Before vacuuming routine/tips


Active member
Aug 16, 2018
Avon, Indiana
New Pool and Robot Owner Here! :) I am anxiously waiting for my new Active 20 to get here!!!! I was just wondering if you guys have routines prior to dropping the robot in the pool?
I figured I would shut the pool pump off about an hour prior to putting the robot in so everything would settle to the bottom. Is there anything else that you would recommend or have any tips?


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Jun 13, 2017
Rochester, MN
Hello, jarcher89.

I simply plop the robot in and let it do its thing whenever I see enough stuff on the bottom of the pool to warrant running the robot. I run my pump via a timer and it may or may not be running when I put in the robot. I don't worry about letting things settle. I figure if it doesn't get picked up today, it will tomorrow or the next day.
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Mr Bruce

TFP Guide
Mar 24, 2014
Greenville, SC
Here's mine:
- Hose off the entire deck from the "other side". As in, stand on the coping and point the water to the opposite side aiming for the opposite coping. Goal is to hose away everything from the edge so that it doesn't get knocked in while I'm doing "stuff". Put the hose up.
- Pull out power supply for robot. I put it on an elevated surface (actually the Rubbermaid container I store it in) in case there is (or will be) any standing surface water. Then plug the robot into the power supply, drop it in the pool and then hand feed the power cable into the water. This is so I know the cable won't get hung up on anything trying to feed into the pool. Also, there are these "connectors" on the robot end that don't clear the coping on their own, so I "help"
- Press button and watch robot ignore the one spot I want it to get for 3 hours.