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How to easily clean the pool after winter?

2023-08-19
How to easily clean the pool after winter?

After a long winter, the pool can get pretty messy. If you don't have a canopy or a proper liner, the wind blows a lot of leaves and dust into the pool.

Personally, I do not recommend using foil for safety reasons. I own an above-ground pool, so I don't even want to think about what would happen if the children fell on the film and the water pressure would cause it to shut down. That's why every spring I prefer to take a few days for seasonal pool cleaning. And I'm sure many of you are facing a similar problem.

Cleaning means pre-collecting everything you can. This is followed by a check of the pH level, chlorination and the use of a flocculator to precipitate any impurities from the water. Once the filtration is turned on, the water clears up in 1-2 days, but there is always a lot of sludge left at the bottom that needs to be collected. And this is where the problem arises. There is so much sludge that it clogs the filtration in a short time. So there is nothing left to do but to flush the filtration, only to have it clogged up again after a while. And so on and so forth... Moreover, although the filtration system has a higher flow rate than is needed for the volume of my pool, its power is often not enough to suck up the sand and small stones that children bring on their feet to the pool during the summer season. Then there is no other solution than to disconnect the vacuum cleaner from the hose and directly collect the dirt piece by piece. So there is another solution - buying a more efficient filtration system. But that would also mean more electricity consumption, which would hit me hard in the pocket.

And yet there is another solution than investing a lot of money in a new filtration system with expensive operation! You should definitely consider buying automatic vacuum cleaner.

How such an automatic vacuum cleaner actually works?

Power is provided by a rechargeable battery housed in the vacuum cleaner's waterproof case. To charge, simply plug in the charger in the same way as, for example, a cell phone. The vacuum cleaner has a sensor that monitors if it is submerged in water. It can't be started on dry land, so it only turns on when submerged in a pool. An electric motor drives a turbine that sucks water through an opening in the vacuum cleaner's housing. The water continues to flow to the turbine through a large filter that catches impurities. From the turbine, the water continues to flow to the nozzle that drives the vacuum cleaner. In this way, the wheels are not driven, but the vacuum cleaner moves thanks to the water jet. Therefore, only one electric motor is needed to operate the vacuum cleaner, which saves the battery.

The movement of the vacuum cleaner is also controlled by electronics that monitor the position of the fin on top of the vacuum cleaner. When the vacuum cleaner moves forward, the water jet rotates the fin backward. As soon as the vacuum cleaner hits the edge of the pool and brakes, the fin straightens and the electronics transmit a signal to start directing the water through the front nozzle. The vacuum then begins to retract, the water jet tilts the fin forward, and the vacuum continues until it hits the pool wall again. And so on and so forth.

However, in order to prevent the vacuum cleaner from moving backward and forward along the same path, it is possible to adjust the front and rear nozzles so that the water is discharged slightly to one side or the other. This allows the vacuum cleaner to rotate easily. If the front and rear nozzle are set on opposite sides, the vacuum cleaner will start rotating in the opposite direction when it changes the direction of movement, so it will not return along the same path. In this way, it gradually traverses the entire bottom of the pool in free movement.

A small float tied to a vacuum cleaner is used to pull it out of the water.

Cleaning the vacuum cleaner is as easy as using it. Simply disconnect the filter housing and flush it with a stream of water.

In short, it couldn't be easier... :)

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