a complete unit consisting of a large disc cleaning head, hose, and skimmer attachments, including a speed control valve.
Normally a suction cleaner has just one moving component - a flow valve or a latex diaphragm. Debris is picked up by the cleaner and is deposited into the skimmer basket.
This style of cleaner attaches to a pressure point, normally found on the inside of the pool. It relies on a separate booster pump to power it, leaving the pool's skimmer free to concentrate on skimming the pool surface. The cleaner head most commonly has wheels, and a large throat opening to handle extreme leaf loads or larger objects like golf balls.
Debris is picked up by the cleaner head, and is thrown into a large bag attached to the cleaner. Because a pressure cleaner has its own built-in pressure point, most cleaners are sold when the pool is in the construction stage. Replacement cleaners and head are available.
Robotic cleaners run independently, and do not attach to the pool's filtration system. Robots are electrically powered at a safe, low, voltage, using a transformer to provide the low voltage supply. Robotic cleaners are well insulated too.
Today's Robot cleaners contain drive motors, a pump, and a microprocessor. Most contain filter bags, with the market leaders using cartridges and cartridge baskets
Robotic cleaners use their pump to to pull water through the unit from the bottom - sending debris into the cartridges or filter bags before sending the water back out of the top of the unit. The pump inside the robot also helps to propel the cleaner around the pool.
Robot cleaners are programmable, with market leaders now having a built in gyroscope to provide a reference for its cleaning pattern. Gyroscope-equipped robotic cleaners are the most effective pool cleaners on the market.
Cleaning cycles range from 1.5hr - 4hr depending on brand. Top brands now have Bluetooth connectivity, allowing the pool owner to programme and control their cleaner using their mobile phone.
We hope this information is helpful. If you need to talk about which pool cleaner is best for you, or need any other information, see you local pool professional. We recommend that you contact Splash's Pools Leumeah and Tuggerah Stores, (contact details in the page header) where the store staff will be only too happy to assist.