How to Vacuum a Small Intex Pool When Algae Runs Right Through the Filter Bag

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Intex makes several different kinds of aboveground pools that range from vinyl-inflated pools to metal-framed pools that use a vinyl liner. Along with the pool, Intex manufactures all of the products you need to clean your pool. If the algae in your pool filters directly through the dirt collection bag, otherwise known as the filter bag, on your pool vacuum, you need to take measures to stop the algae from spreading into the pool water.

Things You'll Need

  • Cheesecloth
  • Pool vacuum
  • Water hose
  • Spigot
  • Line the inside of the filter bag with a cheesecloth or microfiber rag. Secure the filter bag to the vacuum.

  • Connect the vacuum pole to the vacuum head by threading the female threads on the pole into the male threads on the vacuum head.

  • Thread the coupler on the garden hose onto the garden hose adapter on the vacuum head.

  • Connect the other end of the garden hose to a spigot.

  • Place the head of the vacuum into the water and turn on the spigot.

  • Place the vacuum head against the sidewall of the pool and vacuum top to bottom. Overlap subsequent stoke by 50 percent until you vacuum the entire pool wall.

  • Place the vacuum on the floor of the pool and vacuum just as you would with a regular vacuum. Start at one end of the pool and work your way from side to side moving backwards as you work you way across the pool.

  • Empty the filter bag when it fills with debris and algae. Rinse off the cheesecloth and place the cheesecloth back into the bag before continuing the sweeping process.

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