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Pool of knowledge

03 March 2012 swimart

Pool of knowledge

POOL OF KNOWLEDGE

Handy hints and professional advice for pool and spa owners

Time for a tune up!
Optimising the performance of your pool cleaner

With winter now approaching, it's a great time to take your pool cleaner in to your local Swimart store for a tune up. Just as you would take your car in to a mechanic for a tune up to keep it running properly, so too does your cleaner need some attention from a specialist technician. It will allow the cleaner to work at its optimal performance, which will give it a longer and happier life.

There are many factors which impact the performance of your pool cleaner, such as dirty filters, excessive chemical use, unbalanced water and incorrect suction levels.

A dirty or blocked filter will seriously affect the performance of any cleaner. Keep in mind that you should change the sand in your sand filter every five to six years, while filter cartridges should be replaced every 6-12 months, depending on pool load and filter usage. while cartridge elements should be changed approximately every three to four years.

Another good rule of thumb is to regularly clean your skimmer box and pump basket. And while you're at it, make sure you also check for splits in the baskets, as a split basket can cause debris to become caught in the pump impellor, thus reducing water flow.

Backwashing and rinsing your filter regularly will also help with the performance of your cleaner. Plus check or listen for a leaking or split hose and replace as necessary.

In addition, it's a good idea to periodically inspect parts for wear, so if in doubt, call on your Swimart technician to give it the once over and make sure everything's in working order. They can check things such as belts, bearings, wheels and hoses.

Ultimately, keeping your pool equipment in good order means they'll last longer. Your different types of pool cleaning equipment work in harmony with each other, so by keeping one in good working condition helps to keep the next in good order – and so on and so on.