How to Vacuum Your Inground Pool

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Lucky you! With a beautiful pool you can be the envy of your neighbourhood, with family and friends flocking to your home for summer barbeques and late afternoon swims. However, if your pool isn’t looking it’s best, then it can quickly turn from a desirable asset, to a blight on your property. Cleaning is never fun, but with the proper preparation and tools, you’ll be able to vacuum your inground pool and have it looking lovely again in no time.

1.Equipment

The first step to pristine water is the right hardware. You’ll need a vacuum head that attaches to the end of a telescope pole. These are usually a universal fitting, and you’ll want to ensure the pole can extend long enough to reach into every part of your pool. The pole often comes with a skimmer net, brush and hook, so that you’ll be able to do multiple tasks with the one piece of equipment. Vacuum hoses come in lengths from 7 to 15 meters, so you can choose the right length for your task. The vacuum head for a standard concrete inground pool rides on a set plastic wheels, so that the head is slightly elevated above the floor.

2.Preparation

Now that you have your equipment, you need to remove all the air from the components. This will prevent air pockets from forming in the pool pump intake line. After attaching all the pieces together, you can submerge the head into the deepest end of your pool. Once it’s resting on the bottom, submerge the rest of the hose so that the whole tube may fill with water. Once the hose is completely filled, make sure you keep the open end underwater at all times to ensure that no air enters the hose while you’re vacuuming your inground pool.

3.Connecting the Vacuum

Before you begin you’ll need to connect the vacuum to the pool circulation pump.You’ll need to remove the skimmer lid and strainer basket from the pump, then you can thread the hose through the inlet (keeping the hose submerged at all times), and then plug it into the port at the bottom of the skimmer well. If your pool has more than one skimmer, plug your hose into the one nearest the pump, so that you can use the most amount of force. Smaller pools generally only have two settings for vacuuming: push and pull. Larger filters may offer six or seven settings, and it is at your discretion which you choose. For example, for a light clean, use the ‘filter’ setting, and if you’re cleaning the pool for the first time that season, then use the ‘waste’ setting. If you choose this setting, you’ll need to add fresh water to the pool as you go, as it won’t return filtered clean water and air may enter the skimmer inlet and pump.

4.Technique

Vacuuming your inground pool is quite similar to vacuuming your home. You’ll need to role the head across the floor in a backward and forward motion – beginning and the deep end and finishing at the shallow end. Go slowly to avoid stirring up debris that could reduce your visibility. If your filter loses its force because of leaf and dirt build up, then debris in the strainer basket should be emptied so you can finish cleaning. Once you’ve finished, you can remove the head from the telescope pole and brush any remaining algae off the sides of the pool. Empty the strainer basket and ensure everything is as it was before you begun. Depending on the state of the pool, you should consider testing the chemical levels. Vacuuming your inground pool is quite similar to vacuuming your home. You’ll need to role the head across the floor in a backward and forward motion – beginning and the deep end and finishing at the shallow end. Go slowly to avoid stirring up debris that could reduce your visibility. If your filter loses its force because of leaf and dirt build up, then debris in the strainer basket should be emptied so you can finish cleaning. Once you’ve finished, you can remove the head from the telescope pole and brush any remaining algae off the sides of the pool. Empty the strainer basket and ensure everything is as it was before you begun. Depending on the state of the pool, you should consider testing the chemical levels.

Once you’ve finished vacuuming your inground pool, you can rinse your equipment with fresh water, dry it, and return it to storage. Then sit back, relax, and enjoy your beautiful clean pool again with the whole family.

Eco Pools & Spas is a concrete pool builder based in Melbourne, Victoria with more than 25 years experience. Our team custom designs, constructs and landscapes premium pools and spas to meet the needs of their clients and the limitations of their properties. We can also renovate existing pools that are in need of some maintenance, as well as supply you with everything needed to keep it in tiptop condition (from filters to covers).

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