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How to Vacuum Above Ground Pool

Taking care of an above ground pool is similar to caring for an in-ground pool. You’ll need to clean the filter, test the water for bacteria from time to time, check the chemical levels, and vacuum the pool’s floor and any tight crevices. Once you learn how to vacuum above ground pool, the job should only take approximately thirty to sixty minutes, depending on the size of the pool. However, there are some tips and tricks you can try that can help to cut this amount of time in half.

How to vacuum above ground pool: For this job, you’ll need a manual pool vacuum, a skimmer, and plenty of patience. Vacuuming the bottom of a pool is the same as vacuuming a rug. Once you’ve assembled the pool vacuum correctly you’ll focus on making an overlapping pattern on the pool’s floor in order to ensure you clean every inch of the bottom. Pay special attention to the middle of the pool where algae tends to settle. This task should be done just once a week to prevent an algae bloom and to keep your pool water clean and looking great.

Keep on reading to learn how to use a manual pool vacuum, how to assemble it for optimal suction, and what other vacuuming options are available for above ground pools.

Manual Vacuum Systems

An above ground pool manual vacuuming system will consist of a ribbed plastic hose, a base, a head with rollers and brushes, and a long fiberglass pole. While this is definitely a time-consuming task, it’s definitely easier than cleaning out an in-ground pool. For many, this is a task that usually gets put off time and time again. But if you’re only focusing on cleaning the waterline and the sides of the pool, you’ll quickly notice a dip in your water quality and a boom in bacteria and algae. Remember, the debris from the surface of the pool and any scum that grows on the sides of the pool will eventually sink and end up at the bottom. This can trigger a major algae bloom, which can quickly take over your pool, turning the water green and leaving it feeling slimy.

Before You Get Started

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Before you whip out the vacuum, take a pool skimmer and carefully remove any large debris from the water’s surface. This can include dead bugs, grass, leaves, and more. Continue to remove the debris until the water’s surface is completely clean. You can speed this process up by running the pool’s pump, just be sure to check the filter and remove any large debris in order to prevent a clog.

How to Use a Pool Vacuum

Once you’re ready to vacuum, attach the vacuum head and swivel end of the vacuum hose. Next, you’ll attach the extension pole and the head. Lower the head into the pool and extend the vacuum’s pole until it touches the bottom of the pool. The pole should then be locked into position. Allow the pole to rest against the side of the pool next to the water return.

Hold onto the pole with one hand in order to prevent the head from coming to the surface once the air begins to expel from the hose. The hose should be primed until air bubbles cease rising from the head and the hose is full of water.

The hose should remain submerged as you move it away from the water return. Next, attach the skimmer and place the skimmer disc inside the skimmer, directly onto the suction port. This will initiate the vacuum. Some models of pool vacuums may require you to plug the hose directly into the suction port. If you have to grab the hose end out of the water to do so, make sure you do it quickly in order to prevent too much air from getting back inside the hose.

Time to Vacuum

Stand where you’re able to clearly see the bottom of the pool, moving the pole of the vacuum back and forth over the pool’s bottom. Vacuuming the bottom of a pool is basically the same as vacuuming a rug. You’ll want to slightly overlap the previous path with every new pass. Make sure the head remains under the water at all times to avoid losing the prime. Vacuum until the bottom of the pool is free of sludge and debris.

Related Questions

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Is There an Easier Way to Vacuum a Pool?

Yes. If you’re tired of devoting time every week to vacuuming out your pool then we recommend investing in the best above ground pool robotic cleaner. Models like the Dolphin Escape Robotic Above Ground Pool Cleaner feature automated cleaning sessions that include scrubbing the sides and waterline of the pool and scrubbing and vacuuming out the bottom of the pool. These bots are so smart that they can actually scan your pool to determine the shape, size, and depth, so you can be sure every cleaning session will work to remove any built-up grime and sludge.

Do I Have to Drain a Pool to Clean it?

If you have a tough robotic pool cleaner then you should change out the water at least twice a month. If you don’t have a pool cleaner and instead clean the pool out yourself, then you should empty out the water and give it a good scrubbing once a week. Doing so will prevent an algae bloom and will keep bacteria levels in check. To learn more, click here to read our article on how to clean above ground pool.

Final Thoughts

Now that you know how to vacuum above ground pool you can easily tackle this tedious task once a week using a good manual pool vacuum and a little elbow grease. If you keep up on vacuuming out the pool weekly, you’ll find that you can get this job done in a fraction of the time. Not only will doing so keep your pool cleaner it will also prevent bacteria growth and algae blooms.