How to vacuum a swimming pool DIY: step by step instructions

Ned Kampmann

It is essential to establish a cleaning schedule for your swimming pool. If your swimming pool is not clean, it will of course be unpleasant for those using it, and apart from that, it will also reduce the life span of your pool. Therefore it is essential to establish a proper cleaning mechanism for your swimming pool. There are many tools that can be used to clean your pool. Some of them are listed below.

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• Pool skimmer
• Pumice stone or tile brush
• Pool wall brush
• Vacuum head and hose or automatic pool cleaner
• Telescopic pole

However, it is essential to know how these tools can be used, and to this end, either you should hire a specialist or else you need to improve your knowledge of the pool cleaning process. There are automated systems as well as manual systems that can be used to clean your pool. Before looking at automated systems let’s have a look at manual ones.

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How to vacuum a pool DIY

How to vacuum a pool manually

In order to vacuum your pool manually you need to have a telescopic pole and a vacuum head. First of all you should ensure that your vacuum is suitable for cleaning swimming pools. If you don’t do this, your vacuum may be damaged beyond repair and your pool will remain dirty. If you want to clean your pool manually, you should adhere to the following steps.

Step 1:

Attach the telescopic pole to the hose and to the vacuum head. Make sure that they are all connected properly, as if they are not, you can easily lose the vacuum head.

Step 2:

Gradually lower the vacuum head into the pool. There’s no need to rush.
Step 3:

Continue to feed the hose into the pool until air is eliminated from the hose. If you fail to do so by the time that the hose comes into contact with the bottom of the pool, and you connect the hose to your pump with air still inside it, you are likely to burn out the swimming pool pump.

Step 4:

When you are sure that all the air has been removed from the hose, you have to pass the hose through the door of the skimmer and plug it into the vacuum port. This process should also be done carefully, otherwise you are likely to damage your equipment.

Step 5:

Turn on the vacuum head and let the suction process begin.

Step 6:

You need to be doubly sure that the vacuum inlet is the only line open to the pump. If not particles and elements outside will also be sucked in by the pump.

Step 7:

Remember how you vacuum your carpet? You have to vacuum your pool in the same way. Make sure you start from the shallow end and slowly move towards the deep end. You have to make sure that you use slow, long sweeping strokes for the cleaning process.

If you follow this process carefully, you will successfully clean your pool and your equipment will remain in fully working order. You have to rinse all the equipment using fresh water after each vacuum, so make sure that you rinse them well each time to avoid having to replace your equipment excessively often.

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How to clean your pool using a skimmer

Skimmers are used by many pool owners to make sure that their pool stays clean. This is a very simple but effective method. A skimmer draws water from the pool into the system using a skimming technique. This also removes all the debris and other items, thereby cleaning the pool surface. The skimmer basket catches the debris and the filtered water runs through a pipe located at the bottom of the skimmer.

If you have a concrete inground swimming pool, then the following is the best way to clean your pool. You can use a skimmer to vacuum a pool as well. Attach the vacuum to the skimmer and turn on the pump. This will increase the suction power of the skimmer and clean your pool even faster. However, make sure that large debris is removed from the pool surface in advance. Otherwise it will clog up the pipes and ultimately damage your components. This method is ideal for vacuuming your pool without losing water.


How to vacuum a swimming pool with a hose

If you don’t have a skimmer, don’t worry. You can clean your swimming pool using a hose as well. Connect the hose to a vacuum and lower it into the swimming pool carefully. The suction power of the vacuum will draw debris through the hose. Use long slow strokes over the water surface with the hose to make sure that you get the entire pool surface clean.

How to vacuum a pool manually

How to vacuum a pool with a sand filter

Sand filters are the most commonly used method to filter swimming pools, but you need to be careful when using one. First, you must remove all the large debris, including leaves and any large pieces of wood, plastic and other materials, from the surface of the pool with a net. Then connect your telescopic pole to the hose and connect the hose in turn to your pump. Make sure to clean every part of the pool thoroughly. After cleaning the pool it is essential to backwash the sand filters. If you don’t backwash the sand filters the whole filtering process won’t be effective, and make sure you turn off the pumps before you begin. Always make sure that the pool connection is closed during the process.

How to vacuum a pool with a sand filter

If you are planning to get your inground pool cleaned, you can use the above-mentioned techniques. While using a sand filter will lead to a loss in water, skimmers and manual vacuuming will allow you to clean your pool without losing water. In any event make sure you clean your pool daily to maintain a sanitary and attractive pool.

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