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Importance of Circulation

How Can I Increase My Pool’s Circulation?

One of the most critical components of a healthy swimming pool and spa is circulation, which is necessary for continuing pool upkeep. Circulating involves pumping water around the pool to travel through the filtration system and be cleaned. Additionally, it aids in the dispersion of any chemicals you apply to the water, resulting in excellent pool coverage and thorough cleansing.

A few simple steps can be taken to increase circulation in your pool, beginning with angling the return jet(s) in a way that will produce a whirlpool effect. If your pool has just one jet, it’s best to point it downwards toward the skimmer’s opposite side. This will stir up the water on your pool’s floor and circulate the water.

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Debris can block your plumbing, filter, and pump basket after weeks and months of use (s). Your pool may need better circulation due to congestion if you find it difficult to keep it clean.

Dead Spaces

Dead areas are regions of your pool where the circulation is inadequate or where the circulation is typically neglected. These areas comprise:

  1.  Around pool steps.
  2. In cracks, creases and crevices.
  3. Underneath skimmer(s).
  4. Around ladders.
  5. Deep, sharp corners in your pool’s frame.

These dead zones can occasionally be avoided. Although you can aim your return jets in these directions, you might have to manually clean these areas with a pool brush or an automatic cleaner.

How long should your pump be running?

A pool pump is a need since circulation is crucial to pool maintenance. The heart of your circulation system and your pool is your pump. Ensure you:

  1. Keep the skimmer and pump basket(s) free of debris. 
  2. Angle your return jet(s) to spin the water in a circular motion. 
  3. Point at least one jet towards the bottom of the pool. 
  4. Brush your pool at least once weekly to get all the dead spots.
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8 Common Pool Care Mistakes to Avoid

Pool upkeep involves various tasks, some of which are simpler than others. While making errors is necessary for learning, some mistakes can endanger pool owners. You can maintain your pool safer, cleaner, and more effectively, operating with less mess and aggravation if you educate yourself on typical pool care errors.

  • Adding shock to pool water

Concentrated chlorine is essentially what we refer to as a “pool shock” chemical. Anything that enters your pool can be bleached by chlorine at high concentrations. If your pool has a vinyl liner, adding shock directly to the water can be disastrous. The shock grains will bleach out your liner and sink to the bottom. Leaks are caused by the bleached region becoming brittle and weak. Before shocking your pool, pre-dissolve the chemical in a pail of water. Doing this will distribute the shock more equally throughout the water, safeguarding your pool’s liner, walls, and bottom.

  • Cleaning algae with an automated cleaner

Pool algae management is challenging enough. When vacuuming is added to the list, you might switch out your pool for a less maintenance-intensive option. Even though it takes a bit more work, it’s simple to fix this extremely typical pool maintenance mistake. It will be necessary to use the manual vacuum. Remove the drain stopper or set your filter to “waste.” Be aware that while you are losing some water, you are also losing the algae.

Disregarding pH and alkalinity values

Your pool water is particularly acidic if the pH is very low. Your swimming pool’s equipment, such as:

  1. Pump and filter for the pool.
  2. Heater.
  3. Automatic pool cleaner.
  4. Chemical feeder.
  5. Tools for maintenance.
  6. Solar blanket.

Your pH remains steady when acidity and alkalinity are balanced. Make sure you test your pool water frequently because anything may quickly alter the chemistry of the water. Once everything is back in balance, adjust your levels with a pH increaser, an alkalinity increaser, and other crucial chemicals.

  • Adding shock to the skimmer

Your filtration system could blow up if you do this. Chlorine and calcium hypochlorite, sometimes known as dichlor pool shock, produce a dangerous gas. Suppose you pour shock into the skimmer and have an automatic chlorinator connected to your filter system. In that case, the two chemicals will interact in very little space and have a lethal outcome. Keep your pool shock and skimmer a far, long way apart. Always add shock as the manufacturer directs while donning the necessary safety gear.

  • Shocking pool during the day

When shocking your pool, the daytime is ideal for relaxing in it. Unstabilised chlorine is a shock. The sun will burn out 1 ppm per hour, which is unsuitable for pool shock, decreasing the effectiveness of your chemicals and costing you money. To give your pool shock the time it needs to work, shock at night.

  • Not leveraging calcium hardness.

A clear, clean, and secure swimming pool depends on the calcium hardness of your water is balanced, like pH. And while too much will cause the water to become cloudy, a little hardness is beneficial. It helps make materials like vinyl liners, concrete, plaster, fibreglass, and filters endure longer.

To keep your calcium hardness at the advised range of 175 ppm to 225 ppm, you can use a calcium hardness increaser (200 ppm to 275 ppm for concrete and plaster pools). When you open your pool, add it to reach the desired level. Throughout the swimming season, keep checking it since splash out and evaporation can cause the levels to fall dangerously low.

  • Need to run the pool system more.

Run the pool pump and filter for at least eight hours each day. This should be sufficient time for all of the water to travel through the filter, maintaining clearer water, depending on the size of your pool.

  • Not testing water regularly.

One of the most crucial pool maintenance procedures is your weekly water testing, which can alert you to minor chemistry problems before they turn into severe catastrophes. So, using test strips or a liquid test kit, we advise testing your pool’s water at least once each week. Once a month, at the very least, take a sample of your pool’s water to your neighbourhood pool supply business for a thorough study.

The primary levels you should be testing for are: 

  1. pH and alkalinity.
  2. Calcium hardness.
  3. Chlorine stabiliser.
  4. Levels of sodium and total dissolved solids (TDS).
  5. Iron and copper.
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How Does a Swimming Pool Work?

Knowing how your pool system functions can make it easier for you to diagnose any issues and lay the groundwork for understanding each piece of equipment, such as a pump, filter, or heater.

So how do they function?

The pump powers a continual cycle of water movement in the pool. The pump, which has an electric motor and an impeller, moves water through skimmers at the top of pools and sumps at the bottom to transport it to the filter. After that, the return nozzles get clean, filtered water (a series of small valves placed around the pool).

The water first flows through a plastic pre-filter in the shape of a basket to prevent the pump from getting clogged. This is done to prevent leaves and other debris from obstructing the system or the pump.

The water travels from the pump to the filtration system, eliminating most minute dirt particles. Water is filtered via a layer of tiny glass or sand particles. Even very small dirt particles are trapped by these particles, although water can still pass through them. The pool’s outflow pipe is then used to re-enter the sparkling-clean filtered water. But as time passes, the filter bed will gather more and more dirt, necessitating replacement every year or two.

The filtering system removes the waste that algae and bacteria feed on. This works with sanitisation, the second essential pool system function, to keep your pool tidy and appealing. The bacteria and algae that enter your pool are directly destroyed by sanitisation. Installing a chlorinator, as shown in the diagram, is an automatic and economical sanitiser. The right amount of chlorine is regularly measured and dosed into your pool by chlorinators, keeping it safe, healthy, and sparkling blue.

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Which Swimming Pool Cleaner Should I Use?

Knowing which pool cleaner to buy when you’re new to pool ownership might be difficult. Do you get suction or manual? Is it robotic or under pressure? The answer is contingent on several factors, including the form and size of your Pool, its composition, and how unclean it gets. Then there are additional factors to consider, such as your money and lifestyle. Do you want to spend a few hours each week using a telescopic pole to clean your Pool? Or would you want to relax in your deck chair and let a robot take care of it?

It’s no surprise that new pool owners are confused! 

But don’t worry; purchasing a pool cleaner is simpler than you imagine. In this article, we’ll go over how different cleaners function, who they’re made for, and how to pick the right one for your Pool. We’ve also included some maintenance advice to maintain your pool cleaner and in peak shape.

Pool cleaners come in a variety of shapes and sizes.

Let’s review the five types of pool cleaners available before we start. While they all keep your Pool clear of leaves, dirt, and bacteria, they do it in slightly different ways. 

Manual Pool Cleaners 

The user operates entry-level pool cleaners. Connected to the skimmer box, they include a vacuum head and hose attached to a telescopic pole. You can add attachments, like scrub brushes, to deal with stubborn debris or stains. Light, affordable, easy to use, and easy to remove tiny particles, they can be hard work if you have a big or dirty pool.

Suction Pool Cleaners 

Most common automatic pool cleaners on the market. Made for small debris, they are easy to use; they clean using Pool’s filtration system, climb walls and pivot out of corners. More pricey than the manual vacuum; however, suction cleaners are easy to install, and spare parts are readily available. 

Pressure Pool Cleaners

A step up from suction cleaners. Pressure Pool Cleaners work with Pool’s water return outlet or pressure line and are designed for pools that accumulate medium to large trash. High-pressure pool cleaners offer excellent climbing ability, especially on tile and fibreglass. They can get into narrow spaces, collect more material, and are less likely to clog. Pressure pool cleaners are more expensive and require more maintenance than manual or suction cleaners. On the other hand, they last longer and come with long hoses, and parts are readily available. 

Robotic Pool Cleaners

They are expanding in acceptance and being easily understood. In contrast to other pool cleaners, robotic cleaners operate without the assistance of Pool’s filtration system and contain a motor. This prolongs the life of your pump and filters and reduces backwashing, which can help you save hundreds of litres of water annually.

Robots operate on low-voltage motors, which are more energy-efficient than conventional suction pool cleaners. This can reduce energy use to a minimum and save your Pool’s operating costs by as much as 83 per cent. Additionally, they include sophisticated filters that capture more material.

Unlike traditional pool cleaners, robotic pool cleaners don’t stay in the Pool continuously. Some, like the Baracuda Adventure, even have an auto-lift system that makes getting out of the Pool simple. On the downside, robotic pool cleaners cost more to purchase and repair than suction pool cleaners.

Picking the right Pool cleaner for your Pool

As long as they are installed properly and used frequently, all the pool cleaners in this article will do an excellent job cleaning your Pool. However, not all pool cleaners in this article are useful or even reasonably priced (such as manual pool cleaners) (e.g. pressure cleaners and in-floor systems). Therefore, we’ve chosen to concentrate on the two most common pool cleaners: suction and robotic. 

But before you choose between suction and robotic pool cleaners, you need to consider the following criteria.


Longer-lasting and still present in the Pool while not in use are suction pool cleaners. This implies that the frame, hose, and components may suffer damage from chlorine and UV. Because of this, they might only survive 3-5 years, with less expensive ones breaking down even earlier. On the other hand, robotic pool cleaners operate for shorter times and are not left in the Pool. Because of this, they don’t go through the same wear and can last for 5-8 years or longer if they’re expensive or well-kept.

Energy Efficiency

Only when your pool pump is turned on can suction pool cleaners operate. This implies that your pump will use more electricity while the cleaner is running. Suction cleaners typically require 1000W to operate. Robotic pool cleaners only consume 180W, translating to an 82 per cent reduction in energy costs. Additionally, compared to suction cleaners, which must use Pool’s filtering system, they require less backwashing and water loss due to their built-in filter.


Suction cleaners can clean your Pool in 4-6 hours, depending on its size and degree of debris. If you don’t empty your skimmer baskets, this may take longer. While premium versions may complete the task in as little as an hour, robots take between two and three hours.


Suction cleaners operate continuously while your pump is running, but they occasionally stall or tangle, in which case you must untangle them. If they are unequipped and unable to climb up steps or walls, they may also miss dirt or stains. Robots, on the other hand, can cover 90–95 per cent of the Pool and can navigate the entire space. They also offer a swivel feature and smart navigation, which quickly and easily traverse and map your Pool.


Suction cleaners are inexpensive because of their widespread use and straightforward construction. Additionally, it won’t cost you a fortune to find replacement parts. However, as robots require more specialized engineering, they are more expensive, and their parts can also be. Consider this while comparing models because, in general, the less expensive the cleaner, the shorter its lifespan.

Final Conclusion

There are so many cleaners on the market, from manual pool cleaners to built-in systems, that your mind will spin. How can you determine which one is best for your Pool, then? The best solutions for most backyard swimming pools are suction and robotic pool cleaners. They are widely used, efficient, user-friendly, and reasonably priced.

Check out our table of suggested Baracuda robotic and suction pool cleaners get started. You should be able to use it to identify the best cleaner for your pool type, way of life, and price range. Here is a simple guide if you struggle between robotic and suction.

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You’re starting to feel the cool breath of winter after a rowdy summer of pool parties. Do you keep your pool parties going throughout the winter, or do you decide to call it a day? It’s time to winterise your pool if you’ve decided to close it down for the winter. Winterising your pool can save you money on pool maintenance during the colder months, allowing you to stay in the comfort of your home rather than freezing in the pool! To avoid costly headaches next spring, you must act before the pool can hibernate. Let’s take a closer look at each of these steps:
1. Clean Your Pool Shocking a pool is a process of adding chlorine or other chemicals to the water to elevate the amount of a substance known as “free chlorine,” which aids in the destruction of algae, bacteria, and chloramines (chlorine byproducts that give some pools an overpowering “chlorine” smell). It would be best if you shocked your pool once a week while it’s in use and once more before winterising it.
2. Shock Your Pool Shocking a pool is a process of adding chlorine or other chemicals to the water to elevate the amount of a substance known as “free chlorine,” which aids in the destruction of algae, bacteria, and chloramines (chlorine byproducts that give some pools an overpowering “chlorine” smell). It would be best if you shocked your pool once a week while it’s in use and once more before winterising it.
3. Adjust the pH level. The pH level of the pool should also be balanced, with the optimal pH level falling between 7.2 and 7.6. Your chlorine won’t perform as well as it should if the pH of your pool shifts too far to one side or the other. Corrosion and scaling can be costly when pH levels are out of range.
4. Add algaecide Regular algaecide treatment is essential for keeping your pool clean while it’s in use, but algaecides are also designed to keep algae blooms at bay for up to 90 days during the winter months. Before closing up business for the winter, you’ll want to use a solution like this to treat your pool. On the last day of the season, toss it in the pool. Before turning off your pool’s circulation system for the winter, make sure to let the pump run for at least 24 hours
5. Control phosphate levels. Phosphate levels can rise when leaves fall into your pool, triggering several issues. Phosphate not only helps algae grow but can also diminish the efficiency of chlorine in destroying germs and algae. It’s a never-ending circle. During winterisation, use a phosphate remover to lower your phosphate levels.
6. Clean your filter and salt cell. During the winter, any grease or oil deposits that have built up in your air filter will solidify. When spring arrives, you’ll fight a solid log of gunk rather than a small amount of sludge. Cleaning your salt cell should be done every 3-4 months. Before closing your pool for the winter, make sure to clear your filter and clean your salt cell.
7. Secure your pool cover. If you don’t cover your pool during the off-season, it might become a food source for algae and other bugs. Keeping leaves, insects, and other organic matter out will be easier if it is covered. You’ll save time and money by cleaning less and using fewer chemicals.
8. Keep a basic maintenance schedule When you finish your winter preparations. Maintaining a basic maintenance program is critical. Follow a weekly maintenance schedule to keep your pool water balanced and your equipment running smoothly. Take a brief visual tour of the pool system each week to ensure everything is in working order.
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Six ways to conserve pool water

To save water, we must all do our part. Uncertain about where to begin? Discover how to enjoy the water without wasting it by using these straightforward water-saving tips:

Reduce evaporation

Even though evaporation accounts for a significant portion of water loss from swimming pools and spas, you can reduce evaporation in your pool in several ways.

  1. Depending on the pool cover you choose to use, evaporation can be reduced by 40 to 90%.
  2. A chemical barrier is formed on the water’s surface when a liquid pool cover is used, which can cut evaporation by up to 40%.
  3. Using a pool blanket may be more cost-effective in the long run. If used with a roller, it is simple to remove before using the pool, store it securely, and then spread it out again once your swimming day ends.
  4. Adding more shade to your pool can decrease evaporation and shield swimmers from harmful UV rays.
  5. Your pool will benefit from protection from the wind if you reduce its exposure by surrounding it with walls and plants.

Reduce backwash on your filter.

Sand filters must be backwashed to drain the water and eject the accumulated dirt inside the filter. Backwashing should only be done when necessary (when your filter’s pressure gauge is ten psi or above “normal”). Backwashing once a week during the summer could consume up to 5000 litres of water annually.

Consider using a cartridge filter to construct a new pool or replace an existing media filter. When they need to be cleaned, they use a filter element that can be removed and hosed down, saving a lot of water.

Fix leaks.

Leaks waste water and put your pool’s foundation at risk. Keeping an eye out for any leaks and fixing them as soon as possible makes sense. Even a little leak in your pool can lose 7000 litres of water annually. Leaks in pools can be hard to find. How can a leak be found? First, You must determine whether the leak is coming from the pool’s plumbing or structure. You can locate a leak by following these easy steps:

  1. After filling the pool to its usual level, label it with duct tape.
  2. After 12 to 24 hours, check to see if the water level has drastically decreased while your filter system still works.
  3. Fill the pool back up to the duct tape’s original level while turning off the filter. Measure the water loss once more after waiting the same length of time (also across the same period of the day, i.e. 8 am to 8 pm).
  4. The leak is on the pressure side of your plumbing; someplace PAST the pump’s impeller if you are losing more water when the filter system is operating.
  5. The leak is on the vacuum side of your plumbing, somewhere before the pump’s impeller, if you lose less water when the filtration system is not functioning.
  6. If the amount of water lost is the same, the leak is probably in the pool’s structure, though plumbing leaks shouldn’t be ruled out.
  7. The owner should contact the builder to inquire about any leaks found soon after the pool was built.
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Weekly Guide to Pool Maintenance

The swimming season will have clean, safe water thanks to meticulous pool maintenance. The crucial actions to incorporate into your weekly pool care schedule are listed below. There are three primary duties involved in keeping the pool surfaces clean:

  1. Remove the rubbish and the leaves.
  2. Clear pool wall sediment with a brush.
  3. Pool vacuumed.

You have two options for vacuuming: manual or automatic. Automatic pool cleaners/vacuums come in robotic, pressure, and suction. See more below about this.

Water purity and balance maintenance come next on the maintenance list. You can typically maintain healthy pool water by managing the three essential aspects of water care—circulation, cleanliness, and chemistry.

CIRCULATION: Water in motion is clean and clear. To maximise circulation, run your pump and filter each day.

CLEANING: Refer to the three (3) tasks listed above.

CHEMISTRY: Your pool’s health and safety depend on the balance of chemicals in the water. Fundamentals of the chemistry of pool water include:

pH LEVELS: Indicate how basic or acidic your pool water is; low pH values indicate acidity, while high pH values indicate basicity. Your pool should be between a pH of 7.4 and 7.6.

ALKALINITY: Acts as a pH buffer and mitigates the effects of excessive acidity or basicity variations. A range of 100 to 150 parts per million is appropriate (ppm).

SANITISER LEVELS: The amount of chlorine, bromine, and other sanitisers in your pool’s water. Depending on the sanitiser type being used, different levels are considered optimum.


Robotic cleaners use less energy and operate independently of the filtration system in your pool.
Suction cleaners connect to a specific suction port or skimmer using the water flow from your filtration system. They are the least expensive choice.