How To Vacuum A Pool?

Tips to vacuum a pool

A backyard pool is always a source of fun and enjoyment during summers. Unfortunately, the pool also requires hours of maintenance unless you hire weekly cleanings. One thing that you should be doing regularly is vacuuming to get rid of algae and debris. However, vacuuming a pool is no piece of cake. In this post, we will explain how to vacuum a pool all by yourself.

While there are different robotic pool cleaners available that can easily do all the work for you, manual vacuums have their own benefits. While it is not very difficult to learn how to use a pool vacuum, the process certainly does take some time. The time you will spend on cleaning varies on the pool size and how often do you clean it. 

Weekly cleanings are always better than waiting for the pool to turn green at the bottom before you vacuum a pool. 

Things You’ll Need

Equipment / Tools

  • Flexible pool hose
  • Telescopic pool pole
  • The flexible pool vacuum head
  • Pool skimmer net


How to Vacuum a Pool

Skim the Surface

The first step to start vacuuming a pool is using a pool skimmer net to capture debris and leaves that you see floating on the surface of the pool. If you do not own long-handled skimmers, you can take the help of a leaf rake to bring flowers to the poolside and scoop them out.

Turn on the Pool Pump and Adjust the Filter Valve

Turn on the pool pump and keep the water flowing through the pool filter. Check whether the filter also needs cleaning at the beginning of your vacuuming session.

If the pool is not very dirty, you can keep the filter valve and if the pool is highly dirty and you see a lot of debris, set the filter to waste. This way, the filter will get rid of all the debris down the drain.

Read More- How To Drain A Pool?

Assemble the Vacuum

Attach the vacuum head to the end of the telescopic pool pole. Use a pole that is long enough to reach the pool center. Attach one end of the hose to the vacuum head. 

Lower the Vacuum 

Lower vacuum head and attached hose so that the head lays flat on the pool floor. With the pump and pool filter running, keep the loose side of the vacuum hose against the jet to keep the water running through the hose and get rid of any air bubbles.

You will see bubbles rising from the vacuum head. When the bubbles stop, move the hose away and make sure the hose stays submerged fully. 

Attach the Hose to the Skimmer Plate

Insert the loose end of the hose into the skimmer plate. Then keep the plate into pool wall skimmers located directly over the suction vent. 

Start in the Shallow End of the Pool

Always start working at the shallow end and then move the vacuum head along the pool floor slowly. To not miss any area, always work in a grid pattern and overlap the edges in each sweep.

You do not want to kick back any debris into the pool, so work slowly. When you notice the water turning cloudy, you will not be able to see what you are doing, hence stop right away. Give a couple of hours break until the water calms down and start to vacuum the pool again. 

Stow the Vacuuming Gear

When the pool is clean properly, disconnect the vacuum hose from the skimmer plate. Check the filter and pump valve and return them back to normal settings. If you use a sand filter, backwash it and when vacuuming is finished. 

Disconnect the vacuum hose from the vacuum head and drain trapped water into the pool. Also, disconnect the pool pole from the vacuum head and store everything properly.

Now that you know how to vacuum a pool, when are you going to clean your pool? If you find this article useful, do not forget to leave a comment down below. 


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