Vacuuming an inground or above ground pool is a standard maintenance procedure that every pool owner should observe if they want to swim in safe waters. Whereas above ground pools require less maintenance, they still need some care so as to keep the water sparkling clean. It is important to budget for a pool cover to help in keeping off debris so that you reduce the number of times you have to vacuum your pool. However, you will still need to vacuum your pool to keep off algae from growing on your pool walls and floor especially when you are looking for fast results. If you have cloudy pool water, this may be a clear sign it needs immediate cleaning and you shouldn’t be swimming in it. It’s also important that you vacuum your pool before you shock your pool to get rid of any large debris. Other contaminants and debris that sink to the bottom of your pool are unwanted may require vacuuming. Since the amount of debris in a pool varies greatly from day to day, its recommend that one vacuums their pools when there is need to instead of sticking to a rigid schedule.
How to vacuum an above ground pool
You will need to first remove bugs and leaves from the pool, with a leaf rake. Clean your skimmer basket if necessary. Ensure there is water running through the filter and then turn on the pump. Connect the vacuum head to the swivel end of the vacuum hose. Connect the extension pole to the head. Place the assembled parts into the pool and then extend the pole until the vacuum head gets to the bottom of your pool. Latch the pole in place and tilt it to the side of the pool where you can easily reach the water return outlet. Fill the hose with water in front of the water return outlet. Ensure you keep one hand on the pole to deter the head from floating onto the surface as you remove air from the hose. Continuously prime your hose until it’s full of water and there are no more bubbles rising from the vacuum head. Maintain the end of the hose submerged as you remove it from the water return outlet and connect the skimmer disk. Slide the skimmer disc inside the skimmer on top of the suction port to start the vacuum. Alternately, there are those vacuums that need plugging the hose end directly inside the suction port. If you need to remove the hose end out of the water to fit it or even the skimmer disk into the suction port, make sure you do so quickly to prevent excess air getting into the hose. Position yourself properly so that you can see the bottom of the pool clearly. Slowly move the vacuum head to and from at the bottom of the pool ensuring you slightly overlap the previous path with every new pass of the head. The head should remain submerged under the water all the time so that it doesn’t lose its prime. Vacuum until your above ground pool bottom is sparkling clean.
How to vacuum an Inground pool
Before you start the vacuuming process, air must be expelled from all the components of the vacuum. This is important in preventing infiltration of air in the pool pump intake causing a pump to lose its prime. After the vacuum head is connected to the telescoping pole, one end of the vacuum hose is connected to the outlet fitting on the head of the vacuum head. The vacuum head is then submerged to the bottom of the deep end of the pool. When the vacuum head rests at the bottom, the part of the length that remains can be pushed under the surface. When the hose gets completely filled, hold the open end under water all the time so that you avoid letting air in the hose. A pool vacuum gets vacuum force from the pool circulation pump. It’s normally located in a recessed pit that’s next to the pool. The suction action of the pump then pulls water via the skimmer inlets and pumps it through the pool filter and back again to the pool via the return lines. When the strainer basket and skimmer lid are taken out of place, the pool vacuum hose is pushed through the skimmer inlet ensuring the open end is submerged always and then plugged into the suction port at the bottom of the skimmer. If the pool has more than one skimmer, the vacuum hose must be plugged into the skimmer that’s nearest the pool pump so as to get the complete vacuum force. If the pool plumbing has dedicated intake valves for particular skimmers, the valves that lead to all the other skimmers must be closed when vacuuming. Vacuum your pool by moving back and forth the vacuum head across the bottom of the pool like you are mowing a yard. Start by vacuuming the deep end of the pool and work towards the shallow end. Ensure you are rolling the vacuum head slowly so that you do not stir up the debris as they may cloud the pool and lower visibility. If the head of your vacuum gets stuck in the pool when maneuvering over walls or stairs, switching off the pool pump for a few moments interrupts the vacuum force and releases it. During the process of vacuuming, bigger debris such as leaves may collect in the pump strainer basket thus cause the vacuum force to become slow. Cleaning the strainer regularly will help in restoring the force of the pump. Still, when if vacuuming with the multiport valve in the filter setting, the filter pressure should carefully be monitored in intervals. If the pressure goes beyond the manufactures’ recommendations, then you should stop vacuuming and backwash the filter to get it to the normal pressure. After you are done with vacuuming, remove the vacuum head from the pole and then empty residual water from the vacuum hose. Connect a cleaning brush to the pole and brush off any dirt or algae remaining at the sides of the pool. Clear out debris in the pump strainer basket and reopen any valves to extra skimmers to enable total circulation. The filter may need final backwashing especially if the multiport valves were set in the “filter” position. If you vacuumed the pool with the multiport valve in the “waste” setting, simply return the valve in the filter setting and add in freshwater to increase the level in the pool. After you have added fresh water, test the chemical levels of your pool and restore the right balance of chemicals.