Having an inflatable pool can be so convenient these days that beaches and public pools are still not open to the public. Inflatable pools have a low infiltration system the reason why some dirt can be stuck at the bottom of the pool. So how do we clean it?
A pool vacuum is a quick solution to automatically remove debris from the bottom of your pool. It is a good investment to buy when you have an inflatable pool as it always serves its purpose.
How to Use a Pool Vacuum?
1. Attach the vacuum head to one head of the telescopic pole. This allows you to move the vacuum head around the bottom of the pool. There should be a clear place on the top of the head where you attach it to the pole.
2. Attach one head of the vacuum hose to the vacuum end.
3. Hold the pole in your hand and lower the vacuum head into the pool along with the hose. Make sure the other end of the hose is outside the pool.
4. Locate the filter skimmer on the walls of the pool.
5. Plug the other end of the hose into the water intake nozzle. This will send water through the hose. Once the hose is full of water, no bubbles will come out. At this point, suction will have been created and the head will be flat and tight on the pool floor.
6. Switch the filter nozzle to the intake mode and then guide the vacuum head using the telescopic pole along the floor. You will see the dirt get stuck in.
7. Disconnect the hose from the filter when you did. (Source: From Pleasure Pools)
4 main types of pool vacuum cleaners
1. Robotic Vacuum
Robotic vacuums are the most effective, energy-efficient option. The downside is they are also the most expensive than the other options. Instead of being attached to your existing filtration system, robotic vacuums are self-contained units that are plugged into an electrical outlet.
How to use a robotic vacuum?
Robotic vacuums are the easiest option to install. Once the cleaner caddy is hooked into a wall outlet, all you need to do is plug the cleaner into the caddy and submerge it in the pool. Then you can choose the programming option the caddies control and press start
2. Pressure – Side
Pressure-side vacuums attach to the pressure side of your filter pump and move around using the water pressure for force. They often require the use of a booster pump in addition to your current filtration system, which can increase water circulation but also increase your cost. Pressure side vacuums are generally a mid-priced option but the cost of the booster pump must be considered. They do not reduce strain on your filter by not dumping debris into it. Debris picked up by this type of vacuum is stored in a self-contained bag, but they are better at picking up larger debris than small and usually clean the bottom than the walls.
How to use a pressure-side vacuum?
When installing a pressure side vacuum, the dedicated pressure line in the pool is usually fitted with a quick-release connector. This attaches to the vacuum line, which must be adjusted to the correct length of the pool by following the instructions provided. All that is required once the vacuum is attached to the pump is to test the wheel speed and adjust the jet on the back for optimal wall climbing.
3. Suction -side vacuum
Suction-side vacuums attach to the suction side of your existing pool filter pump and dump vacuumed debris into the filter. The suction causes them to move randomly around the bottom surface of the pool. They are the cheapest option aside from manual vacuums, but they create additional wear and tear on your filter and do not always do the best job. However, for pool owners who have a limited budget and no time to do the job manually, a suction-side system will often suffice in a small pool.
How to use suction-side vacuums?
Suction -side cleaners have the advantage of being easy to install. Essentially you flood a hose, attach it to the suction side of your pool pump and attach the flooded suction cleaner. Valve adjustments may be necessary to ensure that the flow is in the desirable range.
4. Manual cleaners
A manual pool vacuum is attached to a long pole that is held by the user outside of the pool and driven over the surfaces to be cleaned. It is attached to the suction – side of the pool filtration pump and is the cheapest option. However, it requires regular manual labor and puts much the same drain on your filter as a suction-side pool cleaner.
Vacuuming is the easiest way of cleaning the bottom of your inflatable pool but what if you don’t have any vacuum pool cleaners at your home? Well, there are some other options to clean the bottom of your pool but it does take a little more effort to do so.
Here is the list of the alternate cleaning methods you can use without a pool vacuum
Skimmer and Pool Net
A pool skimmer is used to remove all the floating debris on the pool surface. Use the pool net to scoop debris from the bottom of your pool. It may take a lot of effort but it will be worth it when your pool will be cleaned.
You can use a leaf rake as a replacement for a pool vacuum. Use the rake to sweep off the debris from the bottom of your pool and after you pile it scoop it with a rake or a pool net.
Pool brushes are a great tool for cleaning. It can clean not only the bottom of your pool but also the walls of the pool. Brush the bottom to avoid being slimy and covered in algae.
One of the best alternative ways for those without a pool vacuum is to use a shop vac. It sucks up all the debris from the bottom of your pool.
Chlorine is a necessity for knowing how to clean dirt from the bottom of the pool. Chlorine kills things that make their way into the water and keep it looking clear.
The table below shows some of the best vacuums good for cleaning the bottom of your pool
|Vacuum Brand||Type||Weight||Hose/Cable Length||Booster Pump Required||Pros||Cons|
|Dolphin Nautilus CC Plus Robotic Pool Vacuum||Robotic||19 lbs||60 ft||No||Automatic. Cleans floor and walls. Comes with 2 filter sizes.Scheduling filters||Expensive. The cable can be tangled. Needs regular filter cleaning|
|Zodiac Baracuda G3 Automatic Pool Cleaner||Suction Side||8.16 lbs||39 ft||No||Automatic. Cleans floor walls and steps. Simply with few moving parts. Works with lower pumps||Slower than robotic options. Designed for in-ground pools. Can gey be clogged with big leaves? Not for large pools|
|Polaris F9550 Sport||Robotic||21 lbs||70 ft||No||Built-in filter. 7-day programmable timer. Dirty filter indicator. Cleans pool up to 60 ft long||Expensive.Can be easily tangled up. Not best for small debris|
|Hayward 500 Aqua Bug Above-Ground Automatic Pool Cleaner||Suction Side||21 lbs||32 ft||No||Affordable. Cleans up to 27 ft long. Easy installation.Simple and easy to maintain||Slower than robotic options. Designed for above-ground pools. Can get clogged with big leaves. not for large pools|
|XTREMEPOWERUS Suction Automatic Pool Cleaner Vacuum||Suction Side||12 lbs||32 ft||No||Budget-friendly.Cleans the floor and walls.Lightweight.Cleans pool up to 29 ft||Slower than robotic options.Can get clogged with big leaves.Not for large pools.|