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How to Vacuum a Swimming Pool?

If you don’t own an automatic pool cleaner, you may have to manually vacuum your pool. You also may have to do it if your automatic pool cleaner is not working. We have spent over 30 hours compiling the which are the best pool cleaner, click on this link to read article Best Robotic Pool Cleaner - Top Suction, Inground, and Automatic Units and make the best decision for you.

If either is the case for you, vacuuming your pool is not that difficult! Just follow these steps and you will be on your way: 

Vacuum an Inground Pool

Vacuum an Inground Pool

What You Will Need

Firstly, you will need a hose with two ends. One end swivels while the other end does not. The end that does swivel will connect to your vacuum head. You will need a telescopic pole to attach to the vacuum head as well. This will allow for you to reach further places in your pool. We wrote an article if you are curious how automatic cleaners work, check it out and tell us what you think.

The end that extends on your telescopic pole needs to remain untouched. The opposite end will connect to your vacuum head. 

Step 1

Securely connect the telescopic pole to your vacuum head. It is important to confirm that everything is connected correctly, otherwise, you might lose your vacuum head in the water. The fitting on the telescopic pole is typically universal, so you should not have any troubles connecting using this method.

*Hoses typically can be bought up to 50 feet long so you will always have enough pole to cover your entire pool. You should notice that the vacuum head also contains wheels that allow for it to easily move over the floor of your pool.

Step 2

Now, grab your hose and stretch it out completely. Grabbing the end with the swivel, attach the hose to your vacuum head. Make sure it is connected tightly. 

Step 3

Begin to put the vacuum head into the pool slowly but surely. Now, grab the end of the hose that is not in the water in front of the return jet. By doing this, you are clearing the hose of any air bubbles that might be present in the hose. This is an important step because if you do not remove all of the air from the hose, you risk damaging your pool pump. The other end of the hose will raise up to the surface of the water notifying you that the air bubbles are indeed being cleared out. This will take a few seconds. learn how to to fix clear and get rid of cloudy pool water

Step 4

Now, place your hand over the end of the hose and cuff it so that no air enters the hose when you remove the end from the return jet. Now, you can walk over to your skimmer and connect the hose. Head over to your pool pump and make sure to turn it on high. Vacuuming while the pump is on low makes it really difficult to get anything cleaned. Your pool pump should be located near your filter system.

An optional step is to turn all of the pressure and suction to the skimmer line. If you have a filter system that has two lines coming out of it, one for the filter and one for the skimmer, you will notice a knob at the top of the two pipelines. Turning this nob towards the skimmer pipe will have majority of the pressure going to the skimmer allowing for more suction when vacuuming.

*Note: Do not turn the knob all the way towards the skimmer line as this will cause too much suction for your vacuum to handle. 

Inground Pool

Inground Pool

Step 5

Now that everything is connected, you can begin to vacuum your pool. It is different than vacuuming your house, however. You want to move slowly in order to get all of the debris that you can. A good practice is to start at the edges and then work your way to the center of the pool. Do this back and forth until you are satisfied with your results. Here at Poology we to love to bring the best and most up to date information, and if you have more question feel free to email us.

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