If you own a pool then you already know how much work it is to keep it clean. A pool vacuum is an absolute necessity to maintaining any pool. Using the right chemicals to keep the water clean from algae and other harmful pathogens goes a long way to keep the water crystal clear and inviting. However most pools are located outside and subject to airborne dirt, dust and bugs each day. Even if you have a good quality screened pool cage dirt and grime get into the pool basin. The only effective way to clean the pool is with a pool vacuum system. Most in ground pools have a skimmer located at the edge of the pool to remove floating debris like leaves and bugs. A pool drain inlet is normally located at the bottom of the pool and is used to remove dirt and waterlogged debris that has sunk to the bottom of the pool. When the pool vacuums system is running the skimmer and bottom inlet are feeding dirty water to the pool pump. The pool vacuums pump works just like your vacuum in your home. The pump creates suction that pulls the dirt to a canister or filter tank that removes the dirt and filters the water and returns it to the pool. A timer turns the vacuum pump on and off each day as scheduled.
Pool vacuums are very much like a canister vacuum in that the have the ability to use a hose and wand to sweep the side and bottom of the pool to remove dirt that is adhered to the pool walls. The process of sweeping a pool can be time consuming and may take up to more than an hour. Using the long wand or pole that may be 20 feet long is really quite boring. You must be patient, if you sweep to fast the dirt will become suspended into the water column and the pool vacuum will not remove it. Depending on local conditions a pool should be swept at least once a week to keep it clean. Automatic pool sweepers that move across the pool bottom are a good alternative to manual sweeping. The pool vacuums suction cause a valve on the sweeper head to open and close causing the sweeper to crawl around the bottom the pool. The crawler sweeper normally has brushes to help the pool vacuums to do their job of cleaning. Basically you could not have a clean and sanitary pool that you would be willing to swim in without the pool vacuums assistance.