What to Know About In-Floor Pool Cleaning Systems

If you’re going to be able to continue enjoying your pool year after year, you need to stay on top of your pool maintenance tasks, which includes regular cleaning. Most people don’t look forward to cleaning their pools, but the good news is that there are some steps you can take to automate the task, at least to an extent.

There are many pool owners that have invested in robotic pool cleaners, which work sort of like the round robotic vacuums you’d use on the floors of your home. While these robotic cleaners certainly have their benefits, they also have some limitations, as they’re not fully automatic. In-floor pool cleaning systems have become an increasingly popular option for pool owners who want to automate their cleaning as much as possible.

Here’s a quick overview of what you should know about in-floor pool cleaning systems in Los Angeles, CA.

How in-floor systems work

In-floor cleaning systems use a series of pop-up cleaners that get rid of dirt and debris in the pool. They’re referred to as pop-ups because they pop out of the floor when the cleaning process begins, and then, once they’re done, they retract back down into the pool floor. They are installed during pool construction and placed around the pool surface as well, including benches, walls and steps. An average pool is likely to have at least 15 pop-up heads placed in strategic locations around the pool. When not in use, they’re fully flush with the pool’s surface, so you don’t have to worry about them getting in the way of your activities.

Every pop-up is tasked with spraying pressurized, filtered water in a particular direction to push dirt and debris toward the main drain in the pool. That drain then sucks in all the debris and dirt, making it easy to remove later.

The pop-ups work in groups rather than individually, which makes them much more effective at cleaning. Each group will typically be composed of anywhere from two to 10 pop-ups, and every group is tasked with cleaning a particular section of the pool. The groups also don’t all operate at once—instead, they run in a sequence that allows them to more effectively push the debris to the drain, just like how you use a broom to sweep dirt into a single pile before disposing of it.

The pop-ups can push the debris in a straight line toward the deep end, or you can have them push it in a different route depending on the kind of system you have in place and the layout of your pool. You can also have the pop-up heads rotate so they can send water in different directions. Finally, you’re capable of adjusting the speed at which each group of pop-ups activates and begins cleaning the pool.

For more information about how in-floor pool cleaning systems work, we encourage you to contact a pool contractor in Los Angeles, CA at Avanti Pools, Inc. today. We’d be glad to answer your questions!