Cleaning your swimming pool is a never-ending task that has to be done on a regular basis. The cleaner works by suction just like a regular vacuum cleaner, but instead of sucking in air, it sucks in water. A strainer catches all the debris and the water is recirculated. Now and then, the suction can be come too strong and the cleaner can get stuck to the bottom of your swimming pool.
Keeping your pool cleaner from getting stuck is different depending on the cleaner and the type of pool you have, whether it is an automatic or manual cleaner is relatively simple but requires some tuning.
Why the Pool Cleaner Gets Stuck
The following are some of the things that contribute why even the best of pool cleaners can get stuck while cleaning the pool as part of pool maintenance.
The shape of the pool bottom in the vicinity of the pool main drain.
Even a slight variation in the angle of the pool bottom related to the drain can cause the pool cleaner to get stuck. This is why problems tend to rise with your cleaner when the pool is re-plastered.
Suction balance between the water flow through the pool drain and the water flow through the pool cleaner.
If the water is flowing through the pool drain and the pool cleaner at the same time, a suction force is created between the two. The cleaner may not have enough forward force to break the suction lock, which causes the machine to stay in a stationary position over the drain cover.
Wear and Tear
As the pool cleaner gets older, it requires replacement of parts, a good service and maintenance. If not done right, this can cause issues with the cleaner getting stuck in the pool.
Correct storage, weights, hose length, water flow and maintenance can have a dramatic influence on your pool cleaner’s performance and keep it from missing sports and losing coverage of the pool.
Measures to Prevent Pool Cleaner from Getting Stuck
Automatic Pool Cleaner
Automatic Pool Cleaners can be very challenging. Often you won’t know there’s a problem until you come back to the pool after it has been running for a few hours by itself, only to discover the pool hasn’t been cleaned at all because the cleaner is stuck in one place.
With these device,s you are recommended start out by searching for an answer on Google from other uses of the same device model you are having a problem with. You may also find the remedy to the problem by checking on Youtube, and reading through discussions in Social Media forums.
Flow Keeper: It is a valve that regulates the flow of water through the hose going to the cleaner. The flow keeper valve has a spring loaded valve that can be set to open and close so it sucks in some water at the valve, thus reducing the amount of water being sucked in through the cleaner. This reduces the amount of suction at the cleaner’s head and prevents it from getting stuck.
Manual Pool Cleaner
If you are using a manual cleaner, you have a got a great deal of control over the cleaner’s head, especially if you are in the water using a short pole. You can feel it when the cleaner is trying to glue itself to the bottom of the pool. Knowing this, you can adjust your angle of holding the pole and positioning the head one moment at at time as you move along, thus prevent the suction head from getting stuck.
If you are standing on the deck using a long pole though, it can be a bit trickier. Long telescoping poles have a deplorable tendency to bow and flex uncontrollably when you are pushing the cleaner or trying to sweep it side-to-side across the pool. Under those conditions, it is nearly impossible to tilt the head the way you can with a shorter pole. If the suction is too strong, pushing the cleaner with a long pole can virtually guarantee that it will get stuck. Pulling the cleaner with a long pole isn’t as problematic, but it is challenging.
Above ground pools don’t have a main drain on the bottom of the pool, but in-ground pools do. This is another area where automatic pool cleaners are prone to get stuck. The main drain has suction pulling water through hit and the cleaner has its own suction. When they come in contact, the combined suction can trap the cleaner.
The easiest and least expensive solution to this problem is to turn off the main drain while your pool cleaner is working. Alternately, you can adjust the main drain pressure by location the controls at the pump. The main drain should have a lever on the pipe allowing you to close it entirely, or partially close it which will reduce the suction.
The drain will stick work whether the cleaner is operating or not, and once you’ve found the correct setting that prevents your cleaner from getting stuck when it goes over it, you can leave it there. You’ll probably have to experiment with it a little since all pools and pumps are different, but once you’ve found the correct setting, your work is done.
Tips to Prevent Pool Cleaner from Getting Stuck
When storing pool hoses, single or one-meter length, it is best to disconnect the hoses and lay them straight side by side. If you have limited space for storage, be sure they are not left on an uneven surface or the hoses will curl. If the pool hose is curled, then simply lay that section in the sun. Lay out straight so the memory will form back to the factory hose.
Hose weights are designed to balance the head or “machine” of the pool cleaner to the surface of the pool. Many end users place the hose weights close to the head of the unit believing this is where it is supposed to go. A hose weight placed in the correct spot can allow the hose to pass under or over the skimmer box correctly.
Depending on the size and shape of your swimming pool, deciding on the hose length is not too difficult. In most swimming pools, the length of the skimmer basket to the furthest edge of the pool plus 1 meter is ideal. This will vary depending on the type of pool cleaner as some have different hose lengths requirements. There are some cases depending on the shape of the pool that it is beneficial to have more or less hose, you may not get complete coverage of the swimming pool but it will prevent the problem of getting stuck.
You can adjust the suction by controlling the water flow through it. The stronger the water flow, the more likely it is to get stuck in one place. You need some suction though or the pool won’t get cleaned properly. The easiest solution is a flow keeper valve.
Knowing and understanding how your pool cleaner operates and common problems that arise will give you the tools to make sure your cleaner is 100% working. A troubleshooting guide is usually found in the owner’s manual to assist you.
Important note: Most of the problems are directly involved with a pool cleaner connected to the pool pump. In order to prevent this permanently, we suggest you opt-for a robotic pool cleaner with anti tangle swivel.
The only way a robotic pool cleaner could get stuck is to get tangled in its own cable, which can be prevented if it comes with a rotating anti-tangle swivel. Check out our guide on the 10 best robotic pool cleaners for in-ground and above-ground pools rated to date and choose from the best to suit your pool.