Swimming Pool Vacuums Guide and How To Vacuum Your Pool 

Swimming pool vacuums and great swimming pool water maintenance. Understand home and commercial pool vacuums. 

Maybe you already have a pool cleaner, but you just need that little more to get you through.  Or perhaps a big party is coming up and you want to make sure your pool is absolutely perfect.  Manually vacuuming your pool is one of the best way to keep your pool clean and clear.

A robot vacuum cleaner  can make your pool life a little better.  Many are made from durable and reliable plastics that will give you years of service.  You will certainly wish you had one after a bad windstorm.  If you already have a good vacuum, good for you.  An inground and above ground pool swimming vacuum is similar to your regular carpet vacuum.  It works on the same concept; you run it over the area and dirt gets sucked into the filter.  What's left is a clean area.

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What You Need To Vacuum Your Swimming Pool

If your pool is outside, you'll need to vacuum it every so often, especially after a heavy rain or windstorm.  Until someone comes up with a "self-cleaning pool" we'll still need to do some manual labor to keep our pools looking their best.  For this task we'll need:

  • A good vacuum head
  • Telescopic pole
  • Vacuum hose
  • And possibly a leaf catcher/canister.  What's that?  The video below explains it in detail.  But the gist is it's a great tool that you can easily hook up to your vacuum hose to capture larger debris so it doesn't go into your pump basket and clog it up.  Check out the video below.

Hayward Swimming Pool Leaf Catcher Canister Review

Pool Vacuum Heads and Hose

Swimming Pool Vacuums
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Swimming Pool Vacuums

How To Use A Manual Suction Pool Cleaner

  • Be sure the valve suction line going into the pump is on (normally the skimmer, although some have a lower suction fitting). 
  • If you use the skimmer, take the skimmer basket out of the skimmer
  • Attach the swimming pool vacuum hose to the pool vacuum head.  If you want to spend a little extra, I would encourage you to get a quality hose with a swivel end. This will prevent any tangles.
  • Make sure the swimming pool vacuum head is on securely because your system will be drawing in air and not dirt. Nothing is more frustrating than pool vacuum hoses that keep coming off.
  • Be sure all the pool vacuum parts are on securely
  • Put the vacuum, pool pole, and hose into the deep end of the swimming pool. Remember to hold onto the pole. You need to "feed" the hose into the pool to get water into the hose. You can also place the other end of the hose in front of the water return fittings to fill the hose
  • Take the other end of the hose and go under the top of the skimmer (try not to put the hose over the skimmer) and attach the hose to the suction line
  • You may also want to put the skimmer basket adapter on top of the skimmer basket. This will prevent any large objects being sucked into the skimmer or lodging in the line or filter.
  • At first the pool pump and vacuum (or hot tub motor if cleaning your spa) may lose a little bit of suction. This is normal. Allow it to run for a few seconds to bleed any excess air from the lines.
  • You'll want to start from the shallow end and work your way down to the deep end. This will keep the pool hose from getting tangled. Be sure to keep the vacuum head and pool brushes flat on the bottom of the pool.
  • For a really dirt pool you can vacuum to WASTE. Be sure to keep your pool water topped off. 

Troubleshooting Swimming Pool Vacuums Parts

Even the best of us, from time to time, need a little help.  Here's a quick list of things you might encounter while manually vacuuming your swimming pool. 

No Suction While Vacuuming

  • The hose has come off the vacuum or come out of the skimmer
  • The hose may have a leak or crack
  • The filter lost its prime
  • Be sure you're using the correct suction line
  • Hose or vacuum head might be blocked

Dirt Returning Back To The Pool

  • Lateral might be broken with a sand filter
  • DE pool filter grid or pool cartridge filter may have a rip or tear

Be sure to clean the pool cartridge filter after vacuuming.  Backwash for sand and DE filters.  For convenience, you can invest in a pool leaf vacuum and a vacuum hose reel.  You can also find these at most commercial pool supplies stores.  Swimming pool vacuums have been around for a long time and they are one of the best and easiest ways to keep up on your swimming pool care. 

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When To Vacuum To Filter Or Waste

Manufacturers Of Swimming Pool Vacuums

  • Hayward
  • Polaris
  • Tiger Shark/Tiger Shark QC Automatic
  • Barracuda
  • Intex
  • Zodiac
  • Blue Diamond

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