You love your landscaping, but let’s face it – Leaves and flower petals drifting into your pool are a giant pain. First of all, it looks terrible. And, this organic material will decay and allow bacteria and algae to grow if it’s not removed quickly. There are two main approaches to removing leaves and other debris from your pool to maintain a clean pool – from the surface and from the bottom.
There are huge benefits to removing leaves and debris from the surface before they sink. By the time those leaves get to the bottom, they are heavy, decomposing and generating bacteria and algae. The sheer weight of bottom debris increases the strain on your pump and shortens its life.
Cleaning from the surface:
Pump-driven skimmers: In-ground pools are built with one or two skimmer baskets in the wall of the pool. When the pump is running, it pulls water through the main drain on the bottom of the pool and through the skimmers in the wall. Debris is captured in baskets in the wall skimmers and also in a basket at the pump. These baskets need to be emptied regularly in order for them to function efficiently. It is best to reduce the amount of suction through the main drain and increase the flow through the wall skimmers. You want less debris being captured at the pump, so that the flow through the pump is not blocked by a full basket.
Solar-powered floating pool skimmer: This is a new concept in pool cleaning. The Solar-Breeze NX2 motors around the surface of the pool, scooping debris into a large debris tray and chasing that debris with a chlorine tablet. It operates entirely on solar-energy and a rechargeable battery with no hoses or cords. Since it operates at least 12 hours a day on solar and battery power, it allows you to reduce your pool pump run-time by up to two-thirds. The minimal amount of debris that isn’t captured by the Solar-Breeze can be removed by one of the other methods at a much lower energy cost.
Cleaning from the bottom:
Pop-Ups: These systems resemble lawn sprinklers that pop-up from the bottom of the pool. Water is sprayed in sweeping patterns from these jets washing the debris into the deep end of the pool where it is sucked through a drain. Leaves are captured in a filter basket which needs to be emptied regularly and the finer particles are caught in the filter, so the filter will need to be backwashed a little more often. If this is your main system for removing debris, keep in mind that is only works when the pump is running.
Pump-driven Vacuums: There are a variety of automatic cleaners that are attached to a long hose and operate with the suction from the pump. When the pump is running and the vacuum is hooked up, it crawls along the bottom and the sides of the pool – vacuuming the bottom of the pool. The leaves and debris are sucked up the long hose toward the pump and captured in the filter basket at the upstream point of the pump. The challenges with these systems are that you need to empty the basket frequently to maintain the flow and suction of the pump. And, these systems only work when the pump is running, so no debris is captured in the off hours.
Old School Cleaning:
Manually: The simplest pool tool is just a net on a long pole. This is human-powered, back-straining and a constant chore. It’s pretty impossible to keep up with debris by periodically skimming or scooping leaves off the bottom of the pool with a net. When debris sinks to the bottom, it gets heavy and fosters algae and bacterial growth. Cleaning before you swim becomes a major project, and your pool is not swim-ready when you are.
The benefit of a solar-powered pool skimmer is that the cleaner runs all day and into the night without costing anything to operate. Cleaning from the surface with a solar powered robot means that your swimming pool is always swim ready, you have less bacterial growth, use less electricity, and you can stop worrying about your landscaping making a mess.
Add a Solar-Breeze NX2 to your pool today and ditch the net for good!