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How to Vacuum a Pool Like a Pro

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If you want your pool to stay looking nice, you need to keep it clean and take care of it. Vacuuming is an essential part of the regular maintenance routine and shouldn’t be missed! Vacuuming a pool is not as hard as it looks. With a few simple steps, you can have your pool looking great in no time. Follow this guide to learn how to vacuum your pool like an expert! Read all the steps carefully and you will be able to clean your pool like a pro.

How to Vacuum a Pool


This project will take between 1 and 3 hours to do. This work is ideal for those taking their first steps into this field.

Having a pool in the backyard can be really fun. You can even swim and play with your friends and family. But you have to clean it regularly if you don’t hire someone else to do it. Vacuuming is one of the things that needs to be done often to take out dirt and algae.

Robot pool cleaners can do the work for you, but manual vacuums are also good. They have their own advantages.

  • Manual vacuums cost less to buy and take care of than robotic cleaners.
  • Manual vacuuming is better at taking out dirt, especially algae.
  • Cleaning your home yourself with a vacuum cleaner is cheaper than paying someone else to do it.
  • Vacuuming using your hands and not a machine is a way to get some physical activity.

Learning how to vacuum a pool is not hard, but it does take time. The amount of time it takes to clean a pool depends on how big the pool is and how often you clean it. It is better to clean your pool every week instead of waiting until the bottom turns green or brown before vacuuming.

What You’ll Need

To clean your pool, you will need a flexible hose, a telescopic pole, and a vacuum head. You will also need a skimmer net.

How to Vacuum a Pool

You need to vacuum your pool to keep it clean. Buy the right equipment and follow these steps to make sure your pool looks great all year. Here’s how you begin:

01. Skim the Surface

Before you start vacuuming, take a few minutes to skim the surface of your pool and remove any debris. This will make it easier for the vacuum to do its work.

02. Turn on the Pool Pump and Adjust the Filter Valve

Once you have the surface cleared, turn on your pool pump and use the filter valve to adjust it to the appropriate setting. This will ensure that the water pressure is correct for your vacuum.


When you use the pool filter, set the valve to “Waste”. The water level in the pool will go down while you clean it. Have a garden hose ready so that you can add more water as needed. This will help push away dirt and debris.

03. Attach the Vacuum

Assemble your vacuum according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Make sure all of the connections are tight so there aren’t any leaks. Once everything is secure, slowly lower the vacuum head into the pool.


If your vacuum hose keeps coming off the head, use a hose clamp to make sure it stays on.

04. Lower the Vacuum Head into the Pool

Once you’ve assembled the vacuum, lower the head into the pool and start to move it around. You can follow a pattern or work your way from one side of the pool to the other.

Put the loose end of the hose against a jet in the pool. Turn on the filter and pump. Water will go through the hose and push out air as bubbles. Wait until all of the bubbles are gone before taking away the hose, but make sure it stays underwater.

05. Attach the Hose to the Skimmer Plate

Once you’re done vacuuming, attach the hose to the skimmer plate and turn off the pump. This will help prevent any debris from entering the filter system.

06. Start at the Shallow End of the Pool

When vacuuming, start at the shallow end of the pool and work your way to the deeper end. This will allow you to get a good clean without having to worry about lifting too much weight.

Work slowly when vacuuming your pool. If you work too fast, debris will make the water cloudy. If the water becomes so cloudy that you can’t see, stop vacuuming and wait a couple of hours for it to clear up before starting again.


If the vacuum is not working well, take off the hose from the skimmer plate. Put it against the return jet and watch for bubbles coming out of the vacuum head. That means it’s filling up with water. Put the hose back on to the skimmer plate and keep vacuuming.

If the vacuum head is stuck, turn off the pool pump. Move it to another spot. You might need to take out big pieces of trash from the pump strainer before you switch on the pump again.

07. Put away the vacuum cleaner and all its parts.

Once you’re done vacuuming, remove the hose from the skimmer plate and make sure all of your equipment is properly stowed away. This will help prevent any accidents or damage to the pool.

Following these steps can help keep your pool looking great all season long. If you have any questions about how to vacuum a pool or need assistance with maintenance, contact your local pool professional for more information!

Happy Cleaning!