Pool Vacuuming? You might be thinking. Why do I need to vacuum my pool by hand when I have an automatic pool cleaner? Shouldn’t that little robot be doing all the work for me?
Well, yes. Some of it. But an advanced pool cleaning service it is NOT. While an automatic cleaner is an indispensable tool, it can toss debris right back into the water when it tries to vacuum a swimming pool full of debris, or worse, algae. If you’re dealing with a mean, green infestation, manual pool vacuuming is pretty much required to fight the little water squatters.
We’re not gonna lie. You’re in for quite a workout if you’re going to vacuum your pool by hand. And it’s going to take some time, too, so don’t make any other plans for the afternoon. You could save yourself the sore back and the lost leisure time and hire the great folks at Aqua Clear Pool Services in San Diego, CA. They have the expertise and skills and all the equipment needed to properly vacuum your pool.
If you decide to try it yourself, start at the shallow end and slowly move toward the deep end of the pool. Use long, slow, sweeping strokes to clean. Make sure your strokes overlap slightly to avoid leaving any debris behind.
Not to beat a dead horse, but this is no time to go for the world pool cleaning speed record. Rushing will just kick up debris, which will reduce visibility and take hours to settle down again, leaving you on the hook for another super-fun session of vacuuming your pool. If you’ve got a load of debris, you’ll likely kick up a cloud no matter how careful you are, but there’s no need to make more work for yourself by rushing through it.
If the water does become cloudy, give it a couple of hours to resettle, then come back and vacuum again, repeating as necessary.
If the vac head becomes stuck, switch off the pump for a second to break the vacuum force and set it free. Also, be sure to monitor your pool filter’s pressure gauge as you vacuum. If the pressure rises above the levels recommended by the manufacturer, take a break, and backwash your filter.
When you’ve finished cleaning your pool, remove the vacuum head from the telescoping pole, and drain any water still in the vacuum hose. Attach your cleaning brush to the pole, and use it to scrub away any algae, dirt, and debris from the sides of the pool.
Clear any debris in your pump strainer basket, and give the filter a final back washing if you have a multi-port system and used the “Filter” setting.
If you used the “Waste” setting to vacuum the pool, make sure you switch the valve back to the “Filter” setting, and keep adding fresh water to your pool until the water level is restored.
Once you’ve topped off your water, test your pool water, and adjust your alkalinity, pH, and chlorine as necessary. If you think this is starting to sound like a lot of work that’s because it is, but it’s necessary to keep your pool clean and safe. If you’d rather be doing just about anything else call the professionals at Aqua Clear Pool Services at 858-251-4151 they would be more than happy to set you up with a regular cleaning to your pool healthy and running smooth.