What is a Pool Pop Up & How In Floor Pool Cleaning Systems Work


In Floor Pool Cleaning Systems

There are many different versions of in floor pool cleaning systems out there however, the principal operation for each manufacturer is roughly the same. As with any pool, the water is circulated through a system of suction lines, run through a filter, and returned back into the pool through various pool jets and water features. This is where the in floor system comes in. Once the water has been filtered, it is driven through an actuator which disperses the water at high pressure to a designated "zone" of three to five cleaning heads. These heads "pop up" from the pool floor and spray dirt & debris towards the main suction drain. 


How does it work?

Each pool system has a set number of "zones" that the water cycles through. As the water passes through the actuator, it turns a series of gears that allows the high pressure water to escape through one zone at a time. The more common valves use 5 or 6 zones however, there are systems that use 2, 3, 4, 8, 9, or 12 zones as well. Once a zone of heads is activated, the heads stay popped up for approximately thirty seconds up to a full minute (depending on the system and pump speed). Once they retract into the pool floor, the heads rotate slightly to make sure they face a new direction the next time they are activated. 

In Floor Pool Cleaning Systems Troubleshooting

Be sure to check out the video below that provides a walk through of in floor pool cleaning systems troubleshooting:

In Floor Pool System Benefits

A&A Manufacturing

  • See through lid for quick diagnosis
  • Replacement parts are reasonably priced & easy to install
  • Industry Leaders in Infloor Cleaning

Blue Square

  • Durable Space Age Glass Reinforced Housing
  • Made with a "No Deadhead" design that never prevents water from escaping
  • "Final Sweep" Cleaning Heads for more efficient cleaning


  • Most popular system in the industry
  • Many repairs are D.I.Y.
  • Only valve with a screen to prevent debris from reentering the pool


  • Eight different pop up color options
  • Fully sealed gear module
  • 99% cleaning guarantee

As you can see from the picture & video above, the in-floor cleaning system is the most effective way to keep your pool clean and circulating efficiently. You'll save money on chemical and heating costs, and you'll also save time by not having to hand vacuum your pool as often. Please feel free to reach out to us directly with any questions you might have about your In-floor Pool Cleaning System. We're happy to help! 



  • john probeck

    I need a new motor for my pop up drive.

  • Frank DeAngelo


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