How To Vacuum Above Ground Pool

How To Vacuum Above Ground Pool

No one wants to swim in a pool with dirty, cloudy water. Therefore, pool cleaning skills are crucial for any pool owners.

Fortunately, an above swimming ground pool does not require as much maintenance as an inground pool does.

However, to maintain the water sparkling clean, you will need to vacuum the pool regularly. Vacuuming helps to prevent algae from growing on the pool walls and floor.

If you are thinking that cleaning an above – ground pool takes so much of your time, don’t worry as we will explain steps ready on how to vacuum above ground pool in this article.

To vacuum the pool effectively, it is necessary to have good cleaners.

So, you might be wondering……

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What You Will Need To Vacuum Your Above Ground Pool?

Here’s what you need:

  • A vacuum head, also called a vac head
  • A telescopic pole to attach to the vac head
  • A vacuum hose long enough to reach every area of your pool
  • A skim vac or vacuum plate (if needed)
  • A scrub brush to attach to the pole

What you need to vacuum above ground pool

Hold on a minute, maybe you are thinking….

Why in the world do I need to vacuum my above ground pool by hand when there are so many automatic pool cleaners. Shouldn’t that little robot be doing all the work for me?

Well, while an automatic robotic pool cleaner is an indispensable tool, it can tosses debris right back into the water when it tries to vacuum a swimming pool full of debris, or worse, algae.

Therefore, knowing how to do pool vacuuming by hand is pretty much required to fight with these problems.

Want to know the best part?

Let’s continue.

How to Vacuum Above Ground Pool in The Quickest Way

Put your pool filter to workIf you are performing routine cleaning, you may not need to do this. The standard “Filter” setting will do the job quite nicely.

But let’s say you have a lot of leaves and other debris in the pool after a thunderstorm. These will sink to the bottom of the pool where they’ll sit until you vacuum them up.

Do you want to make this work easier?

Here is the kicker:

Adjust your pool filter before you begin the above ground pool vacuuming.

Depend on the size and style of your pool, the filter system will have two or more settings for controlling filtration.

Next, we move on to how to assemble the suction pool vacuum:

  1. Attach the vacuum head to the open end of the telescopic pole.
  2. Attach one end of the hose to the vac head. If the hose is slippery, use a hose clamp to keep it in place.
  3. Place the vac head, telescopic pole, and hose in the pool. Make sure the vac head rests on the pool floor.
  4. Place the other end of the vacuum hose against a return jet in the pool. This will push water through the hose and drive all the air out.

This is how we do it:

Triple-check to make sure the vacuum inlet is the only line open to the pump. If not, particles and debris will also be sucked in by the pump and undo all of your hard work.

NOTE: You’ll see bubbles rising from the vacuum head on the floor of the pool. Once the bubbles stop, all the air is out of the hose.

  1. Attach the vacuum plate to the end of the hose you’d previously placed against the return jet, block the opening with your hand, and bring it over to the skimmer. Be sure to create a good seal or suction will be lost.

If you don’t use a vacuum plate, remove the basket inside the skimmer, then use your hand and block the end of the water-filled hose.

Place the hose into the skimmer, make sure it’s firmly inserted into the suction hole at the bottom of the skimmer.

NOTE: Whichever method you choose will create the suction that pulls material through the vac head, up through the hose into the skimmer, and then through the filter system.

If your vacuum loses suction, just follow the prep steps again to restore it.


Have you done assembling your above ground pool vacuum?

If yes, here’s how you can vacuum the bottom of the pool:

Vacuum the above ground pool starts at the shallow end and slowly moves toward the deep end of the pool. Use long, slow, sweeping strokes to clean.

Make sure your strokes overlap slightly to avoid leaving any debris behind. Do not rush or else it would just waste your time.

If you are tired, then take a break a little bit before you can come back and vacuum again.

If the vac head becomes stuck, switch off the pump for a second to break the vacuum force and set it free.

Also, be sure to monitor your pool filter pressure gauge as you vacuum. If the pressure rises above the levels recommended by the manufacturer, then backwash your filter.

Wait! It is not the end.

After you vacuum your pool, remove the vacuum head from the telescoping pole, and drain any water still in the vacuum hose.

Attach your cleaning brush to the pole, use it to scrub away any algae, dirt, and debris from the sides of the pool.

Once you’ve topped off your water, test your pool water, adjust your alkalinity, pH, and chlorine as necessary.

Rinse all your equipment with fresh water, dry it, and return it to storage. This will help keep it in top working condition and avoid unnecessary wear and corrosion.

To sum up,

It is not difficult to learn how to vacuum the above ground pool.

You just need to prepare yourself the good above ground pool vacuum, adjust the pool filter and do the steps guided above. However, to do it effectively, you should vacuum slowly and patiently.

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