Time & Energy Savings
While no pool can be considered truly “zero maintenance,” we’re getting closer and closer all the time, thanks to many new features and developments. Great minds in the industry have been working hard to take the drudgery out of swimming pool ownership. Check out some of these “secrets” that will make your swimming pool practically take care of itself:
- Automatic Cleaning
- Alternative Sanitizers
- Automatic Covers
- Long-life Interiors
- Computer Automation
- Maintenance Contracts
The latest development in automatic cleaning involves the following cleaners.
1. Pressure Side Cleaners:
Pressure side cleaners are those that attach to the pressure side (return) of your pool's circulation system. Also called booster pump type cleaners, water that is pumped or "pushed" back to the pool propels these units, which have their own hydraulic power plant inside. Being on the pressure side and not the suction-side or vacuum side, pressure cleaners have distinct advantages. They are helpful in distributing clean filtered water around the pool and having their own debris bag means that they don't compromise the filter system by bringing dirt and debris into the pump basket and pool filter.
Types of Pressure Side Cleaners
There are some pressure side cleaners that attach to one of the existing return ports and are powered by the pool pump. These are known as Low-Pressure cleaners, and include the Polaris 65/165 and Polaris 360.
Most pressure cleaner hoses are attached to a dedicated cleaner line with an additional Booster Pump. These include the Polaris 180, 280, 380, 480, and the 3900 Sport.
Pressure cleaners are loved by millions for their power, speed and cleaning ability
2. Robotic Cleaning:
It involves an automated cleaner working its way around your pool during its cleaning cycle.
Some of the advantages of these new robotic cleaners include:
- Faster cleaning – 1 to 3 hours
- Energy efficient motors
- Built-in scrubbing brushes
- The ability to float and clean the surface
3. Suction Side Cleaners:
Low-ball pool builders will often offer suction side cleaners, but these are annoying to use, and inferior to all other types. We recommend pressure side cleaners, such as the Polaris 280.
The days of dumping powdered chlorine into your pool every week are quickly becoming a thing of the past. Several new technologies are combining to minimize chlorine use, and/or eliminate it altogether. As chlorine goes away, swimmers enjoy softer skin, while swimming suits and pool equipment last much longer. Swimmers can open their eyes underwater without any redness or soreness. And best of all, these automated systems manage the water for you, so you don’t have to mess with it.
Hayward’s industry leading salt water pool systems turn ordinary salt into a self-regenerating supply of pure chlorine for pool and spa water that's clean, clear and luxuriously soft. So no more mixing, measuring or messing with liquid or tablet chlorine. Now you can automatically have the cleanest, softest, and safest water possible with Hayward’s wide range of sanitization solutions. Hayward’s new UV and Ozone advanced water treatment system offers the ultimate in water quality and purity, eliminating 99.9% of chlorine-resistant microorganisms while reducing overall chlorine use by 50% or more.
SpectraLight UV systems use remarkable, innovative technology that incorporates ultraviolet light to create a swimming pool, spa, or pool and spa combination that is safer, healthier, and easier to maintain than traditional sanitizing methods. SpectraLight is able to do this while cutting back on chemical use at the same, to reduce the level of chlorine to the same level found in drinking water.
Automatic Pool Covers
While an automatic pool cover offers safety around a pool, it also can greatly reduce maintenance requirements. On days when leaves are falling, just cover the pool and keep all the debris out of the pool. Throughout the rest of the year, the chemicals will last a lot longer if the pool is covered when not in use, because of reduced evaporation and also because of protection from the sun.
There are a lot of different pool cover brands available, and they’ll all help with cutting down on maintenance.
The interior finish of a pool can transcend its design to a whole new level of style and grace. There are many types of pool finishes to choose from, including plaster, tile, and aggregate finishes.
1. All Tile:
Tile is one of the most durable pool finishes and offers an array of design possibilities. Tiles are often applied to the pool’s waterline, floor, or steps to provide a colorful accent; they can also be used to finish the total interior of a pool. Tile’s glossy appearance makes the most of water’s reflective properties and is adored for the artistic look and upscale glamour they lend to pool designs and other waterscapes.
Though tile is the most expensive type of pool finish and takes longer to install than plaster and aggregate finishes, it is the longest lasting pool surface. With proper application and minimal maintenance, tiles should never need to be replaced.
Tile pool finishes include ceramic, porcelain, glass and stone tiles. All pool tiles come in a vast selection of shapes, styles, colors, and sizes, offering virtually endless combinations and designs.
2. Exposed Aggregate:
Some newer interior finishes use a fine, exposed aggregate to create a beautiful and unique finish that will easily last twice as long as the typical plaster finish. These finishes are also less likely to show dirt and debris.
Exposed aggregate finishes contain tiny river pebbles or glass beads. As with polished aggregate finishes, exposed aggregate finishes are hand applied by trained craftsmen. However, once the application is complete (and while the surface is still wet), the finish is power washed with a mixture of water and muriatic acid to remove the top layer of concrete and expose the colored pebbles or glass beads within.
The exposed aggregates in the plaster add traction to the pool surface and come in various sizes and colors, which allows for a range of textures and color combinations.
Pebble finishes have a more rustic look and complement natural surroundings; they are often used for tropical or lagoon-style pool designs.
Plaster is the oldest and most common pool surface finish. It is a simple mixture of water, Portland cement, and either marble dust or silica sand.
Traditional white plaster (or marcite) gives pools a smooth, classic appearance and remains a popular choice despite the range of pool finishes that have emerged over the years. White plaster is the most inexpensive pool finish option and typically lasts five to seven years before any signs of etching or chipping appear.
With computer automation, all the advanced controls of your pool can be put in the palm of your hand – literally. From pumps to lights to water features to sound systems to anything else you can think of, these modern controllers allow you to adjust any and all functions without ever getting up out of your chair or out of the pool. Naturally, these controllers are waterproof, so you can leave them floating in the pool or spa, or wherever you want. Most people have a second controller installed in the house, so they can make adjustments without ever going outside.
The other advantage of the new modern controllers is that the equipment can be programmed for optimum efficiency throughout year.
For the ultimate in a “zero-maintenance” pool, get a qualified service company to handle the maintenance of your pool. If you happen to use Ocean Quest, the trained cleaning technicians will visit your pool once a week, to clean your pool, empty baskets, and conduct a 28 point check of the pool, the chemicals and the operating systems. If anything needs adjusting, the tech will handle it during his brief visit. All you ever have to do is go outside and enjoy your pool!
Variable Speed Energy Saving Features
It may be surprising to learn that a single speed pool pump can be the second largest consumption of energy in your house after heating and air conditioning. With the installation of a variable speed pump, it is possible to cut the associated energy costs up to 90%, which can translate to hundreds or even thousands of dollars every year.
As with most advanced, more efficient products, variable speed pumps cost more than single speed pumps. This incremental investment is often recovered in energy savings in less than two years. In addition, many municipalities and states offer utility rebates, further offsetting the initial cost.