How to Set Up Pool Vacuum Cleaner

Setting up vacuum cleaners is often an easy task that does not need much effort. But for first-time buyers, it could be a little tricky to assemble or set up the pool vacuum cleaner. 

Perhaps the included manual comes with confusing instructions. And that’s the thing about manuals, these are most of the time written in robot language with a less clear description of parts and where they should go.

Well, if you are having a hard time with something like this, then today stay till the very end with us. We are about to explore how to set up pool vacuum cleaner in-depth, that’s why!

How to Set Up Pool Vacuum Cleaner

You need to make proper hose assembly, remove air from it, connect the hose to suction port/filter/open skimmer, and complete connection with the vacuum, which also would need air removal from the body. That’ll be enough for the setup!

However, it’s just a short glimpse of what happens, there’s more to it. Keep Reading…

About Hose Assembly & Air Removal

Depending on the length of your pool, the hose size would vary. So, once you have sorted that out, it’s time to assemble the whole hose. You just need to keep threading together and screw all sections of the hose. And eventually, the whole hose should be ready.

But keep in mind, vacuums are not all of the same design. So, checking the manual provided is important. Most would be able to get hooked to the filter, the suction port, and also the open skimmer.

Then there are a few hoses that need a specific order to be followed for assembly. That information is also available inside the instruction manual. You get that detail and then attach the hose in a unique order.

Now comes the part of how to connect the pool vacuum to the pump. But before that one thing that does not relate to assembly but is quite important to do before the connection, would be getting the air out from the hose. The pump cannot have any air inside of it, hence this step.

What you want to do here is place it deep in the pool and then push each section downwards. So that all the air bubbles leave the hose gradually. 

It’s going to take a little time, but you can make it slightly quicker by holding the hose opening close to the poolside jet. So that the jet can help in forcing the water to enter through the hose.

Connecting Hose to Suction Port/Filter/Open Skimmer

Next is the part of connecting the hose end to a certain section that could be different depending on your vacuum model. Mostly it’s an open skimmer, suction port, or a filter where connections take place. 

For example, if it’s an automatic pool vacuum system, then the natural filtration mechanism of your pool will be playing the part of cleaning it. And that means they’re going to be more than one port that you need to pick from. And then hook the hose to it.

If It Needs to Hook to Open Skimmer

  • Grab the hose end.
  • Use an adapter for attaching the unthreaded side to the end.
  • Get the adapter into the skimmer.
  • It should fit within the lid beneath the opening.

If It Needs to Hook to Suction Port

  • Look for the valve top handle in the filter. It’s the spot where the water line and pipe of the filter connects.
  • Open the valve by twisting it.
  • Fix the hose inside the threading with screws.

If It Needs to Hook to Filter

  • Have a look at the sand filter and find a return labeled cap.
  • Take the cap out by unscrewing it.
  • Attach the hose into and screw back using hose threading.
  • You can also use a filter adapter instead to attach the hose.

Keep in Mind – You would require an adapter for connecting the hose if it does not fit well with the filter, suction port, or skimmer. Usually, vacuums would come with an adapter for such a purpose.

Get Rid of Air Packets from Vacuum Body

Now it’s time to make all the air escape the vacuum body. For that, you need to keep the vacuum underwater. Just holding it underwater for 15 to 30 seconds shall help. Make sure you turn it around in the water.

When the air bubbles no more pop out from the vacuum, you can conclude all the air is out from the body.

Connecting Hose End to Vacuum

Now there should be a specific end of the hose that would connect to the vacuum top and you would screw to fix those together. 

Depending on your vacuum brand, there could be a label for identifying this specific end that should be fed to the vacuum. Use your hands to tighten the connection. Just don’t overdo it.

Some hoses come with floats or canisters right on the end of their length. You need to hook it up to the float or canister nearby end.

Placing The Vacuum on Pool Bottom

Finally, you just need to place the vacuum on the pool bottom to use it. Use the hose for this. Bring the vacuum slowly to the bottom of the pool. And if it’s all good, the vacuum base should sit flush against the pool floor.

You can pull the hose to the opposite side if readjustment is necessary, and it will tilt back. Some vacuums can work with self-realignment for good placement on the pool bottom.

Wrapping Up

Well, that was how to set up pool vacuum cleaner. After the setup comes finding more about the usage. So, if you are unaware of that matter as well, don’t forget to research more on how to use a manual pool vacuum for the type of pool you own. 

It’s going to give so much better results once you learn the process of proper vacuuming, which consists of a few simple things to keep in mind.

On That Note, We’ll Be Leaving. Take Care Until Next Time!

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