Manually vacuuming the pool is an important step in caring for your pool. By using your manual vacuum you will be systematically cleaning the entire pool, something that no automatic cleaner on the market today can do. This fact is often overlooked because vacuuming the pool can be an arduous task, and who wants to perform an arduous task? But if you know how to set the vacuum up properly, vacuuming the pool is a lot easier.
Follow these easy steps to set up the manual vacuum:
- The multiport valve, also know as the backwash valve (if you have one), should be in the filter position
- Turn the main drain valve (if you have a main drain) off or ¾ off, what gives the best suction
- If you have more than one skimmer, you’ll need to plug the skimmer you’re not using. Always use the skimmer closest to the filter system
- Assemble the vacuum hose to the vacuum head; ensuring that the swivel end of the hose (this is referring to the cuff that is attached to the end of the hose) attaches to the vacuum head. This is important because if you attach the wrong end of the hose to the vacuum head you may not be able to vacuum the pool because the vacuum hose will allow air into the system and the pump will lose it’s prime. Not all vacuum hoses have a swivel cuff; the best way to determine if your hose has a swivel cuff is to grab the hose with one hand, and with the other hand try to turn the cuff. If it rotates 360 degrees then you have a swivel cuff. If it does not rotate it is a fixed cuff. You need to check both ends of the hose because only one end will swivel
- Attach the vacuum head to the pole and place it in the water.
- Connect the vacuum plate to the vacuum hose (if you have one) at the opposite end of the vacuum hose from the vacuum head. Using a vacuum plate is very important, it keeps large debris from getting stuck in the plumbing that may require a service call to remove the debris from the plumbing. The cuff at the end of the hose you are attaching to the vacuum plate should be the cuff that does not swivel
- While the pump is running, place the end of the hose, not the end with the vacuum head, over the return and allow the hose to fill with water until all the air in the hose has been removed. Make sure you are holding onto the pole when you do this or the pole may slip into the pool
- Without lifting the hose or vacuum out of the water; move them to the skimmer (keeping everything in the water!) Note: If you don’t have a vacuum plate, remove the skimmer basket, slide the hose under the water, and down into the hole farthest from the pool at the bottom of the skimmer. We do not recommend you use this method as you could possibly clog the piping with large debris. Rather, we recommend you leave the skimmer basket in place, ensuring that it is not damaged, place the vacuum plate on top of the skimmer basket
- Begin vacuuming the pool.
Once you have the manual vacuum set up you will want to pick a spot at one end of the pool, and systematically vacuum the bottom of the pool. Then starting at one point on the wall, vacuum the walls starting just below the tile line going down to the floor. Don’t forget to vacuum the stairs if you have them, however, you don’t want to vacuum the very top step as there will be too little water and the vacuum will loose it’s prime
Once you are done cleaning the pool rinse the equipment with fresh (not pool water) and make sure you store your vacuuming equipment out of direct sunlight because the UV light will oxidize the plastic housing and bristles making them brittle.
Class dismissed until next time, now go out and enjoy your pool!