Inground Pool Cleansing Options

August 22, 2012


Inground Pool Cleaning Options

A swimming pool can provide your family with hours of fun during hot, summer days. Inground pools can sometimes be difficult to clean effectively because of their tight corners and unique shapes. However, keeping your pool clean is essential-swimming in a dirty pool can make you and other swimmers sick.

When considering what cleaning system is best for you, there are three options in general: manual cleaning, automatic, or robotic pool cleaners.

Manual Pool Cleaning

Manual pool cleaning is similar to vacuuming the carpets in your house. The vacuum hose generally connects to your skimmer, and as you vacuum debris from the pool floor, it is directed into your filter. You’ll also want to have a leaf bag adapter that will pick up leaves and other large items from getting caught in your system. This method is likely the most time-consuming, as it requires you to manipulate the vacuum around the pool floor, but it is also the cheapest option.

Automatic Pool Cleaners

An automatic pool cleaner performs the same function, only without your intervention.

These types of cleaners require only that you put in any chemicals needed, and turn on the electrical power. Two different types of automatic cleaners are suction side cleaners and pressure side cleaners. A suction side cleaner relies on suction to vacuum dirt and debris from your pool, just as its name implies. This filter also works to scrub your pool walls as it moves around the pool, eliminating the need for you to do it yourself. Like a manual system, a leaf bag adapter is recommended to catch leaves and other large debris. As your pool filter will be taking up more debris with this system, be aware that there will likely be a need for you to clean your filter more often with this system. If your filter is not operating at optimum levels, then the pool cleaner will also not function as effectively.

Pressure Side Pool Cleaners

Pressure-side cleaners use water pressure to get the job done. Generally, they are connected to the existing pump used for the swimming pool or from an auxiliary pump known as a booster pump. The biggest advantage of this type of cleaner is that they have their own collection bag for leaves and other debris, thus leaving your pool filter able to do its job more effectively and need to be cleaned less often. However, pressure side cleaners do not clean the inground pool walls as effectively as the suction side cleaner, which will require you to brush the sides of the pool more often.

Robotic Pool Cleaners

Robotic cleaners are self-contained units driven by an independent motor. Robotic cleaners are very effective at cleaning the entire pool, scrubbing the sides, even any tile you have on the walls and the pool stairs. Most units of this type have their own on-board diagnostic systems that can alert you to any problems, and some units can be programmed to learn the shape of your in-ground pool. Robotic cleaners are by far the more expensive choice, but most efficient.

This article was written by Dave Montague owner of Southern Pool Designs.
Southern Pool Designs has been building, repairing and renovating inground pools and spas in central florida for over 10 years.

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