How to vacuum your pool

Supplies needed:

  • Vacuum pole (recommend 8-16' extendable pole, will work for almost any pool type)
  • Vacuum hose (factor in the length, width, and depth of the pool). Hoses come in 1 1/4" and 1 1/2" diameter. The most common hose diameter is 1 1/2", however for smaller above ground pools they may take 1 1/4" hose. I also highly recommend purchasing a hose with a swivel cuff on the vacuum end.
  • Vacuum head
Vacuum head for an vinyl liner

Vacuum head for an vinyl liner

Vacuum head for a gunite pool

Vacuum head for a gunite pool

Additional supplies:

  • Vacuum plate that goes over the skimmer basket. Note: placing the vacuum plate over the skimmer basket saves the time of frequently emptying the pump basket.

Once you have all the supplies, it's time to start cleaning:

  • Assemble the pieces hose, vacuum, pole, vacuum plate.
  • Fill the hose with water (this is easiest by using the pool return jet). This prevents the pump from losing it's suction, or prime.
  • If you pool has a main drain or more than 1 skimmer, shut off flow from the main drain and other skimmer(s) to get full suction.

Other tools for cleaning:

  • Brush
  • Leaf rake
  • Leaf skimmer

Now you are ready to start the next phase in maintaining your pool!