Do Pool Sweeps affect the surface finish of my pool?
Please note that no matter how good the automation and chemical control of a pool, some form of regular brushing of the pool surface is required! A pool sweep or robot is a good way of doing
By keeping the pool clean, Pool Sweeps and Robots minimise dirt, abrasive materials andalgae growth on the surface finish. The combination of cleanliness and correct chemical balance are important not only to the ambience and health of your pool but also to getting a long life from the surface finish of the pool.
Tiles, Pebblecrete, Beadcrete are usually durable finishes and are not much affected by automatic pool cleaners. Rough Pebblecrete, can however prematurely wear out the wheels on pool sweeps and robots. Epoxy paints are a good surface finish, but, unlike other surfaces, they are deliberately self-ablating. That is, the surface constantly renews itself by continuously shedding the surface layer of paint. This is why it retains its freshness and colour so well. Successive layers turn slowly into a whitish powder and this has to be removed. Pool sweeps do this well in most cases, scrubbing the particles into the water where the filter removes them. This is a slow process with epoxy paint finishes typically lasting many years. Using a pool sweep will help keep this (and most other) surfaces looking good. Polaris pool sweeps and robots are best for epoxy painted pools as they climb and scrub walls, while Jet-Vacs do not.
Pool sweeps should not be over-used as there is little benefit to cleanliness in running extra hours each day. Moreover, such extra use consumes electricity and reduces the lifetime of the pool cleaner and the pool finish. Pooled Energy sets recommended hours per day for the type of cleaner you have and varies this with the season and can vary it with the weather, providing extra sweeping after wind-storms, for example. You may override the cleaner sweep settings using the Pool App if you need extra cleaning.
Some pool sweeps have hard wheels that do wear out paint surfaces faster than those with softer wheels, and you may wish to consider this when purchasing a pool sweep.
It is important to trim the sweep hose to the correct length so that the sweep doesn’t get stuck in a corner where it is likely to eventually damage paint or fibreglass surfaces. Pool Cleaners tend to get stuck when the hose is too long. If it is too short, the Cleaner may not be able to reach into a corner.
Correctly set-up pool sweeps and cleaners should not cause undue wear and tear on your pool, If you feel the pool cleaner is running too much, please ask Pooled Energy to reduce the run time. You can do this by phone or email.
Some pool surfaces do wear thin over time, but these are usually due to poor application of the surface at the time of pool construction or due to differing mixtures of multi-part components in the surface mixture prior to application. This is generally evident upon inspection.