How to Vacuum an Above Ground Pool
It is no fun to swim in slimy and dirty water when you fall behind on your pool cleaning schedule, the debris of leaves, insects, oil residue and other materials might form on the surface of the water.
Debris can also collect at the bottom of your pool too, and stimulate algae growth and if you fall behind too much on your cleaning schedule, you might find out one day that you can’t swim in your pool.
Maybe you have been adding sanitizing chemicals like chlorine to the water regularly, and you think there is no need to clean your pool.
Well, I hate to break this to you, but Chlorine and other sanitizing chemicals cant keep leaves, insects, and dirt from your pool, they can only help keep the water clean.
Not to discourage you from adding sanitizing chemicals to your pool, but in addition to adding chlorine and other chemicals to the water, regular cleaning of the above ground pool is essential.
Now that you are ready to get started at cleaning your pool regularly, you need to make sure you have all the necessary tools at hand as the right tool will make cleaning your pool easy and fun. (not much fun like swimming in clean water, but I promise it’d still be fun)
So what are the right tools you need to vacuum your pool?
- A Skimmer, or a Leave Rake
- A vac head, (Vacuum Head)
- A Vacuum hose, and
- A telescopic pole.
Now that you have all the right tools in place, its time to clean up your pool in these easy steps;
Brush down the sides of your pool to loosen the debris on the sides; some contaminants will sink to the bottom of the pool while some will stay afloat with the already present debris.
You are not going to remove all the debris and oil residue with the rake or skimmer, and that is where vacuuming comes in.
Expel air from the hose by filling it with water; you do this by holding the free end of the hose in front of the pool’s water outlet.
A leave rake comes handy to remove debris from the surface of your pool water. The first task at cleaning your pool is to remove the debris of solid materials on the surface of your pool if you choose to use a skimmer, ensure that you clean its basket when you empty the debris before you put it back to remove another round.
You should hold the telescopic pole firmly at this point to ensure that the dipped vacuum head and the hose doesn’t return to the surface of the water.
Fill the hose with water until you can see clearly that no more bubbles are coming out of the vacuum head underwater.
Attach one open end of the hose to the vacuum head and fix the vacuum head unto the telescopic pole. Dip the vacuum head into the pool and leave the pole leaned to the side of the pool you’d like to vacuum from.
Now we are ready to start vacuuming, connect the hose end to the suction point, make sure you do this in a way that doesn’t allow air back into your hose.
Ready to go? This is going to take some time.
You can start moving the vacuum head up and down while it faces the bottom of the pool and keeps on vacuuming until the entire floor of your above ground pool is clean. Ensure that your strokes overlap a little bit every time to ensure you don’t leave any debris behind.
Slow and steady is the name of the game as you move the vacuum head forth and back in your pool, if you rush you might unsettle the debris at the bottom of the pool, and it might take a while for them to settle again.
If you have a load of debris, you might need to come back after a few hours to vacuum again.
When you are done with vacuuming, and you are pleased with the perfect clean sight of your pool, remove the telescopic pole from water, and pull out the vacuum head from the pole and drain the water remaining in the hose.
Clean all the tools you use with freshwater and return them to the storage.
I know by now you might have realized that wasn’t all that fun, most people don’t like to vacuum their pool manually with their hands.
Using a traditional vacuum is a manual way of cleaning your above ground pool, there is a much faster and more fun way to vacuum your pool, that is by the use of automatic pool vacuum cleaner.
All thanks to technology, there are robotic pool cleaners present on the market today that can cater to your pool cleaning needs.
Asides robotic cleaners, there are also pressure-side pool cleaners and suction-side pool cleaners.
Robotic vacuum cleaners use electricity, all you have to do is to plug it them into a source of electricity and drop them into the pool, they do all the work and give you just little to do.
All you have to do while using robotic cleaners is to empty the built-in filter bags they come with when they get full of debris, some robotic cleaners will even alert you when they are full of debris
Pressure side pool cleaners use water pressure from the pool’s filter system to power an automatic cleaner that you can move around the bottom of your pool to remove the debris into a filter bag. Suction side pool cleaners work the same way the pressure side pool cleaners do. However, they can move around the bottom of the pool by themselves.
So if you don’t like to do all the moving yourself, you can get a robotic pool cleaner or a suction side pool cleaner.
So, that’s it; your above ground pool is now perfectly clean, you can go on to add your sanitizing chemicals, don’t fall behind your cleaning schedule again to keep your pool fresh week in and out.
Enjoy swimming in your clean pool!