'Did your pump break down and you are wondering how to vacuum your pool without a pump? Its Christmas time and people love getting into the water and have fun. However, you can only have an enjoyable swim if your pool is clean enough. If your pump broke and you are wondering how to clean your pool, this article has more on that.
Here is how you can do that-
Use your pool filter
Pool filters are great when it comes to pool cleaning. When performing routine maintenance by cleaning or vacuuming your pool, you don’t have to adjust your filter settings at all. The standard settings will work well. To clear a huge amount of debris from the pool you may need to adjust the setting of the filter to compensate before you start vacuuming.
Depending on your pool’s size and style, you may need to use two or more settings on the filter to control the process.
These filters offer several options with special settings specifically for pool vacuuming including ‘waste’, which is a setting that pumps water from the pool as it passes through the filter. The setting is important as it prevents debris from clogging the filter with algae and debris.
By using this method, the pool water level will drop as you vacuum the pool. You may use a garden hose with a hose filter attached to it to add more water as you vacuum and keep air away from the skimmer inlet.
Two-position valve filters
Also known as “push-pull” valve filters, the filters are common on small pools and don’t have a waste option. Instead, it only has filter settings and the water that you vacuum, the filter will pull and clean it and then send it back to the pool.
The setting is ideal for routine cleaning, as long as you backwash the pool filter after vacuuming the pool.
Vacuum your pool now
Why lie? You are in for a tough task if you are planning on vacuuming your pool by hand. Also, the process will take some time and so you should not make plans for this afternoon.
You need to start at the shallow end, and move slowly as you move to the deep end with long and slow sweep-strokes to clean. Always make sure the strokes slightly overlap to avoid leaving behind any debris.
If your pool has much debris, you are likely to cause cloud regardless of how careful you are but you don’t have to hurry. If the water turns cloudy, simply give it several hours to settle and then come back to vacuum again.
Also, check the filter's pressure gauge when vacuuming. Once the pressure rises above the necessary levels by the manufacturer, you can rest and backwash the filter.
After you hand-vacuum the pool
Once you are done cleaning the pool, disconnect the vacuum head from the pole and drain any water present at the vacuum hose. Connect your cleaning brush to the pole and scrub algae, debris or dirt from the sides of your pool.
Clear all the debris in your vacuum strainer basket and backwash your filter for the last time if your filter has multiple ports and use filter settings. If you earlier used “waste” settings when vacuuming the pool, switch the valve back to “filter” setting and keep adding clean water into your pool until you get the original water level.
After filling water, test the water to adjust its Ph, alkalinity, and chlorine if need be.
Rinse your equipment with clean water, dry it and then return it to the storage room. By doing so, you will keep it in good condition and away from wear or corrosion.
They say that an ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure and this is true when it comes to pool maintenance. If you make a habit of cleaning your pool regularly, you limit the amount of debris in the pool and that means it will be easier to clean it without a pump. Also, always make sure your pool has a cover when not in use and before removing the cover you need to sweep off the debris to avoid them falling into the pool.
Evidently, you don’t have to use a pump to vacuum your pool. Just follow the above tips and get a sparkling clean pool this holiday season!