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There is nothing more relaxing than spending the summer days by your backyard pool. It is a great way to spend time with friends, family, and loved ones. It is also a great way to blow off steam, enjoy the weather, and really give yourself a vacation – while staying at home.
There is a reason so many people love having pools in their backyards: it’s the fastest way to have a little piece of paradise that you own. But there are drawbacks to having a pool too. In fact, the upkeep and maintenance that a pool needs can be almost enough to convince people not to buy one.
The water has been processed and cleaned, the outside of the pool has to be well kept, and the amount of equipment and items you have to buy for your pool can sometimes cost hundreds of dollars. Then there is the added confusion when it comes to certain things about owning a pool.
For example, some people don’t know when to clean it. Some people don’t know how to clean it. Owning a pool isn’t just about floating around in it. It’s about keeping it in perfect condition, for the sake of everyone swimming inside it.
One of the biggest questions people have when they own a pool is how does it get vacuumed and cleaned? This is doubly true for folks who own an above ground pool. Above ground pools are less expensive than a built-in one but they present their very own set of challenges and vacuuming is just one of them.
How is it done? When should it be done? What do you need to accomplish the task and how much time will it take? There are many questions about vacuuming an above ground pool. Thankfully, there are many answers too.
Before you get started vacuuming your above ground pool, there are a few things you need handy and at your disposal. You can find most of these items at your local pool supply store. Hopefully you already have access to them so you can get started on the cleaning project as soon as possible.
You will definitely need a vacuum hose that is specifically designed to work in a pool. You will of course also need a vacuum head that fits on your device. You will also need a pool leaf rake or skimmer to get rid of the fallen leaves that float on the top of the pool.
You will also have to have an extension pole to get to those hard-to-reach places.
What you need:
The first step involves that skimmer.
You will use it to remove the bugs, leaves, and any other undesirable items that are floating on the top of the water. You will want to pull the skimmer out multiple times, clear it, and then use it again. This may take a while but it will be the first important step to getting your pool vacuumed and spotless.
Make sure that the pump is on and water is running through the filter as you use the skimmer.
Following that, it is time for you to pull the actual pool vacuum out and put it to good use. You need to attach the hose and the vacuum head and then attach the head to the extension pole.
After that is done, you will then lower the hose and the head into the pool. Extend the pole as much as you need to in order to reach the bottom of the pool and every corner. Once it has reached the right length, lock it into place so you can then use it all over the entire length of the pool. Continue to hold the free end of the hose in front of the water-return-outlet to fill the hose with water.
Keep one of your hands secured onto the pole to stop the vacuum head from continually floating to the surface. Keep priming the hose until it is completely full of water and there are no more bubbles rising.
Do you own a skimmer? This step is optional but it is also helpful if you have access to one.
Keep the hose deep in the water and then attach the skimmer disc. Slip that disk into the skimmer on the suction port to start the vacuum. This isn’t always necessary. Some vacuums require that you plug the hose directly into the suction port. If you have to pull the hose out of the water to attach the skimmer disc, do it quickly so that very little air gets back into the hose.
The vacuuming will continue.
You will stand in a spot where you can see the entire pool, especially the bottom of it. As you stay in that position, move the vacuum head slowly around the bottom of the pool. Try to follow a path and then repeat that path again and again every time you pass by with the vacuum head. Make sure that the head of the vacuum stays under the water at all times, otherwise it will lose its prime.
You will see progress being made at the bottom of the pool. A good rule of thumb is that when you think it looks complete, you should give it one or two more passes, just to make sure you have vacuumed up all of the junk, debris, and build-up that you might not be able to see from your vantage point. The entire process shouldn’t take too long but you need to be very methodical and careful during it.
As mentioned, do not let the vacuum head leave the water and make sure you keep a firm grasp on the extension pole at all times. You want to stand in a spot and position that is comfortable but also gives you access to a perfect view of the entire pool. You are able to move from that position, but do not move to a spot that loses sight of some of the pool corners.
There are some other things you can do to help the entire cleaning process work better and move faster too.
Perhaps one of the biggest questions about vacuuming your above-ground pool is: how often should it be done? You should clean your pool daily, at least making sure it is free of debris and clear of any major build-ups.
But you should vacuum your pool once a week to ensure that it is functioning well and staying clean. This is doubly important in the warm, bright days of summer when people want to use it often.
More people in the pool means more debris and, eventually, more trouble. You should stick to a strict schedule and always make sure that your pool is in the best shape possible.
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