How to Vacuum a Pool Without a Pump?

Swimming pool maintenance is important, particularly if you wish to increase the life span of your pool. Regular vacuuming keeps the pool in a healthy condition.

A pump is known for pushing water up the pipes giving room for proper circulation and even chemical distribution. If you own a pool, then you must know chlorine is added to the water as a disinfectant, and when mixed with water, chlorine forms a compound that kills harmful bacteria.

As much as a pool pump is needed in this kind of task, there are instances where you may lack one. Other times your pump may have stopped working, and while waiting for it to get fixed does not look like the best option since the pool still requires maintenance; you may opt for alternative measures to clean your pool.

Hence the pool owners need to learn how to vacuum a pool without using a pump. This article will outline some of the best ways to vacuum a pool in the absence of a pump.

Circulating Water Without  Using a Pump

There are two simple ways to circulate water without necessarily using a pump.

 Use a Siphoning Hose

This is a plastic tube with two open ends and is used for drainage purposes. This method of emptying a pool will require a hose long enough such that one end will entirely be immersed in the pool while the other end is attached to an outdoor faucet.

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You can also fix it to a garden hose to increase its length. For this to work, the drainage end should be lower than the other end of the hose.

Here are some simple steps to follow when using a siphoning hose;

  1. Step one submerge one end of the hose in the pool and attach the other end to an outdoor faucet.
  2. Step two turn the faucet on for a full stream of water into the pool.
  3. Step three, with an empty pool, allow fresh water to flow In.

Use a Shop Vacuum

This is an excellent alternative to pump water out of the pool, unlike the siphoning hose that takes a long time to drain the pool. This vacuum takes a shorter duration.

How it works

This vacuum cleaner creates a suction effect from the vacuum bag attached to the cleaner. The automated vacuum has electric motors that spin a fan, which, in turn, suck in the air into the vacuum bag, thus creating a negative pressure build-up Into the vacuum hose pushing water right into the hose. Here are the simple steps you need to follow when using a vacuum cleaner.

  1. Step one Make sure the vacuums hose is long enough, and it can provide a reasonable distance between the pool and the vacuum. If the vacuum hose is not long enough, you can extend it using a standard garden hose.
  1. Step two Connect the hose to the vacuum and turn the vacuum cleaner on. The vacuum will suck water through the hose draining straight into the debris’s bag.
  1. Step three After the pool is completely drained open; the debris bag is allowing water to flow out.

This method is suitable for both in-ground pools and above ground pools.

 Ways to Keep the Pool Spotless Clean

 Maintain Pool Water levels

The pool water level reduces or increases due to specific reasons, but it is important to keep it at the correct level. Change of the weather, for example, a more extended rainy season, could see a rise to pool water levels .furthermore, pool water loses some amount of water every day due to evaporation.

Skimmers are known to keep the pool sparkly clean. But if the water level is not right, skimmers may stop working. If the water levels are too high (that is about one-third of the pool), debris may evade being sucked into the skimmer.

Also, if the level is too low, skimmers may suck air into the system, then your pool pump motors are at risk of burning.


This is described as the raising of chlorine levels in water for a short period to kill bacteria and algae. The best time to shock your pool is at night when there is no swimming going on. This is because the sun boils the chlorine out If the pool.

Floss the pool

Flossing your pool prevents the build-up of debris in your pool. Attach your garden hose and spray. Some microscopic substances resist chemicals and are responsible for cloudiness in swimming pools. Regular flossing prevents this from happening. 


Skimming is one effective way to keep your pool clean. With all the possible debris’s that you could encounter in your swimming pool, the likes of leaves, twigs, or insects, swimming in such a mass of water is not satisfactory; hence skimming is required more often. Skim the pool on a daily basis if possible

Brush It

Brush the walls on the side of your swimming pool. This helps keep the water in motion preventing the build-up of algae and bacteria.

Check Chemical Levels

Water Hardness:

The following stage in offsetting our water manages the water hardness. Calcium hardness attributes to the measure of minerals, for this situation, calcium, which is available in the water. The ideal range for Calcium Hardness is 200 – 400 ppm.

To raise the Calcium Hardness, you will need to utilize Calcium Chloride. On the off chance that you are encountering high Calcium Hardness levels, you should either deplete the pool totally, or halfway, and top off with new water.


The pH alludes to the general sharpness of the water. Utilizing the pH scale, which ranges from 1.0 – 14.0, we will need to get the water out in the ideal scope of 7.4 – 7.6. Anything with a pH level beneath 7.0  suggests an acidic condition (low pH), while a pH level above 7.0 suggests a basic condition (high pH).

Upon your readings, you will need to include either a pH increaser (Sodium Carbonate) or a pH decreaser (Sodium Bisulfate). Keeping your pH appropriately adjusted is significant because irregularity can cause harm to the skin.


Before including synthetic concoctions, it’s critical to turn your siphon ON so the synthetic substances will flow through the pool. Likewise, when working with artificial substances, you can just include a specific sum for every 10,000 gallons of water at once.

If you have to include more than the most extreme sum (per 10,000 gallons), at that point, you should include it in increases. You ought to permit in any event 6 hours between increments. Stunning a pool is a gadget used to acquaint enormous amounts of chlorine with the water on the double, keeping up or reestablishing chlorine balance.


Lastly, the factor we have to adjust is Chlorine. Chlorine is utilized as a sanitizer or disinfectant to execute any microorganisms, living life forms, smelling salts, and different contaminants in the pool. There are a couple of various alternatives to Chlorine. You can get it in a gas, fluid, granular, or tablet structure. To have a good pool,  Chlorine must be inside the range of 2.0 – 4.0.


A pool is a great recreational facility that you can have In your homes, but it also comes with responsibility. Maintaining your pool increases, it’s the life span and also a healthy pool with good water circulation.



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