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How to Vacuum a Swimming Pool
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18 Jul 2023  /  by clark   /   0 Comments

Ah, the joys of owning a swimming pool! The sun-soaked afternoons, the refreshing dips, and the poolside parties. But maintaining a sparkling clean pool takes some learning and effort – like vacuuming. So, if you’re looking to learn how to vacuum a swimming pool, you’ve come to the right place!

In this article, we’ll guide you through the simple and satisfying process of vacuuming your swimming pool. So, grab your goggles and let’s dive in!

Gather Your Equipment: The Poolside Arsenal

Before we get started, let’s gather the necessary tools for a successful pool vacuuming session. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Telescopic pole: This adjustable pole will allow you to reach all areas of the pool comfortably.
  • Vacuum head and hose: Attach the vacuum head to the telescopic pole and connect it to the hose.
  • Vacuum plate: Also known as the skimmer plate, this connects the skimmer inlet to the hose.

How to Vacuum a Swimming Pool

Ready to begin? The first thing you’ll need to do is connect and prime your vacuum for action.

Step 1: Attach the vacuum head

Securely attach the vacuum head to the telescopic pole.

Step 2: Connect the hose

Before connecting, you’ll need to first blow the air out of the hose. Simply hold the hose up to one of the jets in your pool until you don’t see any more air bubbles.

Then, attach one end of the hose to the skimmer using the vacuum plate (make sure the skimmer basket is off), and the other end to the vacuum head. This will create the necessary suction to pull in debris.

Step 3: Adjust the filter valve setting

If you have a lot of debris, you should set the filter system to “Waste”, as it sends the water right down the drain instead of through the filter. On the other hand, if it’s a light vacuuming day, then just leave the multiport valve on “Filter”.

Step 4: Start vacuuming

Now that everything is set up, it’s time to dive into the actual vacuuming process. Here are a few tips:

  • Start at one end: Begin vacuuming from one end of the pool, slowly working your way across the entire surface.
  • Move methodically: Use long, overlapping strokes to ensure you cover every inch of the pool’s floor. Imagine it as a graceful underwater dance!
  • Pay attention to corners and stairs: These areas often collect more debris, so give them a little extra attention.
  • Empty the pump strainer as needed: This is usually only an issue if the pool is especially dirty

Step 5: Finishing touches

Congratulations! You’ve successfully vacuumed your pool. Now, let’s finish up.

Once you’ve completed vacuuming, detach the vacuum head and hose from the pole. Rinse them and the bottom of the skimmer with clean water to remove any remaining debris or dirt.

Then, if needed, put your filter pump settings back to normal. Those with a sand or DE filter may also want to use this opportunity to do a quick backwash. So, follow the manufacturer’s instructions to backwash or clean the filter. This will ensure proper water circulation and filtration.

The Bottom Line

With these simple steps, you can transform your pool into a sparkling oasis. The beauty of regular vacuuming is that it not only keeps your pool clean and inviting, but also helps maintain water quality and prolong the life of your pool equipment. 

Now it’s time to embrace the joy of a pristine swimming pool, and let the underwater adventure begin!

Need a hand with pool cleaning? We’d be happy to help! Click here to get in touch with Clark Pools and Spas, and ask about our pool cleaning service today.

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