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How to Vacuum a Pool

By Jayden Maverick Apr 28, 2023

It is recommended to vacuum your pool on a weekly basis to prevent the buildup of debris. Vacuuming your pool not only stops the growth of algae but also improves the effectiveness of your pool chemicals. If you reside in a region where your pool can be used all year long, it is essential to be extra cautious during the autumn season, as falling leaves can cause debris to accumulate in your pool.

Tools needed

How to vacuum a pool

Step 1: Put the pool vacuum together

Make sure your pool’s pump and filter are operating properly before assembling the pool vacuum. Once you are certain of this, join the hose’s one end to the vacuum head and secure it to the telescoping pole.

Placing the suction head to the bottom of the pool, place the pole, vacuum head, and hose in the pool. Place the other end of the vacuum hose against a return jet to pump water through it, then wait for all bubbles to cease surfacing at the suction head in order to remove any air from the hose.

Make sure that the only line connected to the pump is the vacuum intake.

2. Set up the Vacuum Plate or Skimmer

After plunging the hose into the water, remove it and cover its opening with your hand to remove any remaining air from the hose. Then, connect the hose to the skimmer, creating a seal. Remove the skimmer basket before starting the vacuuming process.

3. Select the Filter Valve Setting

Depending on the amount of debris in the pool, you should choose between filtering or wasting your filter. If the pool has a lot of debris, use the waste setting to send the water directly to the drain instead of through the filter. However, be aware that using the waste setting will cause the water level to decrease, so keep a garden hose with a steady stream running in the pool to replace any lost water.

4. Pool Vacuum

It takes time and good expertise to vacuum a pool. Start at the shallow end and swim slowly and sweepingly. When moving too quickly, material can be stirred up rather than collected.

Stop the process and empty the pump strainer if debris accumulates. Wait for the turbid water to settle before vacuuming once again. If the vacuum head gets stuck, stopping the pump will let the suction out.

5. Remove the hose and clean up

Clean up after removing the hose. Remove the vacuum head and hose from the pool once you have completed cleaning and are satisfied with how clean it is. If you want to clean the pool walls and bottom, reset your filter settings to their default positions and utilize the telescopic pole and brush attachment. Think about backwashing the filter while you clean.

After cleaning, test your water to see whether the alkalinity, pH, and chlorine levels need to be adjusted.

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In order to keep your pool clean and free of debris that collects on the pool bottom, vacuuming your pool is an essential part of pool maintenance. Pool vacuuming is an important aspect of pool upkeep even if it is simple to ignore.

Pool vacuums can be bought separately and connected to your pool for simple cleaning. Built-in vacuums, on the other hand, can be a terrific enhancement for your pool and make maintenance a lot simpler.

By Jayden Maverick

Jayden is a lead reviewer and photographer at Premium Automotive. He has a degree in automotive journalism from Auburn University and over 10 years of experience as a freelance automotive writer and photographer. Jayden especially enjoys reviewing muscle cars, exotic supercars, and high-end luxury SUVs. His dynamic photography captures the beauty, power, and performance of automobiles. In his free time, Jayden races stock cars at various tracks across the country.

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