story begins way back in 1951, when a penniless refugee, Ferdinand
Chauvier, from the then Belgian Congo, brought his family
to South Africa. Ferdi was a qualified hydraulics engineer,
and had previously owned a hydraulic pump factory. Ferdi used
his mechanical skills at a service station in Springs - (Gauteng).
Daniel Chauvier - Ferdi's son, grew up and began selling pool
equipment and chemicals door to door. It soon became obvious
that most pool owners disliked their pools, as a result of
the laborious task of keeping them clean. Danny discussed
the possibility of an automatic pool cleaner with his father,
who soon put some ideas together, making use of his hydraulics
In 1974, the first machines were made
from wood and rubber tubing, which incidentally were
melted together on the kitchen stove! Danny took these
prototypes out to his clients, and most were extremely
reluctant to part with them, once it had been demonstrated
to them in their pool.
It was obviously not very long before
it became apparent that the "Kreepy Krauly" was
a success story. By 1978 a sufficient number of cleaners
had been sold to cover the costs of plastic injection
moulding, and the first Kreepy Krauly's, as we know
them today, were rolled out.
As technology has developed and advancements have been made over the years, the
Kreepy Krauly has been improved on, so that the nuts and bolts of yesteryear
have been replaced with clip-on, single piece moulded plastic parts. In fact,
the patented design, with a few improvements, is so solid, that it has essentially
remained the same for over 27 years!
Kreepy Krauly has become a household name in South Africa, and has been
proud to be associated with the sponsorship of swimming, yachting, motorcar
racing, motorbike racing and paraplegic athletes over the years.
A national network of over 90 warranty stations, and most retailers stock the
Kreepy Krauly range of products. Kreepy Krauly has exported to Canada, the
United States, Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Australia and the Indian Ocean
over the years.
a detail of
the plastic clip
Over 1.5 million cleaners have been sold internationally!
Sadly, Ferdi Chauvier passed away in 1985, leaving
Daniel the legacy that is Kreepy Krauly. In 1999, Daniel
who resides in the United States, accepted an offer
from an international company called Pentair Pools Products
Incorporated (Pacfab at the time of the acquisition)
to purchase Kreepy Krauly. This acquisition has meant
that Kreepy Krauly have broadened their range of pool
cleaners, to include pool pumps, pool filters, lights
and pool tools.
Here's to another 27 fantastically Kreepy years!