An automatic pool cleaner is a great find. Cleaning a pool is a time-consuming thing, and this can help you get a few minutes of your busy day back. However, all devices need to be cared for, and a pool robot is no exception.
There is a lot of confusion about a pool cleaner’s needs. Your question is probably something along the lines of, “It’s meant to be in the water, so what if I just kept it there?” But there’s a lot you need to know about your equipment to ensure you get the most of your investment.
Here, we’re going to answer all of the questions you might have about when your device should be in the pool and for how long. Then, you’ll never worry about whether you’re caring for your equipment properly again.
What is a Pool Robot For?
If you’re not sure whether you already own a pool robot or if the equipment you’re purchasing falls under this category, let’s cover what this equipment is that we’ll be discussing.
A pool robot is designed to take over the time-consuming (and not always reliable) job of a net. You don’t have to micromanage it. You can just leave it in the water and go on about your business. It will find its way around the pool naturally, and by the time you get back home for the day, the job will be finished, and you’ll have a clean pool.
You can compare how it operates to how a vacuum cleaner works on the floor. It pulls in all of the dirt and debris that naturally gets into a pool through its suction piece to clean and prevent any health problems from contaminated water. After each session, you will need to empty its contents and rinse its vacuum out. This way, it will stay nice and fresh throughout its use.
How Long Should I Leave My Pool Cleaner in the Pool?
This varies by the situation. It needs long enough to give the entire area a thorough cleaning along each side. Most of the time, this will take between two and six hours, depending on the size of your pool and how much it needs to clean.
Many want to know if it’s safe to swim while the cleaner is still in action. Nothing is likely to happen if you do this, but it isn’t advised. The water gets tossed around when you swim, as will the device. This will make it much more difficult for it to do its job. During this time, it is best to make yourself otherwise occupied.
What Happens if You Leave It in Overnight?
Leaving your pool robot in the water over a long period is not recommended.
The biggest reason is that it exposes the device to the chlorine in the water. While this may not have an effect immediately, if you keep doing this over time, the cleaner will start to shut down. The first sign is that the cleaner will begin to change color. If this has happened, your device has already suffered damage. If it is left for long enough, essential parts of it will begin to break down. If left in the pool, it can also become overworked, causing the machine to break down faster.
We understand how easy it is to leave a cleaner in the pool. Everyone does it from time to time. You’ve had a long day, and it feels like just another tedious thing to do. But the few minutes it takes to take it out and put it away will increase its longevity. This means you won’t have to buy new ones as often, putting money back into your pocket.
Damage to a pool cleaner is not reversible, so if you have noticed color changes and a difference in its parts, it’s time to get a new one. And this time, you’ll know how to make it last.
Can You Get Electrocuted by a Pool Robot?
It is possible to get electrocuted. We’re not telling you this to frighten you. We want you to show how important it is to handle this with great care and put your safety first.
The most common factor in electrocution cases is voltage. The device was operating at maximum capacity. Just because a machine can be switched to that level doesn’t mean it should stay there. The highest voltage should be saved for specific circumstances, and it should only go on for a little while.
Many people are surprised to learn that pool robots can pose a serious electrocution hazard. In fact, there have been some horror stories of people being shocked or even killed after coming into contact with a pool robot. However, it’s important to remember that these incidents are extremely rare.
Manufacturers of pool robots take safety very seriously, and they go to great lengths to ensure that their products are safe for use. In most cases, the risk of getting electrocuted by a pool robot is no greater than the risk of getting electrocuted by any other type of electrical appliance. So, while it’s important to be aware of the potential hazard, there’s no need to worry unduly about it.
Caring for Your Pool Robot
Now that you know the dos and don’ts of leaving your equipment in the pool, you can take advantage of this incredible gadget while increasing its lifespan. When you care for your little robot, it will care for your pool for many years to come.
About the Author
Stefan Schulz is the founder and owner of PV Pool Cleaner. He spent his college years working at Niagara Pools and Spas, one of the largest Swimming Pool and Hot Tub Dealers in the Eastern United States.
Today, he utilizes his background, experience as a pool owner, and the resources of his digital marketing agency, Orpical Group, to generate informative and engaging content for pool owners everywhere.