How to Vacuum an Above Ground Pool

Though smaller, above ground pools still largely require the same cleaning and maintenance as their in-ground counterparts. However, much of the task can be streamlined with a vacuum (again, just like in-ground pools).

There are many vacuums designed to clean above ground pools, but their functionality tends to be rather similar.

Let’s “dive” into some of the details involved with vacuuming above ground pools​.

Choosing a Vacuum

Is cheaper always better? No, but then again, neither is more expensive. Above ground pools may appear largely the same, but they do hold different capacities of water.

This is important to remember, as some vacuums are rated for smaller pools than others. The advantage here is that they tend to cost less – without sacrificing quality.

In general, ensure that you’re not purchasing a vacuum rated significantly higher than your pool’s size. It usually won’t impact performance or longevity, but will likely cost more.

Preparing the Pool’s Filtration System

Most above ground pool vacuums will connect directly to the pump’s filter. Therefore, you’ll need to remove the flap attached in front of the pump’s intake (just above its basket).

The basket can usually stay, as it tends to help the process. However, if a more advanced vacuum is used (typically unnecessary), the basket is easy to lift and usually has a handle attached.

You can remove the flap by squeezing its tabs at the bottom, then pull it straight up. Leave the pump running. You’ll find out why soon.

Hooking up the Vacuum

The vacuum head will need to be connected to one end of the hose. This will vary among manufacturers, but it’s usually very easy to identify which side to insert.

Ensure that it is secure, whether by screwing it in or listening for a click (varies among different models). Typically, the other side will connect to an attachment that covers the filter’s basket.

However, before connecting the other side, it must be cleared of air. This is why we asked you to leave the filtration system running; you’ll use one of its discharge tubes to replace the hose’s air with water.

Maintain a firm grip, as the pressure being released is enough to easily push it from your hands. As the air is being pushed out, you’ll see bubbles rising.

When the vacuum begins sinking back to the bottom, it’s a sign that the hose has been sufficiently filled with water.

Connecting the Vacuum to the Filtration System

Now, you’ll need to move it back to the filtration intake. However, do so while keeping the hose under water, as you don’t want more air entering back into it.

Submerge the filtration adapter before connecting it to the hose’s free end (this adapter is typically included with and labeled in the vacuum’s packaging).

Now, pass the adapter through the pool’s skimmer (where you previously removed the flap from) and connect it over the basket. You’ll want to complete this process quickly to prevent air from entering your pump and filtration system.

If too much air does enter, it may lock your pump. When this happens, simply turn off the system, turn it back on again and repeat this entire process.

If a strong flow of water continues from the discharge tools, you’re good to go. If you get bubbles or no discharge, it’s likely that too much air seeped inside.

Typically, the vacuum will take care of the rest automatically. Of course, each model is different, and some can be controlled or guided by an attached wand.

If yours is among them, remember to move the wand slowly to prevent scratches on your pool’s liner. It will also ensure that any debris is collected rather than pushed and scattered in the water.

Check out this Video on Vacuuming Above Ground Pools

Vacuuming your above ground pool is part of regular maintenance and care that will ensure your pool stays clean and healthy.

Now that you’ve learned all about vacuuming above ground pools, the only thing left is to enjoy your pool all summer long!

“Happiness is a day at the Pool”