Vacuuming the pool is a great way to keep the pool clean and free of dirt and debris. Sure, it’s a bit of work, but the benefits of vacuuming are worth it. You spend less time-fighting algae, the pool water balances, and the chemicals work more efficiently. Your pool will also be cleaner.
How to Clean Pool With A Vacuum
How do I configure my vacuum cleaner?
- Attach the vacuum head to the end of the post.
- Attach the hose to the vacuum cleaner.
- Attach the skim-vac to the other end of the pipe. (Skip this step if you have a Doughboy pool.)
- Stop the pump.
- Push the pole/vacuum/hose into the pool and release all the air from the hose.
- If you have a Doughboy pool, push the skimmer cover back into the skimmer.
- Open the skimmer cover and place the skim-aspire on the skimmer/skimmer basket. Do not place the suction hose directly into the hole in the skimmer – this will damage your pool plumbing over time.
Accessories required for vacuum cleaner:
There are specific tools you need to get the job done faster without the hassle. Here are some of them:
- Swimming pool suction head
- Telescopic boom
- Suction hose
- Scrub brush
- Skimmed vacuum or vacuum plate
How to use a pool vacuum – steps to follow
Connect the vacuum head to the long pole
First, attach the suction head to the open end of the long telescopic pole. An extended telescopic pole gives you the freedom to move the suction head around the pool with little or no restrictions. This allows for the efficient collection of debris from the walls and bottom of the pool. Every standard pool vacuum has a clear section on the top of the head where the pole attaches to it.
Attach one end of the hose to the vacuum head
Then connect one end of the vacuum hose to the top of the vacuum head itself. Finding the exact location to connect the hose with a modern pool vacuum cleaner should be fairly easy. A swivel head is required on the side of the hose that connects to the vacuum head. Hose clamps help keep the hose in place when it is slippery.
Lower the vacuum head, hose, and pole into the pool
Hold one end of the vacuum hose in your hand and immerse the vacuum head in the pool with the telescopic pole and hose. Ensure the vacuum head is under the pool while the other end of the hose is outside the pool’s surface. Position the filter skimmer or intake nozzle (where water is ejected into the pool) on the wall of the pool and insert the other end of the hose in front of the intake to fill it with water.
Prime the vacuum system
After hitting the other end of the hose against the return jet on the pool wall, vacuum, the priming pushes the water through a pipe to expel all the air. Air pockets can reduce the vacuum cleaner’s suction power, so pre-purging all the air from the vacuum system can keep the vacuum cleaner longer and stronger.
Seal the suction
Before creating a good seal or good suction, triple-check if the vacuum inlet is the only open line to the pump, otherwise, the pump will suck up particles and debris, and the hard work may be unnecessary. To create a vacuum seal, connect the vacuum plate to the tip of the pipe located about the return jet. Use your hand to close the opening and bring it towards the skimmer not to lose the suction power.
If the vacuum plate is out of reach, remove the skimmer basket and close the end of the water-filled hose with your hand. Then firmly insert the hose into the skimmer. Make sure the hose is firmly plugged into the suction hose at the base of the skimmer.
Vacuum the pool
Set the filter nozzle to inspiratory mode to allow debris to be sucked in. Then use a long pole attached to the vacuum head to slide the head along the sides, bottom, and stairs of the pool to collect debris. You can see the dirt sucked in.
It is advisable to start at the shallow end and move slowly towards the pool’s deep end. Use a long, slow, slightly overlapping sweep pattern throughout the process to avoid leaving debris. Don’t rush, as you’ll just kick up the debris. Visibility is low and can take hours to settle.
It’s also wise to avoid vacuuming up large leaves and debris until the job to keep vacuuming is almost done. Start by cleaning up any dust and sand you find from the bottom and pick up any remaining debris later. Obviously, you can easily pick up large debris using the net before vacuuming the pool so as not to damage or block the device.
After cleaning the pool, remove the filter hose and remove the suction head from the telescopic lance. Then connect the scrub brush to the post and use it to scrape any algae and debris leftover from the sides of the pool.
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Note: Only use the filter settings if you regularly vacuum light to medium levels of pool deposits. In this normal filter setting, dirty water passes through a pool filter to remove contaminants and the filtered water is returned to the pool through a return line. For severe contamination such as acute blue-green algae, be sure to set the multiport filter valve to “discard” or “discharge”. In this setting, the filter is bypassed and the contaminated water is diverted to an external drain for disposal.