How to Vacuum an Above Ground Pool?

If you own or would like to own an above-ground swimming pool, you should contemplate giving it the necessary maintenance and care. For the safety of swimmers and a good lifespan of your pool maintenance and neatness is essential.

Regular vacuuming prevents algae from growing on the floor and walls of your pool hence providing healthier and clean water to swim in.

Maintaining a clean pool all comes down to the right appliances, and the market has a lot to offer when it comes to vacuum cleaners. But the good news is an above ground pool does not require too much sustenance as an inground pool and essential regular vacuuming will do the trick.

There are two general ways of cleaning a pool; manually, where you use a regular pool vacuum and an automatic pool vacuum.

 Cleaning the Pool Manually

While there are plenty of automated vacuum cleaners going the old fashion way can save you the costs. Vacuuming your pool manually involves the aid of a head with rollers and brushes a large roll of plastic hose and an extended covering material or metal pole.

The work could seem tiresome. However, it is nothing compared to what you will be needed to try and do to balance the water chemistry. If you do not vacuum the pool. The waste on the floor of your pool ends up in algae growth, which might simply flip your pool into a slimy mass of water.

The first step of manually vacuum cleaning is purchasing a vacuum meant specially for an above ground pool. However, to vacuum your pool appropriately, you may need a couple of things apart from the vacuum itself.

You may require a pool skimmer or leaf rake that will assist in getting the massive chunks of debris out of the pool before you start operating your vacuum.

The next step will be getting a long extension pole. The method of vacuuming your pool without an extension pole would be a frustrating and tedious job. Using a long pole would ensure reach the bottom floor of the pool for better cleaning.

Another critical piece is the skimmer plate with the vacuum. This is the plate to which the hose is attached so that it fits over your skimmer.

Lastly, you are going to need a vacuum hose and the head of the vacuum to do its job. These items should be included in the payment while purchasing the vacuum.

Process of Vacuuming Manually

Using a leaf rake or skimmer, remove leaves, bugs, and other surface debris from the pond. Check the skimmer basket and, if necessary, clean it out. Turn on the pump and confirm that water is safely running through the filter.

Before the vacuum head is inserted into the water, make sure to attach the vacuum head to the swivel end of the hose. The head should  be fixed to the metal or the fiberglass extension. You can lower the assembly to the bottom of the pool.

In the end, lock the pole in the right position and leave it on the side of the pool. Make sure that the pole can be easily reached through the water return outlet

Attach the skimmer disc to the skimmer when you are ready to vacuum the bottom of the pool. Some vacuums will require a plugin, the horse end of the suction port. If that is the case, make sure that the end of the hose is removed from the water so that the skimmer disc can be fixed as quickly as possible without allowing air into the hose.

Standing in a position where you can view the bottom of the pool. Slowly move the vacuum head back and forth over the bottom of the pool. Be patient and careful while doing this.

If you use a lot of force, you will provoke the deposits at the bottom, dispersing debris all over the water. This will make it hard for the vacuum to pick it up. Maintain the position of the head underwater at all times, or the vacuum will lose its prime. Continue the vacuum process until the floor is spotless.

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Cleaning the Pool Using an Automatic Vacuum

Using a manual vacuum cleaner is equivalent to moving your vacuum inside your home. It is also a long process compared to what happened to the use of automatic pool cleaners. But the biggest advantage, or pool vacuums over automatic ones, is that they’re the cheaper option.

The biggest advantage when it comes to automatic vacuums is their ability to clean in a very short period of time hassle-free.

Most automated pool cleaners come with a  remote control that allows you to move them from one area to another. This allows you to direct the pool cleaner to a specific area that may require additional cleaning.

All you have to do is plug in your automatic vacuum, manually place it in the pool and clean it yourself. Manual vacuuming is a hassle and takes hours to complete. As such, these pool cleaners are ideal for people with large pools who are willing to repay their budget with less effort and time. Make sure, however, that you are using your automatic cleaner.

Remember that it will take your automatic cleaner several hours to maintain a large pool. At the top, its filters will need to be rinsed to maintain their performance. But if you want a clean pool in a short period of time, then automatic pool cleaning is worth the investment.

There is another interesting detail about the vacuum robotic pool cleaner. Since these machineries do not emit dangerous chemicals, you will have confidence in knowing that your pool water is healthy for the environment and hygienic for the whole family to enjoy.

Comfort and convenience are what make them preferable to pool owners. All you need to do is empty and clean your filter filtration bin. After washing and drying, the machine is ready for yet another cleanup session.

Suction-Side The suction side pool vacuum was the first to hit the market, followed shortly thereafter by the power side pool vacuum. Both types of pool cleaners use the suction of the pool pump to move and remove debris from the pool floors. They are, however, limited in their capacity. They follow a random path and do not always clean very effectively, even excluding some areas of the pool.

They have to be regulated as they can easily be blocked, and the drains could also coil, making them useless. Both the suction side and power side pool cleaners require regular maintenance and consume large amounts of electricity so that they can be expensive to own. While not ideal, these automatic pool vacuums have served us well for many years and improved over time.

Pressure -side Pressure-side applies the water pressure of the pool pump or booster pump to move it across the pool. This forces debris and dirt in your filter bin that can easily be removed. Automated pool cleaners commonly use high efficient electric engines that consume much less energy to generate airflow as well as provide power to drive them.

Like a vacuum cleaner, the pool robot sucks debris from the pool and keeps it in the machine. Filters secure the flow of clean water into the pool. Most robotic pool cleaners have spinning brushes that absorb dirt and algae growth. 


Above ground, pools are simple to maintain if you have the right appliances for pool vacuuming. There are a variety of alternatives to choose from. You can go the old fashion way and decide to clean your pool manually, or you can decide to buy an automated vacuum that is hassle-free and fast—all this in the effort to ensure a cleaner and healthier pool.



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