4 Easy Steps DIY: How to Vacuum Swimming Pool Manually

For people who have a swimming pool, it’s very important to maintain the pool on a regular basis, especially if it’s outdoors. The imbalance in water chemistry, debris, and algae are some common problems that most you have to deal with.

Cleaning the pool manually with a robot cleaner eases your job, but sometimes, it’s not enough. When it comes to algae, you need to vacuum the pool manually. It may sound tiring, but it’s a really good way to thoroughly clean the pool. You can always call a pro to do this job but doing it yourself can save your budget more!

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Below we’ve prepared an easy tutorial on how to vacuum a pool manually by yourself!

How to Vacuum Swimming Pool Manually

What you will need for this job:

  • Pool vacuum head
  • Telescopic pole
  • Vacuum hose
  • Skim vac or vacuum plate

Get the Tools Ready

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First of all, assemble the tools properly to avoid any obstacles that may happen during the process.

  • Make sure the pump and filter are turned on.
  • Attach the telescopic pole and the hose to the vac head.

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Remove the Air

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Once you’re done assembling the tools, remove the air of the vacuum since it can decrease the suction performance.

  • Put the vac head into the bottom of the pool floor.
  • Push the other open end of the vac hose against the jet.
  • The air bubbles will pop up from the vac head which means that the air is released. Wait until the bubbles stop popping.

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Connect to the Pump

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To run the vacuum system, up attach it to the skimmer inlet which is powered by the circulation pump of the pool.

  • Remove the strainer basket.
  • Block the open end of the hose with your hand to keep the water in.
  • Attach the open end of the hose to the vac plate then place it in the pool skimmer.
  • If you don’t use the vac plate, you can directly attach the hose to the suction hole.

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Vacuuming Process

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Now, it’s time to start the main process but please remember that manual cleaning requires very careful handling. It’s because if you rush it up, you may end up making the water dirtier which means you have to keep vacuuming.

  • Start vacuuming from the shallow end of the pool.
  • Slowly move back and forth toward the deep end of the pool.
  • Turn off the pool pump if the head is stuck and turn it back on again.

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Those are four easy steps that you can do to manually vacuum a swimming pool that you can include in the regular maintenance and to solve the algae problem. This job may sound tiring but it will definitely help you to get a clean, fresh, and healthy swimming pool!

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