How to Vacuum Above Ground Pool

Algae and dirt can overtake your above-ground pool in just a matter of days. Pool owners can fight this problem once and for all by using pool cleaning equipment.

And it’s a vacuum! You just need some time, a good amount of patience, and a proper guide on how to vacuum above ground pool manually.

The last one is what we’ll be giving you today. Enjoy!

How to Vacuum Above Ground Pool

How to Vacuum Above Ground Pool with or Without Specific Tools

We’ll guide you through the whole process, which we’ll break into two segments. Things you need to do before the vacuuming part. And then the actual vacuuming part. Also, we’ll keep you informed on what to do in case you don’t have certain tools that usually people use for vacuuming above-ground pools.

Before Starting the Vacuuming Process, Make Sure:

  • The night before the day you plan to vacuum the pool, clean the walls and get rid of any debris, algae, and dirt. Give your attention to the waterline as well.
  • Check for potential obstructions, damage, or cracks in the pool and basically give it a thorough inspection. This way you’ll be extra careful while vacuuming those problematic areas that can otherwise later turn into expensive repairs.
  • The trash accumulated near the pool walls exterior, you want to have those inside a garbage can and later dispose of them.
  • Any floats, or toys in the pool need to be removed. You can take some time to spray or lightly brush these kinds of stuff and carefully store them until the pool is all vacuumed and ready.
  • Make sure you skim the water’s top part to get rid of any floating debris on the surface. Dirt could be lodged on the skimmer too, check it as well.

Start Assembling Heads, Hose & Pole

Assembling Heads, Hose & Pole

You should have your vacuum along with a telescoping extension pole and hose. Attach them and use them for removing any huge leaves that might be on the above-ground swimming pool. Then you can hook the vacuum hose’s swivel end to the head. 

Simply attach the head to the pole next. It could be an extension or Fiberglass type. Make sure the lock is tightly holding the pole in position. And it should not slide or seem like coming off. That’s how to hook up the pool vacuum for the above-ground pool vacuuming process coming up next.

Submerging The Assembly into Water to Clean the Bottom of the Pool

Submerging The Assembly into Water

The assembly you just made will now need to go inside the water. Submerge it so that the vacuum reaches the pool’s bottom. 

And then have the pole locked in that position. Is it slightly leaning towards the poolside? Before locking makes sure the water return outlet is accessible for the pole.

Also, the assembly should not float back to the pool surface. There’s a chance of such happening when the hose expels air. The right manner would have the head of a vacuum touching the pool bottom. While the pole stays in a tight lock.

Filling Water into The Vacuum Hose

The free end of the hose should be right in front of the water return outlet. Hold the pole with one hand firmly. Then start flooding the hose with water. There should be no air bubbles imparted from the head of the vacuum. That’s when you know the filling is complete.

This way the air trapped would be removed. And it’s called hose priming. If you avoid this step, there’s a chance of air being drawn into the pump, causing the air passage to block.

If You’re Curious – How to vacuum a pool without a pump?

You can use a siphoning hose and avoid using a pump for the process. Or choose to go with a shop vacuum, another fabulous pump alternative that does not take a long time like the siphoning hose.

Attach The Skimmer & Hose Pipe

Attaching The Skimmer & Hose Pipe

The hose end should be submerged in water. You want to pull it gradually and attach it to the skimmer. The skimmer lines provide a suction force that a standard pool vacuum needs. If you don’t have a dedicated suction port, the skimmer can help.

If You’re Curious – how to vacuum an above-ground pool without a skimmer?

You can use a skimmer inlet, which is a pretty affordable tool, by the way, to get the debris out of the pool. It’s the best alternative for those who don’t have a skimmer to proceed with.

However, for those who want to learn how to vacuum above ground pool manually, which ends with a good result, the skimmer is the way to go.

Before attaching the hose, make sure the basket of the skimmer is out. At the bottom, the hose port should be available. Right above the suction port, you need to attach the disc. Do this as quickly as possible. Because the air might get back into the hose otherwise.

Vacuuming The Pool

Vacuuming The Pool

You want to stand in a place that allows a clear view of the pool bottom. Use the telescoping pole, start making the head of the vacuum go back and forth. These motions will allow effective vacuuming on the bottom as well as the sides of the pool. 

Overlap the before path with every new head pass you get. The prime will be lost unless the head is at all-time submerged in the water. Get the whole pool floor clean thoroughly.

Dismantle & Finish

Once you are done with the process, detach the hose from the skimmer, and disassemble the whole equipment to store it for next use. Go for a backwash reverse so that the dirty water can be out into the drain. Leave it for at least 2 minutes.

Wrapping Up

And that’s basically how you should vacuum above ground pool. Proper pool cleaning and keeping up with maintenance are crucial tasks. The vacuum makes it so much easier. Give it some time and work with patience. The process itself is easy but demands quite a bit of time. 

Getting it professionally done would cost quite a heavy amount, so the effort you spend will definitely save some bucks.

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