Cleaning your pool is an essential part of your overall pool maintenance. As such, you need to have the right tools to have a sparkling clean pool. There are several types of pool cleaners available today, but they fall into two categories, automatic pool cleaners and manual pool cleaners. Automatic cleaners are the best choice if you want to establish a consistent pool cleaning routine. They don’t require much effort and are very efficient. Manual pool cleaners are great if you want to precision clean. If you want to conduct a thorough pool cleaning and clean those hard-to-reach pool areas, a manual cleaner is your best bet.
When choosing a pool cleaner, you want to pick one that is right for your pool. You need to consider your pool type, size and shape, debris type and your budget. You need to pick a pool cleaner that meets your needs
Automatic Pool cleaners
This type of pool cleaners vacuum debris and circulate the water to make sure your pool is pristine after cleaning. There are three types automatic pool cleaners; suction, pressure or pressure-side, and robotic cleaners.
• Robotic cleaners are the most popular and operate independently of the pool pump and the filter. Therefore, it doesn’t require a hose connection and since it is independent of your pool equipment, it doesn’t consume pressure adding no additional costs. However, it needs low-voltage power to operate. Robotic pool cleaners are easy to operate. Just drop it into the pool and let it work. It will remove everything from dirt and algae to debris of all sizes.
• Pressure/Pressure-side cleaners are popular with inground pool owners. They operate using the pressure generated by water that is pumped back into the pool through a return valve. It uses the pressure to stir up dirt and debris, propel the cleaner throughout the pool and suction the debris into a collection bag. These cleaners can operate on a timer, and their vacuums are clog-free.
• Suction pool cleaners connect to a dedicated suction line or the pool skimmer and move around the pool collecting dirt and debris and sending it to the pool’s filtration system for removal. They are the most cost-efficient pool cleaners as they use no electricity. However, since they are reliant on pool filter to remove debris and clean the water, you may have to clean your filter frequently. They also have a lot of moving parts that need replacement over time.
Manual Pool Cleaners
Although automatic cleaners are indispensable in pool maintenance, there are circumstances that require a manual pool cleaner. For example, after a storm, you may find an excessive amount of dirt and debris which will require a more hands-on cleaning. Or you may have an algae problem and need to manually clean your pool.
Manual cleaners have a vacuum hose, vacuum head and a telescopic pole. The hose connects to the vacuum head on one end, and to the intake nozzle on the skimmer on the other. Once the vacuum head is submerged, and the hose fills with water, suction is created, which holds the vacuum head against the walls and floor of the pool.