Pool Cleaning

Do You Remove the Skimmer Basket When Vacuuming the Pool?

Do You Remove the Skimmer Basket When Vacuuming the Pool?

If you own or maintain a pool, then you might be familiar with the various ways to keep it clean, like using vacuums and skimmers. These various cleaning methods and how to use them together can get confusing, and the way to use them can vary between different types of pools. You will need to…

when to vacuum a pool to waste

When to Vacuum a Pool to Waste

Purchasing a pool for your home is an exciting time. Owning a pool brings with it some new responsibilities, and you will probably have many questions. One of these will undoubtedly be when to vacuum a pool to waste and when to vacuum to filter? You will need to vacuum your pool to waste when…

Pool mainenance schedule

My Pool Maintenance Schedule with Printable Checklist

When I first bought my house with a pool I soon discovered that the only way to properly maintain my pool was to get into a regular maintenance schedule. That way I didn’t miss anything and ensured that I reduced the possibility of having problems. There are simple pool maintenance tasks that ideally should be…

How often should I backwash my pool

How Often Should I Backwash My Pool?

Backwashing your pool is essential to the health of your pool filter and your pump. Regular backwashing and proper pool maintenance can help you get the most out of your pool filter system. As a general rule you should backwash your pool filter once a week, normally after vacuuming. If you begin to lose suction…

vacuuming leaves from a pool

What Is the Best Way to Get Leaves out of a Pool

If you have lots of trees around your pool you are likely to get lots of leaves constantly falling in it, particularly during fall, and to deal with them effectively you need to act sooner rather than later. When vacuuming leaves from a pool, if there are many, you will constantly need to stop vacuuming…

What length pool vacuum hose do I need?

What Length Pool Vacuum Hose Do I Need?

What length pool vacuum hose is going to be best for your pool when vacuuming is a pretty easy question to answer. A pool vacuum hose should be long enough to reach to the farthest corner of your pool from your skimmer or vacuum port plus an allowance for the depth at that point. So…

how to vacuum a pool to waste

How to Vacuum Pool to Waste – Cleaning a Dirty Pool

If you have a very dirty pool, particularly when you open it in the spring, it is likely that the only way to clean it properly will be to vacuum the pool to waste. This means using the waste setting on a sand filter multiport valve in conjunction with your pool vacuum. Vacuuming pool to…

Can you vacuum a pool on backwash?

Can You Vacuum a Pool on Backwash?

Getting your first pool, and learning how to clean it yourself, can be quite confusing at first. Learning how to vacuum properly and efficiently is probably the most important thing to learn. So a question many people first have when getting a pool is should I vacuum a pool on backwash or waste or filter?…

how to remove air from a pool vacuum hose

How to Get Air out of Pool Vacuum Hose – Easy Guide

It is important to know how to prime a pool vacuum hose before you start to vacuum a pool to get rid of any air in it that will then feed into the pool filter system and perhaps create an air lock. Priming is just a more technical way of saying removing air. There are…

What is the best time of day to run a pool pump?

What Is the Best Time of Day to Run a Pool Pump?

I gave very little thought as to when to run my pool pump when I first had my pool and just let the timer run as it had been set by the previous home owner. Since then I have investigated the subject further and made some adjustments. There are many points of view as to…