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August 22, 2014 3 min read 2 Comments

Frequently asked questions about robotic pool cleaners

If you have a pool, you know all the benefits of being a pool owner. But you also know how much of a pain it is to maintain it, as well as the costs of not taking care of it properly.  According Willan Johnson, the CEO of the pool-management company Vivo Pools, improperly maintained swimming pools can cut their lifespans down in half, or even as much to a quarter if they aren't maintained at all. And no one wants to have to deal with green, algae-ridden pool water.

As a responsible pool owner you know to clean your pool filters, check the water level, and maintain proper pH levels, but what else is left? Skimming debris and vacuuming your pool's floors, walls, and tiles. This can be a time-consuming task, especially if you own a large pool. So for those looking for a little help, a robotic pool cleaner can be exactly what you need! Here are the answers to some of the questions we get asked the most:

What does a robot pool cleaner do?

Robot pool cleaners help maintain your swimming pool automatically. These cleaners can scrub, sweep, brush, vacuum, and filter your swimming pool to ensure that it's in perfect condition for your use. In addition to keeping your pool walls and floors clean, it also acts as a mobile drain to improve the pool's water circulation, helping better maintain the water chemistry and lessening the chance of algae growth. Pool cleaners also lend a helping hand in vacuuming silt and debris in your pool so you don't have to!

The video above shows the suction and scrubbing power of a robotic pool vacuum.

How much do robotic pool cleaners cost?

The cost of a robotic pool cleaners can range from $300 to $2,000. Of course this doesn't necessarily mean you have to spend a thousand dollars into an automatic pool cleaner. Depending on you and your pool's needs, you will find an automatic pool cleaner that is perfect for you and within your budget. Most automatic pool cleaners are also optimized with energy-efficient technology to help minimize their electricity costs, especially since homes with pools annually  use 49% more electricity than homes without swimming pools.

How long does it take to clean my swimming pool?

The operation time to clean your pool will depend on the specific pool cleaner and the size of your pool. Typically, a robotic pool vacuum can clean your swimming pool in less than three hours. However, the best part of a robotic pool cleaner is that it operates on its own and you do not need to watch over it!

How often do I need to run it?

For optimal pool maintenance, we recommend you use your robotic pool cleaner at least once a week.

Can I swim in the pool while it's operating?

Manufacturers do not recommend that you swim while the robot is operating. For your safety, we don't recommend it either.

What maintenance is required for my pool robot?

To ensure that your robotic pool cleaner operates properly without issues, you should maintain your pool robot by rinsing it off after use, cleaning out the robot's filter element/cartridge, and properly storing it away once it is done cleaning. Do not leave your robot in the pool for extended periods of time when it is not in use.

Do they climb climb stairs?

Some robotic pool cleaners are capable of climbing and cleaning your pool steps. The  Polaris 9550 is one of the pool cleaning robots that is able to climb your stairs!

Does it matter if I have an in-ground or above-ground pool?

Certain automatic pool cleaners are built for either an in-ground pool or an above-ground pool, but depending on what type of pool you own, there is a robotic pool cleaner that is for you! For example, the  SmartKleen NC22 is designed for above-ground pools, while the Dolphin Nautilus is recommended for in-ground pool use.

Let us know if you have any other questions in the comments below!

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April 18, 2020

Excellent insight into pool cleaning robots. We always recommend pool owners at least skim their pools a couple of times a week at the minimum between our visits. Another option is to buy a robot cleaner. Just remember, there’s many other aspects to maintaining a healthy pool and preventing damage. Even if an owner does all their own cleaning, chemical balancing, and shocking, we still high recommend having a professional come out to inspect the pool a couple of times a year to spot any potential issues before they could become costly repairs.

Piash kar
Piash kar

November 19, 2019

The robotic pool cleaner is best for the pool. Now pool owner uses robotic pool vacuum cleaner. It is useful.

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