How To Vacuum A Pool? A manual vacuum is a must-have for the regular pool maintenance, and it’s especially necessary when your pool is full of debris or algae.
Now, here’s a step-by-step guide on how to manually vacuum your pool.
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Before you can vacuum your pool, you’ll need a vacuum head, also called a vac head, a telescopic pole to attach to the vac head, a vacuum hose long enough to reach every area of your pool, and you may also need a skim vac or a vacuum plate.
A skim vac plate sits over the skimmer basket, and this makes sure debris is caught by your skimmer basket and it doesn’t make its way to your pool pump.
Before you vacuum, you need to know your filter settings.
If you’re vacuuming a large amount of debris from your pool, you’ll want to adjust your filter.
Multiport valve filters have a setting called waste.
This setting pumps water out of the pool by completely bypassing the filter, and it keeps your filter from clogging up with debris.
However, your pool water level will drop while you vacuum, so use the garden hose to add fresh water to your pool while you’re vacuuming.
A two-position or push-pull valve filter just has a filter setting, meaning all of the water you vacuum will be pulled into and cleaned by your pool’s filter.
The clean water will then be sent back into your pool.
And this setting is perfect for routine cleaning, just be sure to backwash your pool filter after you vacuum the pool.
Okay, let’s start vacuuming.
Step number one is setting up your pool vacuum.
Make sure the pump and filter are running.
Attach the vacuum head to the open end of the telescopic pole.
Attach one end of the hose to the vac head.
Place the vac head, telescopic pole, and hose in the pool, making sure that the vac headrest on the pool floor.
Now, place the other end of the vacuum hose against the return jet in the pool.
This is gonna push water through the hose and drive out all of the air, and you’ll start to see bubbles rising from the vacuum head on the floor of the pool.
Now, once the bubbles stop, all of the air is out of the hose.
Now, if you’re using a skim vac plate, attach the plate to the end of the hose you placed against the return jet.
Lock the opening with your hand and bring it over to your skimmer.
Be sure to create a good seal or suction will be lost.
If you’re not using a vacuum plate, you need to remove the basket inside your skimmer, and then, using your hand, block the end of the water-filled hose, then you can place that hose into the skimmer, making sure it’s firmly inserted into the suction hole at the bottom of the skimmer.
Either way, your goal is to create suction that pulls debris through the vac head, up through the hose, into the skimmer, and then
through your filter system.
Now, if your vacuum loses suction, just follow these steps again.
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Step number two, vacuum your pool.
This can definitely take a bit of time and some elbow grease, but it’s important to go slow and do it right.
Use long, slow, sweeping strokes to clean.
Make sure your strokes overlap slightly to avoid leaving any debris behind.
Go slow, rushing will kick up debris, which will cloud up your water, and it will take hours for it to resettle again.
If the water does become cloudy, give it a couple of hours to resettle and then come back and vacuum again, repeating as necessary.
If the vac head becomes stuck to the bottom of the pool, switch off the pump for a second to break the vacuum force, set it free.
Also, be sure to monitor your pool’s filter pressure gauge as you vacuum.
If the pressure rises 10 pounds over the normal running pressure, take a break and backwash your filter.
And finally, step number three, clean your equipment and test your water.
Now, once you’ve finished vacuuming, remove the vacuum head from the telescopic pole and drain any water still in the vacuum hose.
Attach your cleaning brush to the pole and use it to scrub away any algae, dirt, and debris from the sides of the pool.
Clear any debris in your pump strainer basket and give the filter final backwashing if you used the filter setting on your filter.
If you used the waste setting to vacuum your pool, make sure that you have it switched back to the filter setting and keep adding fresh water until your pool water level is restored.
Now, once you’ve topped off your water, test the pool water right away and adjust your alkalinity, pH, and chlorine as necessary.
And finally, rinse all of your equipment with freshwater, dry it and return it to storage.
This will help keep it in top working condition and avoid unnecessary wear and corrosion.
So whether it’s regular pool maintenance or an algae infestation, manually vacuuming your pool takes the right supplies, a lot of elbow grease, and a little bit of patience.