Thursday, January 30, 2020

Aquabot is Now Two Seperate Companies -Aqua Products and Aquatron


With the recent merger of Fluidra and Zodiac Pool Systems there was some fall out with the Aquabot brand of cleaners which was owned by Fluidra. To prevent a monopoly which would surely have existed with the merger, Aquabot had to divest interest in the Aquatron part of the company. Basically, there were two companies owned by Fluidra that made the Aqaubot Robotic Cleaner, Aqua Products, and Aquatron.

Although Aqua Products made the bulk of the 400 plus cleaners released under the Aquabot name, Aquatron made about 150 of the Aquabot Cleaners. To prevent a monopoly Aqua Products was granted the right to sell their models in the Us market only with Aquatron having the rights to sell Aquabot cleaners worldwide, including in the US. This will probably lead to a lot of confusion as to which models are made by whom going forward.

For example, Aqua Products makes the Aquabot Breeze SE and Breeze XLS while Aquatron makes the Breeze 4WD and the Breeze IQ. The other models are more even split with Aqua Products making all of the familiar Turbo T cleaners and Classic cleaners. Aquatron has the new Rapids line up of Aqaubot cleaners but the real issue is having two separate companies selling cleaners under the same overarching model name, that being Aquabot. Since both companies were previously owned by Fluidra and they were making the Aquabot cleaners together, the quality you are getting from both companies will remain the same. It is just now, both companies are competitors with each other.

Below is the question and answer sheet directly from Fluidra to help you clear up any confusion.

Why did Fluidra divest its Aquatron business unit? As part of the merger between Zodiac and Fluidra, Fluidra divested its Aquatron unit in order to secure the European Commission’s approval of the transaction. 
Who is Aquatron? Aquatron is an Israeli-based manufacturer of robotic pool cleaners. 
What is the connection between Aqua Products, Inc., and Aquatron? Aquatron has been responsible for manufacturing a portion of the Aquabot-branded and private label robotic pool cleaners that Aqua Products, Inc., distributes in North America. Aqua Products, Inc., also manufactures Aquabot-branded and private-label robotic pool cleaners. 
Who currently owns the Aquabot brand? Aqua Products, Inc., currently has a license to manufacture and distribute Aquabot- branded products in the United States. As part of the divestiture, however, Aquatron owns the Aquabot brand globally. 
Which company is currently responsible for selling Aquabot-branded cleaners in the United States? Currently, both Aqua Products, Inc. and Aquatron are able to sell Aquabot cleaners in the United States. Please note: Aqua Products, Inc., is your primary distributor for all Aquabot-branded whole goods and parts in the United States
Will my Aqua Products, Inc., sales or service contacts change? No changes are planned. You can continue to reach out to your Aqua Products, Inc., sales and service contacts as you normally would. 
What if Aquatron contacts me? Aquatron has started reaching out to some retailers and service centers in anticipation of the brand transition from Aqua Products, Inc., to Aquatron. Please note, however, that Aqua Products, Inc., is your primary distributor for all Aquabot-branded and private label whole goods and parts in the United States. 
When will the transition between Aqua Products, Inc., and Aquatron begin? Aqua Products, Inc., will continue to sell all Aquabot-branded and private label whole goods and parts. In the meantime, some warranty, service and marketing functions will begin to be transitioned to Aquatron. 
Who do I contact if I have a service or warranty issue? Since some units are manufactured by Aquatron and others by Aqua Products, Inc., your service contact will depend on the model in question, effective October 1, 2019. 
• For all models manufactured by Aqua Products, Inc., you can continue to make service or warranty inquiries as you normally would through the same contacts (Phone: 800-845-4856; Web: aquaproducts.com) and through the same service centers. 
• For all models manufactured by Aquatron, please visit aquabot.com or aquatron.co.il
Where can I find Aquabot product and warranty information online? As of early September, Aquatron began managing the aquabot.com website. However, the North American Aquabot website that you are already familiar with can now be found at aquaproducts.com. Please also note that product registration, the dealer portal and dealer locator will continue to reside on aquaproducts.com as well. 
• For product and warranty information on all cleaners manufactured by Aqua Products, Inc., visit aquaproducts.com. 
• For all cleaners manufactured by Aquatron, visit aquabot.com. 
Will the transition of aquabot.com effect where my customers can register their product? Cleaners produced by Aqua Products, Inc., can continue to be registered at aquaproducts.com. Cleaners manufactured by Aquatron, however, will need to be registered at the new aquabot.com, effective October 1, 2019. 





Shop at Leslie's: Leslie’s Pool Supplies has been do-it-yourselfers and pool trade professionals trusted partner since 1963, providing quality products and services to make pool care easy and solutions and expertise to do it right. http://lesliespool.com/?utm_medium=referral&utm_source=spll&utm_campaign=spll



Monday, January 27, 2020

Dolphin Proteus DX4 Robotic Pool Cleaner Overview


The Dolphin Proteus-DX4 Robotic Pool Cleaner with PowerStream Technology and CleverClean is a top cleaner in the high Mid-Range category. The price point comes in around $900 and you get a solid and reliable cleaner that has enough bells and whistles to satisfy anyone. It is made by a solid company, Maytronics that has very good reviews across all of the cleaners that they manufacture.



Here is what Dolphin says about the Proteus DX4:

“The Dolphin Proteus DX4 is a basic and ultra-lightweight robotic pool cleaner that provides deep cleaning results. It starts by precisely spending the first twenty minutes scanning your pool to create the most efficient route, which helps to ensure that no spots are missed. The Proteus DX4 thoroughly cleans the pool floor, wall, and waterline.

This Dolphin Pool Cleaner also equipped with an integrated filtration system to remove dirt and debris. Simply choose from one of two filtration options: Fine filter for Spring cleaning and large debris or Ultra-fine Filter for small particles as tiny as 50 microns for a daily or weekly cleaning.”

The Proteus DX4 is basically the same cleaner as the DX5i except for the fact that it does not connect to the My Dolphin app since it lacks the Bluetooth connectivity. It also does not have the ability to go into “Quick Clean Mode” which is a 1-hour floors only mode that the DX5i is capable of. So if you don’t need those features saving $100 and going with the DX4 is probably not a bad idea.

Like he DX5i the DX4 has an interesting cleaning pattern thanks to the CleverClean technology. This is a mapping software inside the cleaner that allows it to pick the best cleaning pattern for your pool. It will stop and lift off the ground and turn. Sometimes in smaller degrees, sometimes in larger degrees. It will also move backward and then forward at different intervals. Then every couple of minutes it will climb the wall to the waterline and then the PowerStream Technology pushes it along the waterline. All of this while the front and back scrubbing brushes clean the pool surface. It is a fascinating bit of technology and one that makes the cleaner highly efficient. The cleaning cycle is 2 hours and, at that time, the DX4 thoroughly cleans the entire pool.

The filter basket is very large, taking up the entire center of the cleaner. The fact that it a top loading cleaner is a plus and you have two filter choices. The fine filters and also the Ultra Fine filter inserts. The debris opening on the bottom is very large, one of the largest in its class of robotic cleaners. This cleaner is great not only for dirt but if your pool has large leaf debris the DX4 will pick it up with ease. The low profile of the cleaner allows it to hug the pool surface allowing it to clean the pool quickly without scattering debris and dirt everywhere.

The Power Unit has a programmable weekly schedule and it is very basic and easy to use the feature. You can set the cleaner to come on once per week, 4 times per week or 3 times per week. The cleaner needs to be in the pool at the time and this is a very convenient option making it on par with a suction side cleaner that stays in your pool all week. Dolphin does suggest cleaning the debris basket in between cleanings.

The 18 meters of cord or 60ft makes this cleaner perfect for a large, medium and small pool. It is also safe for all pool surface types. There is also a swivel on the cord to prevent cord tangling as the cleaner is moving around the pool. With the CleverClean technology, I don’t think the swivel is really needed, but it is good to have. I like the thin cord on the Dolphin cleaners and the cord is easy to loop up when you take the cleaner out to store it. A Caddy Cart is optional but really not needed with such a lightweight cleaner in my opinion.

There is so much to like about the DX4 and it features just about everything the more expensive DX5i features making it a top choice in the high Mid-Range category. If you're looking for a premium robotic cleaner I would suggest seriously considering this cleaner. Of course, compare it to the DX5i and consider that cleaner also if you like the two added features of app control and the Quick Clean Mode.

Cleaning Area Floor, Walls, and Waterline
Cleaning Cycle           2 hours
Cord/Hose Length      60 ft
GPH    3735 GPH
Installation Type         Residential
Manufacturer  Dolphin
Pool Cleaner Type      Robotic
Pool Size         Up to 50’
Pool Surface    All Surfaces
Pool Type        In-Ground
Product Type   Pool Cleaner
Warranty         2-Year






Friday, January 24, 2020

Swimming Pool Robotic Pool Cleaner Expert


There are many sites that list the Top 10 Swimming Pool Robotic Cleaners but did hey just read the online reviews and build their list or did they use and test these cleaners? The answer is usually no. I have personally tested and filmed close to 50 different robotic cleaner models and would consider myself an expert in the field.



There are three categories that I think the different cleaners fall into. You have the Low-Range which are the bargain robots that sell for $350-$500. Then you have the Mid-Range which sell for $500-$800 and then the High-Range which is any robot over $900 and up. The features are what set the price point so depending on what you want in a cleaner is what you will be paying for. For example, if you want your cleaner to clean the pool floors, walls, and waterline and have a programmable weekly timer, expect to pay $900 or more for that category of cleaner.

I think the robotic cleaner is the best choice for your pool care needs because it does many things exceptionally well. Since it is a self-contained mini-filter of sorts it will clean your pool effectively and keep everything out of your pool’s filtration system. This allows your pool filter to run cleaner and allows for better overall water quality. It also cleans your pool rapidly. What would take a suction cleaner all day to clean, a robotic cleaner will do that in less than 2 hours. A robotic cleaner is also energy efficient. If you have a Variable Speed Pump you can run it at lower speeds all day since there is no real need for a high speed setting to run a suction or pressure-side cleaner. And last, once you are done it is easy to remove the robotic cleaner form your pool which means no hoses in your pool all week long.

Some of the benefits of a Robotic Cleaner is:


They run independently from your pool's filtration system which means your filtration system stays cleaner and it doesn't matter if your equipment is old or not functioning well.

There are no hoses to worry about and once you are done cleaning the pool you can remove the Robotic cleaner and store it.

They are energy efficient especially if you have a VS pump.

The Warranty period is usually 2 years or more in many cases.


They are easy to use and many now come with a programmable weekly cleaning cycle.

The technology keeps improving year to year and they are getting much better in every aspect.

Almost all models now come with a cord swivel so cord tangling is a thing of he past.

There are over 600 models to choose from so picking the right cleaner is a matter of budget and features. 

They clean the pool rapidly and many will clean your entire pool in less than 2 hours.

Choosing the right model can be tough and that is why I have put together a list of my top picks for each category. You can also refer to the videos below to see other models that might interest you.



Robotic Pool Cleaners I Have Filmed and Reviewed
All About Robotic Pool Cleaners - Benefits, Features and Choosing the Right One: https://youtu.be/AFiAc0ULxrU

AQUABOT
Aquabot Robotic Cleaners Overview Video: https://youtu.be/DSQWPtxaZU0
Aquabot Breeze 4WD Robotic Pool Cleaner: https://youtu.be/DveXg6bAjZc
Aquabot Breeze IQ Robotic Pool Cleaner: https://youtu.be/hYpdAslSL7Y
Aqaubot Breeze SE: https://youtu.be/doPllX_VbBo
Aquabot Breeze XLS Robotic Pool Cleaner: https://youtu.be/9f7mN1L4EDo
Aqaubot Elite Robotic Pool Cleaner: https://youtu.be/HGGiSpNPMwk
Aquabot Junior Robotic Pool Cleaner: https://youtu.be/gUcqoHyVT-8
Aquabot MRT 2500 Robotic Pool Cleaner: https://youtu.be/Puc5qfOj6gQ
Aqaubot MRT AG 1000 Above Ground Pool Robotic: https://youtu.be/L8TQ3BJU4_E
Aquabot Pool Rover Junior Robotic Above-Ground: https://youtu.be/TJ9cZcR1ZSI
Aquabot Pool Rover S2-50 Robotic Pool Cleaner: https://youtu.be/OkivnVfUTQo
Aquabot Rapids 1500 Robotic Pool Cleaner: https://youtu.be/liCWTQBzXl0
Aquabot Rapids 2000 Robotic Pool Cleaner: https://youtu.be/jqJ8hNOAIwg
Aquabot RAPIDS 2500 Robotic Pool Cleaner: https://youtu.be/CjRqqBFQ7pE
Aquabot Rapids XLS Robotic Pool Cleaner Review: https://youtu.be/e7gFvi0MhAc
Aqaubot Rapids 4WD Robotic Pool Cleaner: https://youtu.be/1fGoYlH9JLU
Aqaubot Spirit Above Ground Robotic: https://youtu.be/eVTx7bDse3o
Aquabot Supreme Robotic Pool Cleaner: https://youtu.be/ZoBVwzEhSPg
Aquabot Turbo T Plus Robotic Pool Cleaner: https://youtu.be/E9qV6EJXLUk
Aquabot Turbo T4RC Plus Robotic Pool Cleaner: https://youtu.be/xRAqfAemwXk
Aquabot Turbo Plus Robotic Pool cleaner: https://youtu.be/sAfj2MzzBLw
Aquabot Turbo T2 Plus Robotic Pool Cleaner: https://youtu.be/4tFQNlsj5eo
Aquabot Turbo T-Jet Robotic Pool Cleaner: https://youtu.be/otVeaCF1gsY
Aquabot Turbo Classic Robotic Pool Cleaner: https://youtu.be/3v2EzfRbYFw
Aquabot Turbo T2 Robotic Pool Cleaner: https://youtu.be/u6H1v3XV-ag
Aquabot Turbo T4RC Robotic Pool Cleaner: https://youtu.be/7YtZNPQw7Oo
Aquabot Viva Premium Robotic Pool Cleaner: https://youtu.be/JI1y9dxG4TU
Aquabot Xtreme Robotic Cleaner: https://youtu.be/s-bR3jaYua8
Aquabot X4 Robotic Pool Cleaner: https://youtu.be/PzeG5wOuqrc

DOLPHIN
Dolphin Proteus Series Robotic Cleaners Overview: https://youtu.be/XJqag542QVM
Dolphin Proteus DX3 Robotic Pool Cleaner: https://youtu.be/MO40fern_WM
Dolphin Proteus DX4 Robotic Pool Cleaner: https://youtu.be/8E9d5HPm3rk
Dolphin Proteus DX5i Robotic Pool Cleaner: https://youtu.be/I1Yreg7HmD4
Dolphin S300i Robotic Pool Cleaner: https://youtu.be/aMkU5K3tAP0

HAYWARD
Hayward AquaVac 500 Robotic Cleaner: https://youtu.be/jdMuIMfU5oY
Hayward TigerShark® Robotic Pool Cleaner: https://youtu.be/e9fkZ3izFv4
Hayward SharkVac Robotic Pool Cleaner: https://youtu.be/QK8GQHjMImc
Hayward Robotic Pool Cleaners: https://youtu.be/mG1CJ-KO7JA

POLARIS:
Polaris 7240 Robotic Pool Cleaner: https://youtu.be/VCf4xFmv5JY
Polaris 8050 Robotic Pool Cleaner Review: https://youtu.be/L5Wn7v2N3a0
Polaris 9450 Sport Robotic Pool Cleaner: https://youtu.be/-omfZaoCx-E
Polaris 9550/955 Robotic Pool Cleaner: http://youtu.be/DpTvayZtXf4
Polaris 9550/955 Sport in ACTION!: http://youtu.be/WjYDBA_08tc
Polaris 9650iQ Sport Robotic Pool Cleaner - WiFi Access iAquaLink Control:

Robotic Pool Cleaner, Benefits: https://youtu.be/Zssql7VDJNQ
Robotic Pool Cleaner Maximize your Energy Savings: https://youtu.be/h89CpLnTAqg

WATER TECH
Water Tech Blue Diamond Robotic Pool Cleaner: https://youtu.be/Yl4C5hXqnVA
Water Tech CX-1 Robotic Pool Cleaner: https://youtu.be/BFgeNlVKFJw









Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Dolphin Proteus DX5i Review & Features


The Dolphin Proteus-DX5i Robotic Pool Cleaner with PowerStream Technology is a top cleaner in the high-end category. The price point comes in around $1,000 and you get a solid and reliable cleaner that has enough bells and whistles to satisfy. It is made by a great company known as Maytronics that has very good reviews across all of the cleaners that they manufacture.



Here is what Dolphin says about the Proteus DX5i:
 “Keeping its lightweight body design and its deep cleaning abilities, the Dolphin Proteus DX5i is an upgrade from the Proteus DX4. The Dolphin Proteus DX5i now offers two cleaning cycles for added convenience. The one-hour cleaning cycle is ideal for a quick clean, particularly on the floor and cove. The two-hour cleaning cycle is perfect for a full cleaning coverage on floors walls and waterline.

Along with the same precise navigation and advanced 20-minute mapping of your pool, you can now control and drive the Proteus DX5i using the My Dolphin App on your smartphone. It also has an energy saver power supply with more functions than before, like touch-screen control and mode selection.”

When I test cleaners, I like to sit in my backyard and watch it working in my pool. The DX5i has an interesting cleaning pattern thanks to the CleverClean technology. This is a mapping software inside the cleaner that allows it to pick the best cleaning pattern for your pool. It will stop and lift off the ground and turn. Sometimes in smaller degrees, sometimes in larger degrees. It will also move backward and then forward at different intervals. Then every couple of minutes it will climb the wall to the waterline and then the PowerStream Technology pushes it along the waterline. All of this while the front and back scrubbing brushes clean the pool surface. It is a fascinating bit of technology and one that makes the cleaner highly efficient. The cleaning cycle is a mere 2 hours and, in that time, the DX5i thoroughly cleans the entire pool.

The filter basket is very large, taking up the entire center of the cleaner. The fact that it a top loading cleaner is a plus and you have two filter choices. The fine filters and also the Ultra Fine filter inserts. The debris opening on the bottom is very large, one of the largest in its class of robotic cleaners. This cleaner is great not only for dirt but if your pool has large leaf debris the DX5i will pick it up with ease. The low profile of the cleaner allows it to hug the pool surface allowing it to clean the pool quickly without scattering debris and dirt everywhere.

The DX5i is a connected cleaner, meaning you can use the My Dolphin App on your device or smartphone to control the cleaner. With the app, you can turn the cleaner on and off and you can also take control of the cleaner and move it around the pool using your device as the remote control. This is a fun feature and the remote is very responsive. If you wanted to just spot clean your pool this will come in very handy.

The Power Unit has a programmable weekly schedule and it is very basic and easy to use the feature. You can set the cleaner to come on once per week, 4 times per week or 3 times per week. The cleaner needs to be in the pool at the time and this is a very convenient option making it on par with a suction side cleaner that stays in your pool all week. Dolphin does suggest cleaning the debris basket in between cleanings.

The 18 meters of cord or 60ft makes this cleaner perfect for a large, medium and small pool. It is also safe for all pool surface types. There is also a swivel on the cord to prevent cord tangling as the cleaner is moving around the pool. With the CleverClean technology, I don’t think the swivel is really needed, but it is good to have. I like the thin cord on the Dolphin cleaners and the cord is easy to loop up when you take the cleaner out to store it. A Caddy Cart is optional but really not needed with such a lightweight cleaner in my opinion.

There is so much to like about the DX5i. If you're looking for a premium robotic cleaner I would suggest seriously considering this cleaner.

Cleaning Area Floor, Walls, and Waterline
Cleaning Cycle           1 or 2 hours
Cord/Hose Length      60 ft
GPH    3735 GPH
Installation Type         Residential
Manufacturer  Dolphin
Pool Cleaner Type      Robotic
Pool Size         Up to 50’
Pool Surface    All Surfaces
Pool Type        In-Ground
Product Type   Pool Cleaner
Warranty         2-Year






Monday, January 20, 2020

Proteus Robotic Pool Cleaner Line Overview


The Dolphin Robotic Pool Cleaners by Maytronics have been some of the top-rated cleaners on the market. The Proteus line of the Dolphin Cleaners are some of the best and they have three models the Proteus DX3, the Proteus DX4, and the Proteus DX5i. Each of these models is in different categories based on their various features. I will highlight the features of all three models for you so that you can decide which one is right for you.




Let me go over the general features that all three cleaners have in common first. One of the great things about the Proteus line of cleaners is that they all weigh less than 14 lbs. This allows for very easy transport and also makes them relatively easy to remove from the pool after the cleaning cycle is over. All three feature an advanced power supply with an easy to use on/off button and a weekly programmable cleaning cycle. You can set the cleaner to clean your pool once per week, 3 times per week or 4 times per week. A great feature to have in a robotic pool cleaner. All three are also top loading cleaners with a very easy to access debris basket.

Dolphin DX5i:
The DX5i is part of Dolphin’s Deluxe Class of Robotic Pool Cleaners. Here are some of the features.

The Dolphin Proteus DX5i now offers two cleaning cycles for added convenience. The one-hour cleaning cycle is ideal for a quick clean, particularly on the floor and cove. The two-hour cleaning cycle is perfect for a full cleaning coverage on floors walls and waterline.

Along with the same precise navigation and advanced 20-minute mapping of your pool, you can now control and drive the Proteus DX5i using the My Dolphin App on your smartphone. It also has an energy saver power supply with more functions than before, like touch-screen control and mode selection."

The Ultra Fine filter inserts are included in the box which to me is a nice touch. I find that these Ultra Fine filters are excellent and prefer them to the standard filters. I also like how fast the cleaner works. In less than 2 hours it will clean an average size pool and leave it spotless. The App is a nice touch but it is limited to turning the cleaner on and off and using it as a remote control for the DX5i. For the price, you are getting a complete cleaner.

Cleaning Area Floor, Walls, and Waterline
Cleaning Cycle           1 or 2 hours
Cord/Hose Length      60 ft
GPH    3735 GPH
Pool Size         Up to 50’
Pool Surface    All Surfaces
Pool Type        In-Ground
Warranty         2-Year

Dolphin DX4:
Here are some features of the DX4cleaner.

“It starts by precisely spending the first twenty minutes scanning your pool to create the most efficient route, which helps to ensure that no spots are missed. The Proteus DX4 thoroughly cleans the pool floor, wall, and waterline.

This Dolphin Pool Cleaner also equipped with an integrated filtration system to remove dirt and debris. Simply choose from one of two filtration options: Fine filter for Spring cleaning and large debris or Ultra-fine Filter for small particles as tiny as 50 microns for a daily or weekly cleaning.

The Ultra Fine filter inserts are included in the box also. The DX4 is the exact cleaner as the DX5i minus the App connectivity and the 1-hour quick clean mode. If you don't need these two features found in the DX5i I would go for the DX4.

Cleaning Area Floor, Walls and Waterline
Cleaning Cycle           2 hours
Cord/Hose Length      60 ft
GPH    3735 GPH
Pool Size         Up to 50’
Pool Surface    All Surfaces
Pool Type        In-Ground
Warranty         2-Year

Dolphin DX3:
The DX3 is a great entry-level cleaner that has some premium features like a scrubbing brush, programmable timer, and floor to wall cleaning ability. Here are some more features of the DX3.

“The Dolphin Proteus DX3 Robotic Pool Cleaner focuses on delivering clean results and easy maintenance. The Proteus DX3 is constructed with a powerful suction that allows it to easily climb up the walls and seamlessly come back down.

It is equipped with an active brush that spins faster then the speed of the unit itself to scrub away dirt, debris, and bacteria. Once the net basket is full, simply empty and rinses clean. The Proteus DX3 also offers a quick water release, which makes removing the cleaner from the pool a breeze.”

The DX3 does not come with the Ultra Fine filter inserts but you can purchase an Ultra Fine Filter separately: Dolphin Ultra Fine Filter Basket 9991460-R1. It is an entry-level robotic cleaner but it has many of the features of a premium robot. The fact that it cleans the pool to the waterline and has a weekly programmable timer sets it apart from the rest in this entry-level category. 

Cleaning Area Floor and Walls
Cleaning Cycle           2 hours
Cord/Hose Length      50 ft
GPH    3735 GPH
Pool Size         Up to 35'
Pool Type        In-Ground
Warranty         1-Year

To order any of these three cleaners: https://www.lesliespool.com/maytronics-robotic-pool-cleaners.htm/ ?utm_medium=referral&utm_source=spll&utm_campaign=spll




Thursday, January 16, 2020

Swimming Pool Plaster Start-Up Issues: Things Not to do


A new plaster pool can pose several issues if the start-up is done incorrectly. You can also ruin the plaster job by going into the pool too soon or not running the pool after it is filled. Here are also several problems that can happen during the filling of the pool also. I will touch on some of the more common ones here.



I have seen several problems caused by the improper filling of a plaster pool. Unlike Pebble Tec, Fiberglass and Vinyl pools, plaster pools pose some significant issues even when you are just filling a newly plastered pool. It is basically like wet cement in the first few days. One thing you should never do is turn off the water before it is above the tile line. If you do, there is a big chance that you will have a ring around the entire pool, right where the water was turned off at. This ring of discolored plaster will be permanent. You also do not want to use the autofill to fill the pool. That line will leave a streak all the way down the side of the plaster at the autofill outlet into the pool. Last, you want to make sure the hose you fill the pool with is wrapped in a towel and left in the deep end of the pool. Any failure of these points will leave some type of discoloration in the plaster.

Brushing the pool is also a critical step in a correct plaster start-up. But you only want to use a soft bristle brush, nylon or poly bristles. These are the brush type of choice. Do not use any pool brush with Stainless Steel or wire bristles or this will leave permanent marks on the pool surface. You also do not want to put any type of vacuum in the pool for the first 3-4 weeks. If you vacuum the pool with your manual vacuum with wheels, chances are you will leave wheel marks in the plaster that may not come off until the pool is drained, and acid washed. Even using a leaf rake on the bottom can cause some marks if you are not careful. The only thing I suggest for the first week is brushing the pool with a nylon brush and doing nothing else.

I have seen some new plaster pools with dog footprints, kid’s hands and feet marks and object marks on the surface and walls. While the plaster is curing you should not enter the pool and you should try your best to keep pets and kids out of the water. I wouldn’t get in the pool for the first 2-3 weeks and if you use the pool the first week prepare to leave some marks on the pool plaster. The best thing you can do is to keep the pool off-limits for the first 2-3 weeks. No pool toys in the pool and no swimming.
With a proper start-up and plenty of brushing, the plaster can feel very smooth but still be rough in many areas. I suggest if you have young children, maybe purchase some swim shoes for the first 6 months. The kids will likely be using the pool for hours on end and over time their feet and hands will get small abrasions to form the new plaster, causing bleeding. This is perfectly normal and almost all new plaster will do this to your feet and hands. After the plaster fully cures this won’t be an issue, but that could take up to 6 months.

Once the start-up is complete and the pool is full of the water you should turn on the pump right away and start circulating the water. The only exception to this is if you are doing and Acid Start-Up, in that case, you need to raise the pH above 7.0 before turning on the pool pump. I suggest running the pool as much as possible the first week, 24/7 if possible. The more you run the pool the better the outcome. If you have a variable speed pump, I suggest running it at the full 3450 RPM for the first week. I have seen pools that were running 24/7 the first week and others set to run 8-10 hours and the results were like night and day. Less mottling and less plaster dust sticking to the surface.

Just keep in mind that it takes a while for a new plaster pool to fully cure. Anything you do to it the first two weeks can cause permanent marks and damage to the surface.