Vacuuming your swimming pool is one of the best ways to keep your pool clean and free of debris. It takes a little work but the benefits are worth the effort: You’ll spend less time clearing out algae, your pool water will stay nicely balanced, and your chemicals will work more efficiently. And your pool stays clear all year round. All you need are a few essential pieces of equipment and a good vacuuming technique. Before you vacuum your pool, you should make sure that you have everything you need to get the job done:

  • Vacuum head and telescopic pole: If you’ve got a swimming pool, chances are you already have a telescopic pole, plus interchangeable attachments like nets, skimmers, and brushes. Most swimming pool vacuum heads are designed to work with any telescopic pole.
  • Vacuum hose: The vacuum hose connects your vacuum head to your pool pump via the skimmer inlet, which provides debris-sucking power.
  • Vacuum plate: This is also called a “skimmer plate,” the piece of equipment that connects the hose to the skimmer inlet.

How to Vacuum Your Swimming Pool?

If you have a vinyl pool liner, then you need a vacuum equipped with a soft brush to prevent tears and damage. If you have a concrete swimming pool, choose a vacuum head that features wheels for easy movement. Once you have all of your equipment ready, simply follow the steps below to manually vacuum your swimming pool:

  • STEP 1 – Assemble the pool vacuum by attaching the vacuum head to your telescoping pole
  • STEP 2 – Connect the vacuum hose by attaching one end of the hose to the vacuum head and attach the other end to your skimmer using the vacuum plate. Make sure you take the skimmer basket off first. Before you connect the pool vacuum hose to the skimmer, blow the air out of it by holding the hose up against one of your pool’s jets until you no longer see air bubbles.
  • STEP 3 – Choose your filter valve setting. For light vacuuming, leave your multiport valve filter set to “Filter.” For larger amounts of debris, set your filter system to “Waste” which will send the water down the drain instead of through the filter. When using your pool filter’s “Waste” setting, you might notice your pool water level dropping. To keep your pool properly filled, use a garden hose to keep freshwater coming in and to keep your water level even.
  • STEP 4 – Start Vacuuming and move the vacuum-like you are vacuuming a rug. Going too fast will just stir up the dirt without sucking it up. If the pool is especially dirty, you may have to stop and empty the pump strainer a few times in between. Repeat the process as many times as you need to remove all debris.
  • STEP 5 – Disconnect, change filter settings, and cleanup. Once your pool is vacuumed, disconnect your vacuum head and hoses. Make sure to clear out the bottom of the skimmer, too. If you change your filter pump settings, you need to change them back. To ensure that your pool water remains balanced, test your water after each time you vacuum the pool.

In general, it’s a good idea to vacuum your pool once a week. You should also vacuum your swimming pool any time you notice large amounts of debris, dirt, or leaves accumulating on the floor of the pool which is common after severe weather or storms. Algae is common in pools with debris buildup and can be tough to remove. Vacuuming alone can’t remove all of the algae in your pool, it does help with algae prevention.

Final thoughts

By promptly removing debris like leaves and other organic matter, you’re keeping your pool water clean and discouraging algae growth. Some people use robotic pool cleaners which are great for light, day-to-day maintenance, but they’re not designed for heavier cleaning. If debris isn’t removed promptly, it can damage water quality and lead to maintenance issues. A pool vacuum is best for removing heavy debris, and preventing maintenance headaches.

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