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POOL CLEANING IS THE TASK THAT one wants to think about the least when planning a pool, but one of the tasks that if poorly though out, could lead to dissatisfaction with the amount of labor required to clean the pool. Planning where your pool is located and how many overhanging trees or shrubs are in the yard will go a long way to making your life easier where it pertains to debris and detritus that finds it’s way into the pool. Your pool will need regular cleaning and brushing in order to keep the water sparkly clean, and there are a number of ways to accomplish this.

In Floor pool cleaners are a newer technology to hit the pool market, and promise to make life exceptionally easy for the pool owner. The basic premise with in floor pool cleaners is that a series of jets are embedded into the floor of the pool, all pointed towards the deep end. The jets pop up on a timed cycle, much like a sprinkler head, and shoot high pressure water down the surface of the bottom of the pool. This causes debris to be washed down to the bottom, where they are sucked up by a sump style system, and the way it’s supposed to work is that it’s an automatic process. In floor pool cleaners are really great in certain types of pools and not so great in others. A zero depth or beach entrance pool that slopes continuously down to the bottom represents the best case scenario for the in floor system, where it’s jets can push detritus all the way down. A complex pool shape with curves, rises, and undulating surfaces on the bottom represent the worst case, and owners will find they still have to undertake some form of manual cleaning to augment the in floor system. In a good setup, an in floor system results in a fairly maintenance free operation in which a strainer basked needs to be emptied from time to time.

Suction pool cleaners range from a manually operated wand with a hose coming off of it that the owner uses to sweep and clean the pool all the way to what appears to be a robot swimming in the pool seemingly on autopilot. Suction pool cleaners of the “robot” variety are hooked up via vacuum hose to a wheeled device which runs when the pool pump runs. They lazily trace their way back and forth all day long, tirelessly sweeping the surface of the bottom. They do a fairly good job of it too, and as with in floor cleaners, if the shape of the pool is clear and obstruction free, it represents an ideal scenario for these little beasts. Disadvantages to these types of systems are the fact that the pool cleaner with all its hose sitting in the pool 24/7 is unsightly, and if swimmers want to enter the pool, the whole contraption will need to be removed. Another disadvantage is the fact that it’s an unintelligent system with a fixed trajectory and may result in problem spots where debris accumulates that the robot simply can’t reach.

Pressure side cleaners appear to be the same as suction cleaners, but their similarity ends in their appearance. They function by being hooked up to the pressure side, which powers them and runs a hydraulic system on board that also creates suction which grabs the debris. The advantages with these systems are that they better circulate the pool water being on the pressure side, and they collect their debris on board in a bag, meaning that they don’t send this debris back to the pool filters. They will also run even with the bag full, which is great if you’ve forgotten to empty it. They have the same disadvantages as suction cleaners in that they must be in a pool conducive to that sort of cleaning, and also are an unsightly contraption always in the pool.

Whichever method you choose, sit back, pour a drink, and recline on your chair poolside while your technology handles the pool cleaning for you.

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