How to Vacuum Above Ground Pool? [Simple & Easy Steps]

How to Vacuum Above Ground Pool

Pool maintenance is essential to enjoy swimming. You need to clean your pool regularly.

With time debris can accumulate at the surface of the water that can further lead to algae growth and you might not like to enjoy your weekend in green water

In this article, you will get to know about how to vacuum above ground pools and clean the algae growth using different tools.

You can do it by yourself or can also hire a professional for this purpose.

Let’s dive into the simple and easy steps of vacuuming pools.

How to Vacuum Algae From Above Ground Pool?

As told you that if you will not clean your above-ground pool regularly then it can cause algae growth.

If you have found your pool water green then it is surely algae.

So you need to vacuum algae and you can do it as follows.

  1. Bypass the filter and vacuum the waste of the pool.
  2. Set up the waste line of pool to take the debris and algae out of the pool.
  3. Be sure that the water level is not too low when you are doing this process.
  4. If the water reaches 6 inches below the tiles then stop the process.
  5. Turn off the system and turn on the pump to refill the pool and then continue the procedure until all the debris is removed.

How to Vacuum Above Ground Pool without Pump?

You have to clean your pool to maintain your home’s beauty.

Pool pumps are very ideal for this purpose but you might need to clean your above-ground pool manually like your automatic pool cleaner is damaged or broken.

So if you want to vacuum your above-ground pool without a pump then you need to follow the below steps.

  1. Get a vacuum head, plate, long pipe, and telepole.
  2. Attach one end of the telephone with a vacuum head.
  3. Now attach the hose with the top hole at the vacuum head.
  4. Place the head, hose, and telepole on the floor of the pool.
  5. Attach the second end of the hose with the pool pump and filter that are still running. In this way, you will block all the air coming into the pool water. It will first create bubbles in the pool water; you need to wait for the bubbles to stop.
  6. Now detach the hose from the vacuum head and attach it to the vacuum plate. It is for blocking the hose completely to take it to the skimmer. And if you have no vacuum plate then you can use your hands by taking the skimmer basket out.
  7. Insert the hose in the skimmer hole properly.
  8. Start cleaning your pool from its shallow part and move to the deep surface. Long slow strokes with minor overlaps will help you to remove the entire debris.
  9. You have to do the process calmly as doing it in hurry will kick the debris from the pool floor.
  10. If the debris comes above the water then you need to wait until the debris again settles down the pool water. Resume cleaning until you get a clean pool.

How to Vacuum Above Ground Pool without Skimmer?

If you do not want to use a skimmer or have no access to the skimmer then you can do the vacuuming of your above-ground pool in the following manner.

  1. Get a vacuum head, telescoping pole, hose, and skim plate.
  2. Prime the vacuum. Remove all the air to make it tight suction.
  3. Now when you do have not a skimmer, so your inlet is free. Attach the open end of the hose with this inlet.
  4. You can start vacuuming your pool. Start from the one end of the pool and move next until the water is clean.
  5. Detach the hose and clean all the tools from the waste.

How to Vacuum Above Ground Pool with Sand Filter?

If you have a sand filter in your above-ground pool then you can vacuum it as follows.

  1. Take a scoop net and remove the large leaves and debris from the pool water.
  2. Take the vacuum head and attach it to the pipe and hose of the vacuum head.
  3. Flood the hose with water to make sure that there is no air in the system.
  4. Attach hose pipe with the skimmer.
  5. Start vacuuming gently on the sides and floor of the pool. At the end disconnect the tools and clean all the debris from them.

How to Vacuum Above Ground Pool with Cartridge Filter?

The cartridge filter is a great cleaning device and works more efficiently than other machines.

  1. Keep the water level of the pool to the skimmer.
  2. Place the vacuum cleaner a bit far from the filtering system and be sure that there is no air in the system.
  3. Attach all the tools in the right holes. You can check the manufacturers’ guide for this purpose.
  4. Turn on the pump and closely monitor the filtering system.
  5. The water flow should be greater. It will make the cleaning process easy and the wheel will rotates faster.

Can You Use Any Pool Vacuum with an Above Ground Pool?

No, you cannot use any kind of vacuums on your above-ground pool.

You can run manual pool vacuums, robotic pool vacuums, and suction side pool vacuums to clean your above-ground pool. But you cannot use a pressure side pool vacuum in your above-ground pool because they have no water return lines.

What Setting Do You Use to Vacuum a Pool?

Use the following settings to vacuum a pool.

  1. At first, you need to attach the vacuum head to the end of the pole.
  2. Attach the hose with the vacuum.
  3. Insert skim-vac on the open end of the hose.
  4. Turn the pump off.
  5. Submerge a hole into the pool to release the air from the system. Open the skimmer and insert the skim-vac in the hose inside the skimmer. And then you can begin vacuuming your above-ground pool.

Final Words

It is advised to vacuum pool to make it clean and clear from debris, leaves, and algae.

In this article, you have well known how to vacuum above ground pool and can now keep your pool clean and tidy.

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Collin

Collin is an Electronics Engineer & loves doing repair and maintenance tasks. He has a passion for learning new stuff and teaching others.

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