A manually operated pool vacuum is a common way for swimming pool owners to keep their pools sparkling clean. Vacuuming is a part of the weekly maintenance that is necessary to ensure that all foreign debris is removed from the water. Leaves and other organic material, such as pollen, grass, insects and needles or seedlings, can promote algae growth. As the material decays and breaks apart, it supplies nutrients to algae, so the removal of any foreign debris is imperative.
Empty your skimmer basket and pump basket of any leaves or debris that may be present. Allow full, unimpeded access to the water once the vacuuming begins.
Use a telescopic metallic extension pole that can extend to a length of 16 feet and attach a weighted vacuum head. Attach a vacuum hose to the vacuum head that is 10 feet longer than the largest dimension of your pool.
Hold the pole and place the vacuum head on the floor of the pool. Hold the unattached end of the hose and allow the entire length of vacuum hose to become submerged to remove any air pockets that may be present. If air pockets are present, they act as a blockage inside of the hose and prevent the siphoning action from taking place. Running the pump without water flowing through it may damage the motor, shaft seal and impeller.
Attach the skim-vac adapter that came with your skimmer to the end of the water-filled hose.
Place the skim-vac attachment into the skimmer and rest it on top of your skimmer basket.
Turn your multi-port valve to the filter setting and turn on the pump. Vacuum the floor of your pool until the entire area has been vacuumed.
Turn off your pump and remove the entire vacuum system from the pool.