Pool Vacuum Has Too Much Suction!

by Kayla

Hi, I work at an outdoor pool and we use an economical Harmsco BKP portable pump units. And lately the suction on it has been so strong that it gets stuck on the bottom of the pool floor and you can't even push it. We have bent so many pools trying to vacuum the pool.


Does anyone know how to change the amount of suction on one of these units?

Thank you,

Kayla




Thanks for the question Kayla

While I've never use the Harmsco BKP model I've used similar ones. These are some things to consider to decrease the suction.

The sides of the vacuum head could be flipping up. This is mainly caused by not storing the vacuum head on a level surface.

The brushes and/or bristles might be going bad

You can either open up the main drain (if applicable) a little, remove the plug from the other skimmer, or open the other skimmer just a bit.

There might be an issue with the the vacuum head. For a vinyl pool the wheels should hold the head off of the floor about higher than the standard 1/4 inch setting. See if you can raise them up a bit more.

I hope this has answered your question to your satisfaction.

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Too Much Suction When Vacuuming The Pool

When I try to vacuum our above ground pool, there is so much suction that the sweeper head gets sucked tight to the bottom of the pool liner.

The only way to move it is to turn off the filter and stop the flow of water.

Why does it do this and/or how do I avoid this problem?




Thanks for the question

There could be a few reasons why your vacuum head is sticking to the pool bottom.

There could be irregularities (humps and bumps) on the pool floor

The sides of the vacuum head could be flipping up. This is mainly caused by not storing the vacuum head on a level surface.

The brushes and/or bristles might be going bad

You can either open up the main drain (if applicable) a little, remove the plug from the other skimmer, or open the other skimmer just a bit.

Try these and see how it works out.

For a reply, you can see your post on the Q&A page in the "Vacuums & Vacuuming Problems" category.

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Hope this helps and have a fun and safe swimming season.

Robert

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