Infloor Cleaners

Yvonne Wall

New member
Mar 6, 2019
We have a new pool with an in-floor cleaner. It does not seem to be cleaning the floor very well. Is there a way I can confirm if it is indeed working properly? There is not any kind of "floor cleaner" button. My understanding is that when the pumps are on to circulate the water, that the infloor cleaning automatically comes on. I had the pumps going for an hour yesterday as I brushed the pool, and the cleaning heads never came up.


TFP Expert
Platinum Supporter
May 23, 2015
Tucson, AZ
Look for the distribution valve -


And see if there’s a pressure gauge on it. Trace the valve back to the equipment pad and make sure there isn’t another control valve shutting it off. If it has a pressure gauge and water is flowing to it, make a note of the pressure on the gauge. Some distribution valves require a certain amount of flow to make them work.

Post some pictures of what you find.


Mod Squad
TFP Expert
LifeTime Supporter
Jul 7, 2014
Bedford, TX

Welcome to TFP... A great place to learn all about how your new pool operates...

In-Floor systems are plumbed in many different ways... If you will post a few pics of your equipment pad from different angles, we should be able to provide you with better answers..

Do you have any type of automation system?

Wish you had joined TFP before having your new pool built...


Jim R.


LifeTime Supporter
TFP Guide
Feb 6, 2015
Chandler AZ
What RPM are you running your pump at? Who is the manufacturer of your infloor system? A few pics of your equipment pad and the water distribution valve - as Jim asked for - will help us to better help you.


Bronze Supporter
Mar 5, 2017
Palm Desert, CA
I’ll chime in since my time as a IFCS owner May soon be coming to an end (sold home, in escrow). Sounds like it’s a new-to-you pool otherwise the builder is derelict in teaching you about the new gadget. If you can send a pic of the valve as Matt shows an example of and your equipment pad. If heads aren’t poppping up and pump is on, could also be water-direction (“Jandy or 3 way valves”) are supplying spa or maybe you have wall supply lines also?