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Thread: How and when to use an automatic sweep?

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    How and when to use an automatic sweep?

    I have a question about the best way to use the pool sweep. I have a hayward sweep that drives me nuts anyway - it only moves when I stare at it - I swear it is one of my children! I also have some tight corners at the stairs that like to capture the sweep when it does decide to move. I want to buy a barracuda because the wide radius will probably get past the stairs. I currently have my sweep in the pool every night. I have my pump an high for 2 hours to drive the sweep and on low for 3 hours to continue circulating the water.

    Anyway, back to my question. I think I read on here that some people use their sweep once a week, some people every night, some people as needed, and some people say NOT to use a sweep - only vacuum once a week.

    What is the best way to use the sweep?
    19,000 gallon, irregular kidney shaped, plaster pool surrounded by (8) cypress, (1) oleander, (3) palm trees, (2) unknown shrubbery
    Pentair Tagelus 100D sand filter, with fresh #20 silica sand, and WhisperFlow 3/4 hp. full rated pump
    Innovative Pools controls with digital timers and remote light switch
    Hayward pool sweep with new gearbox A-Frame & turbine, and pods


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    Re: How and when to use an automatic sweep?

    Quote Originally Posted by randelli
    What is the best way to use the sweep?
    Bottom Line ..... It depends on how much and what kind of debris you have. During Fall and Spring I use my sweeps much more than during winter and summer because of the leaves, other plant debris, berries, pollen, and higher winds in Fall and Spring. My Aquabot, with fine bags, runs all night practically year round for sand/silt blown in and dragged in by the dogs. I don't use it during the day as the dogs get tangled in the power cord. the Polaris 280 is the best for leaves and heavier plant debris. It is running several hours during the day now to catch a few dangly pollen things from trees and holly leaves that the Pool Skim and skimmer don't get AND more importantly pick up the sand. What silt that doesn't get picked up by Polaris is stirred up enough that the main drain and skimmer, with skimmer sock, catch it. My dogs don't have any problems with the Polaris hose.

    I have an extreme environment, in the woods, with dogs in and out of pool all day, and pretty constant breezes 20-40 mph and frequent high winds averaging 40-60 mph and higher. So lots of stuff is constantly introduced to my uncovered pool.

    In the summer when wind speeds are lower the all night Aquabot will probably take care of all the debris with a spotless pool every a.m. My aim is to not have to use the Polaris during day except after storms.

    Many people have much less extreme conditions with many across the spectrum from virtually no debris in pool to what I have so your needs will vary.

    Another factor is just how spotless you want your pool. Some people don't mind a bit of debris floating or on the bottom or in suspension. I don't like any of that so I spend a lot of time keeping it cleared out with different cleaners. The only time I have to do a manual vacuum is if I have not run any cleaners for a week or two (very rare) and in the spring for initial clean up even though I keep the pool open year round (but neither we nor the dogs swim in dead of winter). Another time would be when I can't be here during fall to constantly run the pump and clean out the leaves from skimmer and 2 Pool Skims and Polaris several times a day because they fill up so fast with leaves.

    I have a variable flow pump. It is new so I will be experimenting on flow rates this first summer using it. I'm running it for two turn overs per 24 hour period right now which gives enough flow to feed the one Pool Skim and the Polaris booster pump. I'll be experimenting with it for day and night speeds/flows but will be running it 24/7. Pump run time and speed can also be a determining factor for need to use cleaner(s). The less the pump is run for filtering the more debris will settle to the pool floor.

    Others will respond with their experiences.

    gg=alice
    1981, 25K, IG, Blue Plaster 1996, somewhat oval, widens a bit at shallow end, 1.5" pipes, 2" at Pad, 1 separate main drain, 1 skimmer, 4 returns + dedicated cleaner return, 10 ft deep end with very fast decline from shallow, Pentair Quad 80 DE, Pentair Intelliflo VF, 3/4 HP Booster Pump (equipment pad about 8 ft below top of pool), Challanger 3/4 Trash/Emergency Pump 120v, Polaris 280 (pressure), iRobot Verro cleaner (robotic), Aquabot Turbo (robotic), Jacuzzi Tracker 4X (vacuum) Pool Blaster (Buster), Two (2) PoolSkims, Solar Breeze (solar powered top skimmer) (beta to ver. 2, release date 2010), ColorSplash LED replacement bulb. Aries 550 gal separate spa, 2002 (our 3rd and BEST spa) , BBB-Bromine

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    Re: How and when to use an automatic sweep?

    I run my Polaris 280 daily mainly to aid in circulation of the water, but it also keeps the pool spotless!
    20K gal IG plaster pool, Manually chlorinated with 6% bleach, 1.5 HP Sta-Rite Dura-Glas II pump, Pentair FNS Plus 48 DE filter, Polaris 280

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    Re: How and when to use an automatic sweep?

    It seems to me, as I put more thought into it, that the most economical way to keep my pool clean would be to not use the sweep at all. If the sweep requires 2 hours a day to operate and it does not move half of the time I have to vacuum the pool anyway. I would be better off just circulating the water on low speed and save $$$ on energy costs.

    Any thoughts?
    19,000 gallon, irregular kidney shaped, plaster pool surrounded by (8) cypress, (1) oleander, (3) palm trees, (2) unknown shrubbery
    Pentair Tagelus 100D sand filter, with fresh #20 silica sand, and WhisperFlow 3/4 hp. full rated pump
    Innovative Pools controls with digital timers and remote light switch
    Hayward pool sweep with new gearbox A-Frame & turbine, and pods


    TFP's resident Pool Fool :)

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