The swimming pool service contractors from Express Pool Care in Phoenix, Arizona are experienced swimming pool contractors who care for many pools in Arizona. If you’re a new pool owner and are a do-it-yourselfer the pool maintenance pros offer a pool basics 101: how to vacuum a pool tips for those who are new to pool ownership or who may just need a refresher before the new swim season arrives.

Proper swimming pool maintenance demands that the pool water is vacuumed regularly to assure there is no debris falling into the water. Leaves and other organic matter, if left on the bottom of the pool floor can lead to staining. Organic matter may also bring with it algae spores and could mean you’re faced with an algae filled pool and that can put your pool out of commission for many days!

Pool Basics 101: How to vacuum a pool

These tips are for those pool owners who haven’t invested in automatic pool vacuums or robotic swimming pool vacuums. Those devices are ideal, but not everyone has made the investment in them.

Keep in mind that skimming your pool will help with how long it takes you to vacuum the pool. Using a cover will also keep the pool cleaner, reduce evaporation of water and cut down on pool vacuuming time.

Here is how to vacuum a pool:

  1. Attach the vacuum head and pole.
  2. Attach the vacuum hose to the vacuum head.
  3. Slowly lower the vacuum head to the bottom of the pool. Let the vacuum hose sink. You want to get the air out of the vacuum hose. To make certain this has been done correctly, water will run out of the hose.
  4. Take the skimmer basket off
  5. Connect the end of the hose to the opening at the back of the skimmer.
  6. At the filter, you need to turn the control valve, that is attached to the skimmer to “off.” When you hear the pump kick on, open the valve slightly. You’ll know it’s right when the pump is running smoothly.
  7. Slowly move the vacuum back and forth on the pool floor. Going slowly will prevent stirring up any debris.
  8. Keep the vacuum head on the bottom of the pool until you have re-opened the valves on the filter.

There are many factors that go into how long it will take you to vacuum a pool and those include: how often you skim off debris, how many people use the pool and how diligent you are at using the pool cover.

If you’d like an in person vacuuming demonstration, give us a call and let’s set up a time to show you how to inspect the pool and to vacuum it.