How to Vacuum an Above Ground Pool

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A pool in your backyard is great; a pool in your neighbor's yard is better. Although a pool can provide family fun and entertainment, it can also require a lot of upkeep. Typically, you want to vacuum your above ground pool once a week to keep the bottom clear of debris.

Things You'll Need

  • Vacuum hose
  • Telescopic pole
  • Vacuum head
  • Threaded hose adapter (optional)
  • Unroll your vacuum hose out straight so that it doesn't kink as you work your way around the pool.

  • Attach your vacuum head to your telescopic pole and then take one end of the hose and push it onto the fitting atop the vacuum head.

  • Extend the pole to the desired length so that when you drop the vacuum head into the bottom of the pool, you have enough pole to maneuver.

  • Place the vacuum into the water and rest the pole along the side of the pool so that it doesn't slip into the water.

  • Prime the hose by slowly pushing the hose down into the water until you get to the other cuff. This fills the hose with water.

  • Remove the skimmer lid and basket. Take your hose and place your hand in the water over top of the cuff so that you keep the water inside and keep the air out. Bring the cupped hose to the skimmer basket and stick it into the bottom hole.

  • Use your poll to roll the vacuum head over the pool floor.

Tips & Warnings

  • Go to your local pool store and buy a threaded hose adapter if your hose doesn't fit tightly into the skimmer.
  • Consider purchasing an automatic above ground vacuum cleaner to do all of the work for you.
  • Don't let the vacuum head emerge from the water or air will enter the hose and lose its prime.

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