How to Manually Vacuum A Swimming Pool – A Step-By-Step Guide

Vacuuming your swimming pool is one of the most tedious tasks you must perform as a pool owner. If you are using a manual vacuum it is a lot of hard work and also is incredibly annoying to do. Luckily for you, Pool Calculator has you covered on how to do it yourself! Today we are going to be running through a simple process of how to vacuum a swimming pool manually. We will be detailing what you need for the job and giving you step-by-step instructions on how to do the job in the easiest, yet most efficient way.

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Vacuuming your pool is made easy with this step-by-step guide!

What You’ll Need to Manually Vacuum Your Pool

  • Vacuum Pool Head– This is what will do the heavy lifting for your vacuum. The device is made to collect dirt and debris from your pool.
  • Vacuum Hose– These are usually universally compatible to all vacuum heads. You just need to make sure to purchase one long enough to reach your entire pool surface.
  • Vacuum plate (or skim vac)– This device is used so you won’t need to turn your pump off when vacuuming. Useful so you may use your skimmer basket for storage instead of the basket in your pool pump.
  • Multi-Purpose Telescoping pole– You likely will already have this pole for your pool skimmer. Make sure its long enough to reach the bottom of your pool.

When it comes to vacuuming your pool manually there are three simple steps to a successful cleaning. We will be walking through each of the following; priming your vacuum, connecting to your pump, and finally, vacuuming your pool.

1 – Priming Your Vacuum Cleaner

The most important thing to do when preparing your vacuum for its job is to get rid of the air in the vacuum cleaner. This is key because if there is leftover air left inside the vacuum will lose suction. This lost suction will result in a less effective clean and more time spent cleaning than necessary. Also, priming the vacuum will allow the system to work for longer and prevent any further problems down the road.

Priming your vacuum cleaner is a simple process. You simply attach the vacuum head to your telescoping pole and lower the cleaner to the bottom of the pool. Then, you push the end of the hose of the vacuum against a jet and allow all of the air to be pushed out. You will know this is working from air bubbles rising to the surface above the vacuum.

Once the air bubbles have all been released from your vacuum and it is properly primed, it’s time to hook your vacuum up for actual use.

2 – Connecting Your Vacuum to the Pool Pump

The way a pool vacuum works is through your pool pump. The suction of your pool pump powers the vacuum and allows you to suck up the debris you’re targeting. This is a simple, and straight-forward process.

All you need to do is connect the open end of your vacuum hose to the inlet of the pool pump. However, before you do this you will want to remove the strainer basket from your pump. This will allow the suction to suck up the dirt from your pool.

Once this is done you will simply need to plug the open hose of your vacuum into the port at the bottom of the skimmer. This will connect you to the pump. Now you are actually ready to vacuum your swimming pool.

3 – Vacuuming Your Swimming Pool

Now that all the preparation is out of the way, you can simply vacuum your pool. There is no special trick here. Simply run your vacuum along the bottom surface of your pool until it is up to your level of cleanliness. If you made sure your vacuum hose is long enough you should have no problems reaching the full length of your pool.

The only problem we see occurring in this step is if by chance you lose suction. With a lost suction we recommend checking the connection of your vacuum to the pump. If you cannot find the issue, simply retrace your steps and try again to recapture that suction you once had.

As you can see, vacuuming your pool manually is a relatively straight-forward pool chore. This process may lead to some hard work for you, but it will also save you a lot of money as opposed to hiring a “pool specialist” to come out and clean for you.

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