Maintaining a sparkling, clean in-ground swimming pool requires a multitiered approach. Proper balance of pH and chlorine are the first level. Control of debris and foreign matter is next. Small particulates suspended in the pool are removed by the normal circulation of water through the filter. Larger, floating debris such as leaves are trapped in strainer baskets as the water passes through the skimmer or may be manually scooped out as required using a skimmer net on a telescoping pole. Dirt, debris and other contaminants that sink to the bottom of the pool, however, usually require vacuuming. Because debris in a pool may vary greatly from day to day depending on usage, many pool experts recommend vacuuming a residential pool “whenever it needs it” rather than sticking to a rigid schedule.
An in-ground pool needs vacuuming as a typical maintenance procedure. A pool can be cleaned using two filter settings depending on the amount of dirt and debris on the pool’s surface. Skimmers are only good at the removal of debris and dirt suspended in the pool.
Not Impurities at the bottom and sides of the pool. Regularly, the dirt is brushed off to the sides and bottom. Stirring them up enhances easy clearance by the sand filter.
Nonetheless, vacuuming will clear the pool effectively for faster results. Depending on the level of debris and dirt in your swimming pool, the sand filter uses two valve settings for pool vacuuming. Here are simple ways on how to vacuum your pool with sand filter;
- The first thing to do is turn your heater off if it is still on- It should not cycle. Remove large debris and leaves from the pool before you begin with the vacuuming process. Get a scoop net to remove the trash that blocks the hose pip or the vacuum head.
- Shut your vacuum pump off and clean the skimmer and pump basket.
- Later place back the pump basket to its correct place.
- Backwash the vacuum filter; you do this by making sure you turn on the filter top handle until the filter gets to the backwash. Turn the pump on for two minutes and shut your pump off while turning the filter handle.
- Next, shut the primary drain off. You can do this by turning the pump’s handle to a position where it states off the main drain.
- Go ahead and connect the vacuum head to your telescopic pole, the vacuum head to the vacuum hose. After assembling all the equipment, place the vacuum head into the pool and fill the hose with water. After you are done, close the flap at the bottom of your skimmer and put the end of the vacuum hose on the vacuum plate then connect it with the other end of the skimmer with your skimmer basket.
- After the procedure, turn on your pump. Now you are ready to vacuum your pool. With your telescopic pole, emerge the vacuum head into the pool and steadily and straightforwardly, move the head back and forth in the pool to get rid of dirt on the surface, the sides, and the bottom of the swimming pool.
- After you are done, pull out the vacuum from the skimmer and the pool. Go ahead and clean the skimmer baskets and use a pump to open the main drain.
- After some time, backwash your pool to wind up your cleaning. Turn the filter valve into a backwash position. The sand in the sand filtration media blocks dirt, oil, and debris. Backwashing the pool helps to reverse the water flow level in the pool, expelling the vacuumed dirty water through the waste line to the drain. Turn the pump on and backwash it for two minutes until the vision glass’s water runs clear.
- You are done with all the processes of vacuuming and backwashing the pool. It is now time to turn your pump off.
- Clean your filter; empty your skimmer basket, close your skimmer valve, and clean the hair catcher after you have finished vacuuming and reopened the skimmer valve.
- The last step is to reset your filter valve to filter and turn on your pump.
How to Begin Vacuuming Your Pool?
For your vacuuming equipment to last, remember to turn off all your pumps before beginning your vacuuming.
Step 1: Assemble your pool vacuum.
This is quick and easy to do. Simply attach the vacuum head to your telescoping pole (remember, it should snap on easily).
Step 2: Connect the vacuum hose.
Attach one end of the hose to the vacuum head and attach the other end to your skimmer using the vacuum plate. (Remember to take the skimmer basket off first!).
Pro tip: Before you connect the pool vacuum hose to the skimmer, you’ll need to blow the air out of it. The easiest way to do this is to hold the hose up against one of your pool’s jets until you no longer see air bubbles coming from the hose.
Step 3: Choose your filter valve setting.
For light vacuuming, you can leave your multiport valve filter set to “Filter.” For bigger jobs and larger amounts of debris, set your filter system to the “Waste” setting, which does sends the water down the drain, rather than through the filter.
Refill as you go
When using your pool filter’s “Waste” setting, you might notice your pool water level dropping. To keep your pool properly filled, use a garden hose to ensure a steady stream of fresh water and keep your water level even.
Step 4: Start vacuuming.
Move the vacuum like you would a real vacuum on a rug, in slow linear passes (going too fast will just stir up the dirt without sucking it up). If the pool is especially dirty, you may have to stop and empty the pump strainer before continuing. Repeat the process as many times as you need to remove all debris from the floor of your pool.
Step 5: Disconnect, change filter settings, and do a final cleanup.
Once your pool is vacuumed to your satisfaction, you can disconnect your vacuum head and hoses. Make sure to clear out the bottom of the skimmer, too. If you changed your filter pump settings, make sure to change them back (and if you’re using a sand or DE filter, now’s the time to do a quick backwash). For a finishing touch, attach a brush to your telescoping pole and give the pool floor and sides a good scrubbing.