It is imperative to keep your pool free of dust & debris, and pool water clean & hygienic. Many people consider Vacuuming plays an integral role in a proper pool maintenance routine. Sure, it requires a little elbow grease, but the perks of vacuuming are worth it. How? You’ll spend less time dealing with algae, your pool chemicals remain balanced, and these chemicals will work more efficiently. Besides, your pool will look healthier to dive-in!
So, ready to add vacuuming to your above-ground or in-ground pool water maintenance routine? It’s super easy. In this article, we put the essential equipment you require and a good vacuuming technique. So, let’s scroll down:-
Before you vacuum your pool, make sure you have the below equipment to efficiently get the job done.
Vacuum Head and Telescopic Pole
Most swimming pool heads are designed to be compatible with any telescopic pole. If you have a concrete or granite swimming pool, you must go with a vacuum head having wheels for smooth movement.
A vacuum hose connects the pole head to the pump through the swimmer inlet, enabling debris-sucking power.
Also known as the skimmer plate, the vacuum plate connects the hose to the skimmer inlet.
Steps To Get Started
Once you’ve gathered all the necessary equipment, it’s the right time to get started with vacuuming. Follow the below manual steps:-
Step 1: Assembling the Pool Vacuum
It is quick & easy to do. Attach the vacuum head to the telescopic pole. Ideally, it should snap easily.
Step 2: You Have to Connect the Vacuum Hose
One end of the vacuum hose has to be connected to the head and the other to the end of the skimmer with a vacuum plate’s help. Before you connect the hose to the head, make sure you blow air off the vacuum head. The best way to do it is to hold the head against a pool jet and do it until you see no air bubbles.
Step 3: You Need To Choose the Setting of the Filter Valve
Set the Valve setting to “Filter” for light vacuuming. To deal with large debris, your filter valve setting must be set at “Waste,‘ under this setting, the waste is sent down the drain rather than the filter. During the “Waste” setting, if the pool water level starts to drop, use a garden hose to maintain a steady stream of clean water.
Step 4: Starting the Vacuum
Now is the time for some action. Move the vacuum as you do vacuuming on a rug. If the pool water is quite dirty, then clear up the pump strainer now and then. Repeat the process several times to free the pool from any dirty, debris, and other unwanted stuff.
Step 5: Finally Disconnecting the Filter Setting
Once you’ve vacuumed the pool, it’s time to disconnect the hose and head. Remember to clear out the bottom of the skimmer also. You can attach the brush to the telescopic pole for a finishing touch and give the sides of the pool a good scrubbing.
Why Install a Retractable Pool Cover?
If you want to limit vacuuming and all hassles associated with it, it is highly recommended to invest in a retractable pool cover. Apart from the convenience of opening & closing the pool, a retractable cover significantly reduces the maintenance costs and time spent cleaning the debris.
It lowers the exposure of sunlight to the pool water, as too much sunlight fosters algae’s growth. The algae appear unsightly and make surfaces slippery, which could become a cause of health hazard.
If you are looking for something better than just a pool cover, there is no dearth of patio enclosures on the market. They are beautiful, functional and offer great value for money.