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Pool Cleaning with Automatic Pool Cleaners

GL Pools Team

by the Pool Service & Repair Experts at GL Pools

If you have a swimming pool in your backyard, then you understand that one of the most frequent maintenance requirements is pool cleaning. From dirt and leaves to debris and algae, failing to attend to your pool can result in several unwanted consequences that can temporarily put your pool out of service. That’s why, whether you employ a regular pool cleaning service or not, automatic pool cleaners are highly recommended.

So, what is an automatic pool cleaner, exactly? Basically, it is a small machine designed to help out with your pool cleaning. It is important to note, however, that it does not replace the need for regularly scheduled pool cleaning service. Its main swimming pool maintenance function is basic, but very effective. They require very little effort on your part and most can even be scheduled. Also worth noting is that this type of pool cleaning behaves differently than the way skimmers do. While skimmers only remove debris from the surface, an automatic pool cleaning system runs along the floor and walls, helping to remove what the skimmer might have missed. When maintained properly, an automatic pool cleaner can last anywhere from 5-7 years. In this blog, we’ll discuss everything you need to know about pool cleaning with automatic pool cleaners.

How Do Automatic Pool Cleaners Work?

There are several different types of automated pool cleaning systems including suction-side, electric, and return-side cleaners. However, suction-side cleaners are the most common. Featuring wheels with shoes, pods, or wings, suction-side cleaners work much like a vacuum. They use a suction and a gear system to navigate the floor of the entire swimming pool. As it maneuvers around, the suction-side unit performs its pool cleaning functions by collecting dirt and debris from the floor and moving it to the pump basket and pool filter.

When putting swimming pool automation systems to work for you, there are a few things to keep in mind. For starters, pool cleaning only happens when your filtration equipment is running. It is recommended that you operate your pump at a higher speed to help the cleaner move for 2-4 hours. The speed of automatic pool cleaners can be controlled by adjusting the valves or changing the RPMs on the pump. In terms of power, automatic pool cleaners can plug into a skimmer with a flow diverter or a wall port with a vac lock, a safety mechanism used for anti-entrapment purposes.

As you can see, suction-side pool cleaners are highly effective tools for pool cleaning. Not only that, but they are also a highly cost-effective solution for maintaining your pool in between your regularly scheduled pool cleaning service. Beyond keeping debris out of your pool daily for an overall cleaner pool on which you can depend, an automatic pool cleaner limits algae by filtering out the debris that would otherwise serve as algae “food”.

Pool Cleaning and Automatic Pool Cleaner Maintenance

Like anything else that gets used regularly, automatic pool cleaners must be cared for properly and regularly. In fact, there are many different facets of these machines that require attention. For instance, as a pool cleaning device, it must sometimes be unclogged, and their hoses need to be replaced every 1-2 years.

Additionally, an automatic pool cleaner’s tires, shoes, or wings must also be replaced every 4-6 months depending on your pool’s finish and the speed of the cleaner. Finally, a pool cleaner’s multiple gears must also be checked regularly and replaced accordingly as needed. As mentioned prior, if this maintenance schedule is followed, your pool cleaner can last you up to 7 years and will be a great addition to your pool cleaning routine.

How to Keep Your Pool Cleaner Running Smoothly for Uninterrupted Pool Cleaning

If you currently use an automated system to enhance your usual pool cleaning service, there are a few things you can do to promote smooth operation and fewer problems. First, because automatic pool cleaners pick up dirt and debris, it is highly recommended that you also employ a leaf canister. That way, dirt and debris hit the canister rather than entering the plumbing. As such, the canister should be emptied regularly to avoid potential issues that could potentially require repairs or even a pool pump replacement. Leaf canisters work by attaching to the cleaner hose. It’s a good idea to keep it close to the wall so your hoses don’t tangle. You can also use hose floats for the same purpose. Beyond the obvious pool cleaning benefits to, a leaf canister is additionally helpful in keeping a cleaner upright for optimum operation at all times. Some swimming pool automation systems will even require it.

Pool Cleaning with GL Pools

At GL Pools, we are proud to offer the optional rental or purchase of high-quality automatic pool cleaners as part of our regular pool cleaning service. Our expert technicians can provide a no obligation quote based on your individual needs, with absolutely no obligation. We’ve been providing pool cleaning and San Diego pool repair since 2006 and pride ourselves on our excellent customer service. If you live in the area and would like to learn more about how our exceptional pool cleaning service can help you, contact us today.