The best defense is a good offense
Preventative maintenance is the key to freedom for pool owners. This focus allows you to spend less time cleaning the pool and more time enjoying the relaxing and recreational benefits of owning a pool. Rounding out your pool cleaning equipment with a robotic pool skimmer that focuses on removing surface debris before it decays, creates bacteria and sinks to the bottom can keep your pool sparkling clean while saving time and money.
Surface Cleaning is the Key to a Clean Pool
Skimming the surface of the pool is a part of any pool owner’s routine. There are many reasons why catching and removing debris from the pool’s surface is essential to keeping the pool clean. First, your pool just looks more inviting without leaves, bugs, pollen and even suntan oils floating on the surface. But more importantly, debris that sinks will decompose, promoting algae growth. Dirt and dust can introduce bacteria into the pool, while lotions and soaps can change the chemistry of the pool water.
Stop problems before they start
Floating debris usually remains on the surface of the water for 3 to 4 hours. So, even if a conscientious pool owner is grabbing a net and skimming twice a day, a good deal of debris can sink to the bottom of the pool in between skimming sessions. This necessitates longer running time for the pool pump, and use of a vacuum or other underwater cleaning equipment to remove decomposing matter from the bottom of the pool. Regular vacuuming of your pool will keep it cleaner, but once sunken debris begins to break down, fine particles can remain in the pool, giving it a cloudy look.
Skimming helps prevent algae problems
Debris left in your pool can create a welcoming environment for algae. Algae feeds on organic matter such as leaves, seeds, spores and bacteria that fall into the pool. Fueled by the sun, algae can take hold of your pool. If algae does grow in the pool, removing it and preventing re-growth can be difficult. First, the type of algae growth has to be identified. Next, a potent algaecide product is used along with a clarifying product (flocculant) that will cause the skeletal remains of the algae to sink to the bottom of the pool. The pool must be brushed vigorously and frequently and the filter must be run and backwashed to remove the dead algae from the pool. Pool owners can spend a lot of time, energy and money trying to deal with the fallout from a normal backyard environment. When “messy” trees, pets and dusty environments are part of the equation, the problem grows exponentially.
New solutions for continuous pool surface cleaning
The smartest way to deal with keeping the pool clean and algae-free is to remove surface debris before it has a chance to affect the water quality. A new category of pool cleaning equipment has recently proven highly effective in maintaining a cleaner pool and eliminating algae growth, while using less chemicals and drastically cutting pump running time. Solar-powered, robotic surface cleaners like the Solar-Breeze NX prevent 90-95% of debris from sinking and causing problems for pool owners. Powered only by the sun, the Solar-Breeze NX continuously skims the surface of the pool for up to 20 hours a day. A robotic pool skimmer rarely sleeps – it easily accomplishes what pool owners simply can’t. Its internal rechargeable battery allows it to operate at night and even on cloudy days. Debris captured by the robot is collected in a compartment that can hold approximately twice the volume of the pool’s skimmer basket. The tray is easily pulled out and emptied by the pool owner every few days. Its fine mesh filter traps pollen, pet hair, and even lotions and oils that are left on the pool’s surface. The unit also holds two 3-inch Trichlor tablets for sanitizing the pool and neutralizing organic matter in the debris chamber.
The robotic surface cleaner is smart, too. Programmed steering ensures that the robot backs up and turns when it encounters obstacles (like the sides of the pool) and travels randomly around the entire surface of most pools in under 2 hours. This means debris doesn’t have a chance to sink before getting scooped up by the robot’s collection system. Because it operates completely on its own solar power, there are no cords or external power supplies to deal with and the robot is free to go anywhere and everywhere on the pool’s surface.
Energy-saving benefits of solar-powered pool robots
An added benefit to operating the solar-powered robotic surface cleaner is the savings in energy costs. Because it is powered completely by the sun, running the robotic skimmer won’t add to your energy bill. In sunbelt homes, the pool pump is the second largest consumer of electricity after air conditioning the home. Keeping the pool cleaner with a solar-powered surface cleaner can cut pool pump running time by up to two-thirds, resulting in significant savings and a reduced carbon footprint for pool owners.