How to vacuum a pool

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Vacuuming a pool is a time-consuming chore that can be made much easier with the right tools. By following these five steps, you’ll have a sparkling clean pool in no time!

Step One: Use the Pool Vacuum to Remove Leaves and Debris

The first step to cleaning your pool is using the vacuum to remove leaves and debris that may have collected on the bottom of the pool. You can use either a skimmer net or a vacuum hose to clean this debris; if you have a waterfall, use the vacuum to remove debris from it.

Step Two: Get Rid of Algae

Now that we’ve covered the basics of how to vacuum a pool, it’s time to talk about how you can get rid of algae.

The easiest way is by using a pool brush. The bristles will help loosen up dead algae and other debris, allowing them to be sucked up by the vacuum head as you work through your cleaning process. If you choose this method, it’s advisable to start with an algae brush that has long bristles rather than short ones (which may damage your liner).

Another option is using a pool vacuum instead of brushing or using both together so that they each remove different types of debris from your swimming area. A good rule of thumb when selecting an appropriate tool for this job is choosing one whose size makes sense based on where in your swimming area you plan on doing most of your work: larger vacuums are best suited for large areas like shallow end walls; smaller ones are better suited for corners or tight spaces around steps because they offer more flexibility when maneuvering around obstacles like chairs and ladders which could otherwise block access points between different parts of your backyard.

Step Three: Scrape off Dead Algae

You can use a metal or plastic pool brush to clean the bottom of your pool and remove algae. If you have a fiberglass or vinyl liner, then you should use a soft-bristle brush instead. Be sure that the bristles are long enough to reach into crevices and corners, but not so long that they scratch up your liner.

Also keep in mind that having an adjustable handle will make any task easier than trying to do it with one hand tied behind your back (or without using both hands).

If you don’t want something quite so heavy duty, consider using an extended version of the same kind of brush—just add more length by attaching another section onto it with some kind of clamping device such as Velcro or magnets (the former idea may prove better because magnets tend to wear out over time).

Step Four: Vacuum Up Sludge and Grime

Once you have removed large debris from the pool bottom, continue vacuuming to remove any remaining sludge. You can use a skimmer net and vacuum hose to clean the walls of your pool. A pool vacuum head will also help remove sludge from the floor of your pool.

It’s important that you don’t forget about removing algae from the surface of your water before it has a chance to settle on anything else in your backyard oasis!

Step Five: Clean the Pump Basket and Skimmer

  • After vacuuming, you should clean both the pump basket and skimmer basket. This ensures that all debris is removed from these areas as well. You can either remove each of these baskets and clean them separately, or use a pool brush to clean them while they are in place (if you choose this method, be sure to check for cracks in your basket first).
  • Skimmer Basket: Remove the skimmer basket by unscrewing it with an Allen wrench or socket wrench set at its base. Clean off any leaves or other small particles on the inside surface with a brush before reattaching it back onto your vacuum hose near where it connects with your pool’s wall mount bracket (see photo below).
  • Pump Basket: Use pliers if necessary to loosen any attachments holding down screws from inside holes drilled into bottom portion of pump basket assembly (see photo below). Then lift up entire assembly so that both strainer plate assemblies come off from housing unit entirely once screws are removed completely; now simply scrub off any debris stuck inside strainer plates using brushes provided in hardware stores next time before reattaching parts together again using new screws made specifically for this purpose so you don’t risk cracking plastic casing because original ones weren’t strong enough!

Vacuuming a pool is a time-consuming chore that can be made much easier with the right tools.

You may be surprised to learn that a pool vacuum is not just for cleaning the pool floor. The right model can also be used to effectively clean deep within the water, allowing you to remove leaves and debris, as well as algae from your pool’s walls and bottom.

There are two main types of suction-side pool vacuums: robotic cleaners and pressure side cleaners. Robotic cleaners use an electric motor powered by battery or a plug-in outlet located inside your home. Pressure side cleaners rely on the existing water flow generated by your filtration system to operate, so they can’t be operated when the pump isn’t running (i.e., overnight).


So the next time you’re faced with dirty pool water and want to vacuum a pool above ground, consider investing in one of these handy gadgets. They’ll save you time, money and a little bit of sanity!


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