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How To Manually Vacuum A Pool 

Sometimes, we got to go manual with vacuuming the pool. Machines no longer work when you’re faced with an algae problem or that time when you really want to do it yourself. Your pool shall always get dirty and when it does, it’s time to switch to manual and get to work. However, how do you get to work for effective manual clean up? Here is our guide on how to manually vacuum a pool.

How To Manually Vacuum A Pool – Tools You Need To Get Started

A pool vacuum head

Pool vacuum heads are universal. You can go for whichever you choose and fix it to your pole. A weighted one shall however work better since it’s more stationary and shall not float around on your pool water. If your pool surface has a vinyl liner, you shall have to go for a vacuum head meant for vinyl to avoid spoiling it.

A telescoping pole

Ensure you have a pole long enough to reach the bottom-most part of your poll from the shallow end to the deep end. These poles are universal and can get attached to your vacuum head, skimmers, hooks, and such.

A skim vacuum

A skim vacuum shall help you shift from the regular pump strainer to your skimmer basket. Therefore, you shall have avoided the hustle of turning your pool pump on and off during the process.

A vacuum hose

Vacuum hoses are universal, you should have a hose long enough to reach all areas you’re planning to vacuum in your pool.

How To Manually Vacuum A Pool – The Process 

Start by priming your vacuum 

Your vacuum needs to be in a good state for effective vacuuming. To create a full function in your vacuum prime it to through purging any air pockets within your vacuum. It’s easy, just fix your vacuum head to the pole and lower it into the bottom of your pool water. 

Now put the opposite end of your hose to face the jet then let it clear up any air within your vacuum. When all the air is gone, there shall be no more bubbles coming out of the hose.

Attach it to your pump

The pool circulation pump is what we depend on to provide the function power. To attach it, fix the open part of your hose to the skimmer inlet. Now fix the open vacuum hose to the function port that is located at the bottom part of your skimmer.

It’s time to vacuum your pool  

To vacuum your pool, move the vacuum head back and forth your pool walls and bottom. Do this carefully to avoid leaving out other areas of your pool. In case your vacuum loses suction, you shall need to purge again then continue. We advise that you begin from the shallow end as you advance to the deep end.

Sometimes, you shall notice lines of un-vacuumed areas after vacuuming. To avoid this problem, endure that you overlap your passes to clear out such lines. 

While cleaning, do not do it roughly and fast, go slow to avoid raising the dirt at the bottom of the pool. If you disturb this dirt, it shall float around your pool and settle again later. Ensure all the dirt is vacuumed up from your pool.

In case you get the dirt at the bottom disturbed and your pool becomes cloudy, it is advisable that you stop, let the water settle and do it again. 

Sometimes, your vacuum head might get stuck to the pool surface that you’re cleaning. In case of such a problem, turn off your pump for a little while to let it free from the vacuum force.

What If You Got A Sand Pool Filter?   

Different from other filters, a sand pool filter has different options to set to. You have the waste, filter, circulate, rinse waste, and closed settings. You therefore shall have to switch it to the right setting. For vacuuming purposes, choose the filter system. It shall ensure that water passing through the filter is cleaned from small debris and invisible algae. 

However, the waste setting shall work best for a  dirty pool with more algae.  After using it, a sand filter needs to be back washed, confirm that you go through your manufacturer’s instructions to make sure you maintain your filter in the right manner.

Remember, sand filters do not work when it comes to too many algae and dirt. You shall have to use the other methods since they clean up algae better.

Your pool pump’s strainer basket shall be having some debris by the time you are done. Clear the strainer basket. In case of a cartridge filter, remove the carriage and clean it by running a water jet through it.

Automatic Cleaning Vs Manual Cleaning   

You might be interested in manually vacuuming your pool for the first time. However, with time, you shall realize how time-consuming this might be. An automatic cleaner on the other hand shall do most of the work for you while you handle the simple tasks.

Manual cleaning however comes with the advantage of being cheap. Therefore, when you’re running on a low budget and feeling energetic enough, it’s time to go manual. Automatic cleaning might also fail to teach some points in your pool, manual cleaning on the other hand lets you reach every part you need to. When you have a tight schedule, manual vacuuming of your pool shall eat up your precious time, just go automatic.

How To Manually Vacuum A Pool – Conclusion   

As a pool owner, it is good that you get acquainted with manual pool vacuuming. This is because some circumstances shall just force you into it, consider an algae problem for example. This, however, does not mean that you have to do it yourself, you can hire a professional cleaner to get your pool vacuumed manually. 

When vacuuming up your pool, do it slow and in a systematic manner. You shall have noticed that manual vacuuming of your pool takes time and is labor-intensive. 

Therefore, if it’s not that necessary, you can opt for automatic cleaning.