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Swimming pools offer a convenient way to exercise at home; the water's buoyancy allows you to move your body without any t impacts.

How to vacuum a pool manually

But the pool must be vacuumed periodically to remove debris, such as leaves and twigs. One option for pool owners is manual cleaning with a pool vacuum attached to the filter tank. The suction from the filtration system, such as the pool pump, pulls debris into the pump basket without any need for external vacuum motors or expensive automatic systems. A few key hookup strategies will allow you to vacuum the pool effectively and quickly.

Lift the cover of the skimmer basket that is farthest from the pool pump. Remove the skimmer basket.

Press a No. Leave the cover open. Repeat Step 1 for any other skimmer baskets surrounding the pool. Keep the skimmer basket closest to the pump open and available for the vacuum attachment for the best suction action.

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Locate the pool pump. Turn the suction valve to "Skimmers," if it's equipped. Each pool and pump has a different setting for its filtration system. Consult the pump's manual for specific information about vacuum attachments.

How to hook up an above ground pool vacuum

Press the telescopic pole into the vacuum head's exposed opening. You should hear a clicking sound when they lock together.

Lower the vacuum head with attached vacuum hose into the pool water with the telescopic pole. Allow the head to sit at the bottom of the pool while leaning the pole against the pool's edge. Locate the hose portion that is just entering the water's depths.

Push the floating vacuum hose downward at this location into the water as you move toward the opposite end of the hose. You are trying to submerge the hose so that all the air is pushed out of the exposed end to prime the vacuum system.

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Push the exposed hose into the water slowly, about 6 inches at a time. Lift the cover of the skimmer basket closest to the pool pump.

Press the exposed hose end into the basket's opening. Depending on the pool's skimmer accessories, it may be necessary to use a skimmer disk or hose adapter.

Consult the pool's manual for specific connection information. Lift the telescopic pole from the pool's edge.

Proceed to vacuum the pool bottom with the suction from the filter tank and pool pump. Keep the vacuum head submerged after priming the vacuum hose.

Air can easily infiltrate the head if it is lifted from the water. Without a primed hose, the suction action cannot occur from the filter tank system. Use caution while working around the pool.

Wear footwear that will not slip on the wet surrounding concrete. Writing professionally sinceAmy Rodriguez cultivates successful cacti, succulents, bulbs, carnivorous plants and orchids at home.

How to vacuum an aboveground pool

With an electronics degree and more than 10 years of experience, she applies her love of gadgets to the gardening world as she continues her education through college classes and gardening activities. By Amy Rodriguez Updated December 14, Related Articles. Things You Will Need No. Tip Keep the vacuum head submerged after priming the vacuum hose. Warning Use caution while working around the pool.

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