Wednesday, 22 May 2013 15:19

The Pros and Cons of Automatic Pool Cleaners

Pros and Cons of Automatic Pool Cleaners

from Malibu Pool Service and Repair

Possibly you are a perfectionist who likes to scrub every nook and cranny of the pool yourself to be sure not an inch is missed. Most people would prefer to avoid this time consuming chore and spend that time enjoying the pool. If that sounds more like you, then you may want to invest in an automatic pool cleaner. There are several models on the market, and your needs may be better met by one type or another.

Suction Pool Cleaners


One type of automatic pool cleaner is a suction pool cleaner. As the name implies; this type of cleaner uses suction to move around and vacuum debris off of the swimming pool floor. Some models are even effective at scrubbing the pool walls, so you won't have to. Other advantages of the suction cleaner are; that it is quite scrupulous at cleaning up the fine, particulate debris that cause cloudy water, so it leaves your water sparkling clear, and it is less costly than other types of automatic pool cleaner.


The main disadvantages of the suction pool cleaner are that it does not do well in pools with a great deal of large, floating debris, and that since it sends debris into your pool's filter and basket, you will need to spend more time cleaning and maintaining your pump and filter.

Pressure Pool Cleaners


Another type of automatic pool cleaner is a pressure pool cleaner; it uses water pressure from a pump in order to clean your pool. Some pressure cleaners can be connected to your pool's main circulation pump, while others may use a booster pump specifically designed for this purpose. Water pressure is used to move the pressure cleaner around the swimming pool, while it scoops up debris into an attached bag. This type of cleaner is great if you have a problem with large debris such as grass, leaves, or bugs. Some other advantages of the pressure cleaner are that it won't move large debris into your pump basket or filter, it does a superior job of picking up large floating debris, and it is low maintenance and durable.


The disadvantages of a pressure pool cleaner are that it is not as effective at removing fine particles, such as sand, from the pool water and that it doesn't scrub your swimming pool walls.

Automatic Pool Cleaners


Finally, let's discuss the robotic pool cleaner. This type of automatic pool cleaner makes use of an electric motor that must be powered by a low voltage transformer. A robotic cleaner contains its own pump and filters. Many models contain a computer chip that helps them clean more proficiently and some even come with a remote control. The advantages of a robotic pool cleaner include that it can scrub the pool walls; it helps water circulate around the pool, and best of all that it is proficient at cleaning both large debris and fine particulate from your swimming pool.


Some disadvantages of the robotic cleaner are; the built in pump and filters will need to be cleaned frequently, its movement is limited by an electrical cord, and the price is generally higher than the other types.

Automatic pool cleaners come in many models, shapes, and sizes. Each is designed for a specific type of pool. Your Gilbert pool cleaning specialist can help you make the correct choice for your pool.

James Atlas

James Atlas, an 22-year veteran of the swimming pool industry, is the owner and co-principal of Platinum Poolcare Ltd., a residential swimming pool construction, renovation and maintenance company with service to several commercial aquatic properties including the Bulls, Bears and White Sox training facilities.

Platinum Poolcare Owner James Atlas came to the pool industry after three years of options trading after college, cashing in his chips to work with father Ronald Atlas, owner of Paragon Pools, a commercial pool construction and design company. An entrepreneur at heart, Atlas quickly started up an off–shoot company, Fountain Technologies, through which he designed and constructed water features for luxury residential and commercial properties.

When his brother took over that company, Atlas founded Pool Watch, a management company servicing recreational pools with lifeguard staffing, facility openings, closings and general maintenance. He sold Fountain Technologies and Pool Watch in 1994 and 1995.

Looking to broaden his skill set in the pool servicing industry, Atlas went back to his family pool business, working as a project estimator for multi-million-dollar waterparks, competition pools, high-rise pools, and other large-scale projects.

After a few years, Atlas began receiving consistent inquiries from residential property owners interested in pool construction and servicing. With his father’s blessing, Atlas took the reigns on those new accounts and formed a new company called Platinum Aquatech.

Again looking to go off on his own, Atlas teamed up with Terry Smith, owner of Poolcare Aquatech, another partner company with Ronald Atlas which focused on the service and maintenance. The two companies merged, with Terry and James owning a fifty-fifty share in 2007, effectively becoming Platinum Poolcare Aquatech, Ltd.

Company Background

Platinum Poolcare Aquatech, Ltd., founded in 2007, and resulting from a merger of Platinum Aquatech, Ltd. (luxury swimming pool construction) and Poolcare Aquatech, Ltd.(service, repairs, renovations of swimming pools and spas), specializes in all aspects of pool design, construction and renovation with added focus on specialty aquatic features such as waterfalls, lazy rivers, rock water applications, statuary and other luxury waterscape amenities. The company also provides installation and maintenance services for its customers.

Platinum Poolcare has raised the standards of excellence in residential and commercial pools, spa and waterscape design and construction. We have a combined half-century of experience in building, servicing, maintaining, and renovating award-winning and nationally-recognized gunite pools throughout the greater Chicago area and other Midwest states.

Based in Wheeling, Ill., the company’s headquarters spans 10,000 square-feet of warehouse and office space with 46 trucks, 130 employees during peak season, and one of the industry’s largest onsite replacement parts inventory for quick fixes.

Platinum Poolcare has repeatedly graced the cover of various industry magazines, and has earned hundreds of awards for its designs. The company belongs to the prestigious, invitation-only Aquatech Society for professional pool builders.

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