FAQ: Swimming Pool Cleaners
Are you a new pool owner in need of the rundown on swimming pool cleaners? Check out these frequently asked questions.
By Kimberlee Courtney
How often should I clean or vacuum my swimming pool?
At least once a week you’ll need to vacuum the pool to remove sediment and debris such as leaves and twigs that were not picked up by the filter system. This will help maintain both the beauty and operation of your pool.
How long does it take to clean or vacuum a swimming pool?
Vacuuming your pool with a manual pool cleaner/sweeper is an effective way to remove areas of dirt because you’re less prone to miss any spots; however, it can take you anywhere from an hour to an hour and a half to sweep the entire pool, depending on its size.
If you have a large pool or are unable to dedicate a few hours each week to vacuuming the pool, an automatic pool cleaner, such as a suction-side, pressure-side, or robotic cleaner, may be a better option.
What type of swimming pool cleaner should I use?
Suction-side pool cleaners connect to the pool’s skimmer box or a dedicated suction line and use the suction created by the filter system to suck up grime and dirt from the floor and walls and transfer it to the skimmer. Some models feature brushes to loosen algae. Others come with their own filter bag so leaves and large debris do not clog the skimmer.
Pressure-side pool cleaners use a combination of suction and jet action to roll around the pool surface and draw up material into an attached bag. These automatic cleaners work well for pools with a heavy leaf load because they have a large opening (up to 2 ½ inches in diameter). Some pressure-side cleaners have a tail that swishes back and forth to help filter out fine particles to the main drain or skimmer.
Electric or robotic pool cleaners are a good option for very large pools because they are not limited by the length of a hose; they are powered by a chargeable battery, solar power, or a water-safe electrical cord that is plugged into a standard GFCI-protected outlet. Robotic cleaners rove the surfaces of the pool sucking up small and large debris like pollen, sand, and tree litter. Many models use rotating brushes or rollers to scrub the pool’s walls and floor, including hard-to-reach corners.
Photo courtesy of Zodiac Pool Systems, Inc.