How To Vacuum An Inground Pool
16 Jul How To Vacuum An Inground Pool
The Proper Way to Vacuum an In-Ground Pool
Vacuuming a pool seems like a simple task, yet it intimidates even the handiest of homeowners. This post from the SF Gate presents a DIY guide to setting up and properly utilizing the pool vacuum. It may surprise some people that there is, indeed, a proper way to vacuum a swimming pool. Not doing this task properly can not only damage pool equipment, but can make the pool messier than before the supposed clean up.
Here is an excerpt from the post:
Maintaining a sparkling, clean in-ground swimming pool requires a multitiered approach. Proper balance of pH and chlorine are the first level. Control of debris and foreign matter is next. Small particulates suspended in the pool are removed by the normal circulation of water through the filter. Larger, floating debris such as leaves are trapped in strainer baskets as the water passes through the skimmer or may be manually scooped out as required using a skimmer net on a telescoping pole. Dirt, debris and other contaminants that sink to the bottom of the pool, however, usually require vacuuming. Because debris in a pool may vary greatly from day to day depending on usage, many pool experts recommend vacuuming a residential pool “whenever it needs it” rather than sticking to a rigid schedule.
Pool vacuum heads are designed to attach to a universal snap fitting on the end of a telescoping pole that extends to a full length of 12 feet to 16 feet. This is the same pole that typically also accommodates a skimmer net, a pool brush and a hook for retrieving rafts and other flotation devices from the pool. Pool vacuum hoses come in lengths from 25 feet to 50 feet, with the shorter lengths being the most common for residential pools. Hoses generally have a swiveling 1.5-inch cuff at each end that attaches to the vacuum head and plugs into the skimmer vacuum port. The vacuum head for a standard concrete in-ground pool rides on a set of small plastic wheels that keep the vacuum head slightly elevated above the floor of the pool.
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