Pool Cleaning

Have you ever wondered which type of pool cleaner is for you? Keeping your pool clean may seem like a daunting and time-consuming task, but the wide variety of cleaning equipment available today means you can have a sparkling clean pool with minimal effort.

At AstralPool, we offer an extensive range of pool cleaning systems to suit your swimming pool, your lifestyle and your budget. Here is a basic explanation of different pool cleaners to help you understand which would be the right choice for you, your pool and your budget.

 

Manual Vacuum

Most pool owners receive one of these with their new pool. It consists of a vacuum head attached to a telepole with a house that connects to the special fitting in the skimmer box. A manual vacuum cleaner means you do the work. 45 minutes to an hour each time picking up leaves, dirt and debris. Effective but time consuming.

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Pressure Cleaners

Pressure cleaners use an individual boost pump to pressurise filtered water from the pool return line and blast the swimming pool surface. Because pressure pool cleaners place the debris in their own collection containers, they help to take the pressure off the swimming pool's filtration system.

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Electric self-propelled cleaners

Pressure cleaners use an individual boost pump to pressurise filtered water from the pool return line and blast the swimming pool surface. Because pressure pool cleaners place the debris in their own collection containers, they help to take the pressure off the swimming pool's filtration system.

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Suction cleaners

These cleaners rely on suction to get them moving and to allow them to vacuum the debris from the pool floor. The units are generally cheaper to install than some other cleaners and operate when the filtration system is operating. The downside of suction cleaner is that the skimmer is not doing the job it is supposed to do which is to skim the top of the water and remove debris before it drops to the floor. Water flow is obviously greater through the filtration system when nothing is connected to the skimmer and water clarity can be reduced using an automatic cleaner.

 If you are in an area with a lot of trees and leaves, this may not be the best option for you and all the debris gets sucked straight into your skimmer basket and can cause a reduction in water flow potentially causing damage to the pump. If you are in a leaf free zone then this could be the right choice for your pool.

The only other thing to remember with suction cleaner is to make sure your filter is clean. A dirty filter reduces water flow and therefore, suction, which affects the ability of the pool cleaner to move.

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Robotic Pool Cleaners

These are driven by electric motors inside the unit. The electricity that powers the cleaner comes from a transformer that you plug into an outdoor outlet. The transformer converts the outlet electricity to a low voltage which is then connected to the cleaner via a long cord.

A robot cleaner vacuums debris directly into its own filter and is the best option when it comes to small and large debris. The inbuilt “brain” helps the cleaner to learn the shape and size of the pool ensuring it manoeuvres around the pool to check if there is any spot it may have missed.

Robot cleaners also act as a great way to circulate the water in your pool – not only by the amount of water passing through them resulting in fine debris being collected but also because they are not connected through the skimmer box which allows the pools skimming action to take place. Robot cleaners will also scrub the walls and tile line (depending on which model you choose) reducing the need for manual cleaning.

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In-floor pool cleaning system

In-floor cleaning systems are in-built systems that are installed together with your swimming pool, requiring virtually no maintenance after installation. These types of cleaners use an individual pump and a distribution system that directs debris to several collection points, which are the cleaned out by the pool filter.

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