The Better Way to Remove Debris From Your Pool

No matter where you live or how you use your pool, inevitably debris (pollen, leaves, grass clippings, etc.) will find its way into your water. For many pool owners, keeping up with the debris in their pool can be one of the most labor intensive and time consuming tasks.

The good news is there are options and new technology available to you so that this doesn’t have to be your pool-owning experience. We want to discuss three different options for debris removal and the benefits and drawbacks of each.

The “Old School” Methods

The two old school ways to manage debris in your pool is to manually clean it out with a pool vacuum or by purchasing a “robot” style automatic cleaner that drives around the pool sucking up dirt and leaves.  While both of these options can be effective, they have their drawbacks. Manually vacuuming the pool is the cheapest option, but also by far the most labor intensive.

The robot cleaners will significantly cut down on your labor, but keep in mind that they must be manually removed from the pool to empty the debris or when anyone wishes to use the pool. From a strictly aesthetic point of view, a robot cleaner roaming around the pool is not the most attractive look for your beautiful project. Additionally, they can be a significant investment. A good quality robot cleaner has a price range of $1,200 - $2,000, with an approximate replacement lifetime of 4 years.

The Better Way to Remove Debris

At Aquavisions, we recommend and install something completely different than these old school methods. We incorporate “in-floor” cleaning technology into most of the projects we build. Designed and supplied by Paramount Pool and Spa Systems, our PVR system places nozzles throughout the floor of your swimming pool to manage the debris that collects on the bottom of the pool. The nozzles pop up and put out a jet of recirculated, filtered water to push debris toward a drain in the deepest part of the pool.

From here, the debris is collected in a canister that mounts flush with your pool patio. Simply empty the basket as needed. Additionally, the nozzle colors are selected to closely match the color of the pool interior making them an appealing option from a design point of view.

An Investment with Benefits

The side benefit of a PVR system is that by returning all of your filtered and chemically treated water throughout the entire pool floor, you get better circulation and more thorough heating (if your pool is heated). Like any technology that aims to lessen your workload, it does require an investment. The cost of these systems are determined by the size of the pool, but generally land in the $6,000 - $8,000 range. Many pool owners feel this is one of the best investments they made in their pool because of how much it allows them to enjoy their pool without all the manual maintenance.

It’s important to note that any “automatic” cleaner you choose will not get every speck of dirt out of the pool. There will always be a little manual work to do. With an in-floor cleaning system, you have the benefit of simply brushing any dirt that collects in “dead spots” into the middle of the pool. Your PVR system will handle the rest!

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Key Things to Know About Your Pool’s Pump and Filtration System

Your pool’s pump and filtration system is essential to circulating and maintaining great water quality. One of the best investments you can make in your pool is purchasing good quality equipment, suited to the size and needs of your pool. Too small, or too large of a pump and filtration system will have an ongoing, negative impact that could cause you additional work and money in the long-run.

This is why it’s so important, when designing your pool, to also pay attention to the design of your pump and filtration system. While it may not be the most exciting aspect of your pool, a high quality, well-functioning pump and filtration system will make the entire experience of owning a pool a lot more fun and easy.

Whether you’re just beginning to explore your options for owning a pool, or your current pool’s pump and filtration system is due for an upgrade, here are a few key things you need to know to make an informed decision.

The Benefit of Variable Speed Pumps

One of the more recent advances in circulation system design is the availability to install variable speed pumps on residential pools. A variable speed pump enables you to program up to eight different speeds into your pump motor so that you can dial in exactly how hard you need your pump to work to get the job done. Factors like the size and location of your pool will have an impact on the speed at which your pump needs to run. The benefit of a variable speed pump is that this can be customized and adjusted to run exactly as needed while working as efficiently as possible to save energy. This feature alone can result in a savings of up to 90% (compared to a standard 1.5 HP pump) on pump operation costs.

Bigger is Not Always Better

You may have heard an antiquated sales pitch similar to “Well, if they are selling you a 1 Horsepower pump, we’ll include a 2 Horsepower pump!” In contrast, a good pool professional will instead encourage the use of the smallest pump possible to filter all of your pool water in a given amount of time. The reason is simple, the smaller the pump, the less electricity you have to use to run it. Bigger is not always better, and in this case it is simply not necessary! Be wary of any pool professional who tries to tell you otherwise. This will cost you more money both upfront and in the long-run.

The Key to Efficient Pool Filtration

The best option for your pool filtration is going to be a cartridge style filter as opposed to the old standard sand or D.E. filters. Using a cartridge filter eliminates the need to “backwash” your filter system where you lose pool water as well as pool chemicals. Typically, you only need to clean your cartridges once or twice a season and doing so is quick and easy. Simply remove the cartridges from the tank, thoroughly rinse them with a hose and place them back into the tank. Though the wet cartridges can be a little heavy and somewhat cumbersome, the time you save only washing them a few times a year combined with keeping your water and chemicals where they belong (in your pool, not in your yard) makes it well worth it.

How Technology Makes It Simple

Technology is making things easier and more automated than ever been before. The same is true for how technology is shaping the homeowner’s experience of owning a pool. New capabilities of pool automation are now on the market and are something you really want to think about incorporating into your pool’s pump and filtration system. It is so convenient to be able to control elements of your pool through your smartphone, especially if you’re away for an extended period of time traveling or on vacation.

The bottom line to getting the right pump and filtration system is to find expert advice you can trust. A good pool professional can advise you on every detail that will ultimately impact quality and longevity of your pool. A variable speed pump, sized appropriately for your pool will save you ongoing work and money. Additionally, you want to use a cartridge style filter, cleaning it twice per season. Finally, you want to consider incorporating certain pool technologies to help you save time and give you peace of mind.

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Upgrades to Enhance Your Pool Owner Experience

Owning a swimming pool should mean fun memories spent with family and friends, not hours of maintenance that become an overwhelming chore added to your to-do list. We understand, you want to experience all the benefits of owning a pool, without the unnecessary burden of extensive daily upkeep.

Many clients come to us with the concern that their new pool will be “too much work.” Thirty years ago, this may have been the case. However, technology has drastically enhanced the way we handle everyday pool tasks, making them fast, simple and automated.

When first discussing a new swimming pool project with a client, we carefully explain that there are three main components to maintaining your pool: standard pool filtration, debris removal, and water chemistry. Each of these three areas of upkeep have options available to pool owners that can help you work on your pool less and enjoy your pool more!

If you’re considering a new swimming pool, or even if you already have one, we want to outline some options that may be a good fit for you to incorporate into your pool maintenance system. As part of a series of articles, we will dive much deeper into each of the following three topics, but for now we want to provide a general overview to give you a basic understanding. Take a look!

The pump and filter is the heart of your pool circulation system.

Investing in good quality equipment will give you an excellent start on maintaining great water quality. Contrary to what you may have heard, a good pool professional will encourage the use of the smallest pump possible to filter all of your pool water in a given amount of time. The smaller the pump, the less electricity you have to buy to run it!

One of the more recent advances in circulation system design is the availability to install variable speed pumps on residential pools which enables you to program up to 8 different speeds to control exactly how hard your pump needs to work to do the job right. This can result in a savings of up to 90% (compared to a standard 1.5 HP pump) on pump operation costs.

For your pool filter, we recommend using a cartridge style filter as opposed to the old standard sand or D.E. filters. Using a cartridge filter eliminates the need to “backwash” your filter system where you lose pool water and pool chemicals. Better yet, you typically only need to clean your cartridges once or twice a season!

Learn more about your pool's pump and filtration system. 

You are not limited to “old school” methods for removing debris.

When your new pool construction is complete or your existing pool is opened up for the season, there will inevitably be some debris (pollen, leaves, grass clippings, etc.) that finds its way into your beautiful pool. Sure, you could manually clean the debris out with a pool vacuum or by purchasing a “robot” style automatic cleaner that drives around the pool sucking up dirt and leaves. While both of these options can be effective, we recommend something much better for our clients!

At Aquavisions, we incorporate “in-floor” cleaning technology into most of the projects we build. Designed and supplied by Paramount Pool and Spa Systems, our PVR system places nozzles throughout the floor of your swimming pool to manage the debris that collects on the bottom of the pool. The nozzles pop up and put out a jet of recirculated, filtered water to push debris toward a drain in the deepest part of the pool. From here it is collected in a canister that mounts flush with your pool patio.

Your work is simple; empty the basket as needed! The nozzle colors are selected to closely match the color of the pool interior making them an appealing option from a design point of view. The side benefit of these systems is that by returning all of your filtered and chemically treated water throughout the entire pool floor, you get better circulation and more thorough heating.

While any “automatic” cleaner that you choose will require a little hand work to be get every part of the pool clean, it is far less labor intensive than manually vacuuming your pool.

Learn more about debris removal options for your pool. 

Maintaining good water chemistry keeps your pool sparkling clean.

There is a lot that goes into pool water chemistry, but at it’s most basic level the water needs to be sanitized and free of bacteria, viruses, and algae. One of the biggest advancements to the pool industry is that salt/chlorine generators are now the norm for pool sanitation. It’s important to note that event with salt water systems, your pool is still being treated with chlorine. The difference is that instead of manually adding chlorine to your pool water, the salt system produces its own!

To install a salt/chlorine system on a new pool or an existing pool, we plumb a “cell” into your circulation system which all of your pool water will pass through after traveling through your filter and possibly a heater. Our pool professionals add the right amount of salt to your pool based upon gallons of water. Another important thing to note is that this salt is manufactured and sold specifically for the pool industry and is not interchangeable with the crystals or pellets meant for home water softeners.

The chlorine (produced through electrolysis) will sanitize the pool water and then recombine with the sodium where it will once again go through the filtration system and the process continues. The result is a highly customized sanitation level which you can even control through your smartphone!

Best of all, the salt water has a much “lighter” feel when you are in the pool and does not have some of the undesirable effects that standard chlorine methods do such as drying out your skin, burning your eyes and bleaching bathing suits and hair. But the real win is a safe, simplified and automated sanitation system for your pool that allows you to work less and enjoy more!

Learn more about maintaining good water chemistry in your pool.

Be sure to stay tuned as we diver deeper into each of these three topics in our next blog series! You will learn all of your options, and their pros and cons, for pool filtration, debris removal, and water chemistry.

If you’d like to know more right now, we welcome a conversation! Contact one of Aquavisions’ pool experts today at (717) 697-7610.