What method should you use to vacuum your above ground pool with a cartridge filter?
Unless you own an auto pool cleaner, you will need to set up your vacuum cleaner manually when cleaning your pool.
Your pool strainer basket might remove that floating debris, and that means the bottom might have grime and grit.
That is why you need to vac your facility with cartridge filters.
Types of Above Ground Pool Vacuum Cleaners
These products range from robotic models with advanced features to small rechargeable units with simple features. Such products run automatically at the bottom of your pool with cartridge filter systems that help to pick the little dirt.
The suction models are the most efficient when cleaning above ground pools. They use multiple hoses that connect to your facility’s filtration pump to provide the cleaning power.
Suction models clean the pool fast thanks to their ability to pump a large amount of water at once. The best suction vacuum units have cartridge filters that help to get rid of the small particles like grime and silt.
You can also use hand-operated models and expect to enjoy a clean pool. They only require you to invest your time when maintaining your facility.
Step-by-Step Vacuuming Guide
Let us now look at the steps you should follow when vacuuming your above ground pool with a cartridge filter.
1. Ensure that the water level in your pool reaches the mid-level on the pool’s faceplate skimmer. Your vacuum’s suction ability will be affected if the water is too low.
2. Clean all the debris in the pool’s strainer. You should always ensure that the strainer basket is clean before you clean your facility.
3. Position your vacuum pool cleaner on the farthest corner of your facility’s filter unit. Connect the hose parts to ensure that the device reaches the pool’s skimmer basket.
The purpose is to have a long hose that can allow the vacuum to reach every corner of your pool.
4. Submerge the cleaner into the pool and press the hose into the water. That removes all the air that might be present inside the hoses.
A vacuum pool cleaner cannot work effectively when there is air in the hose.
5. Attach the adapter fitting onto the suction line of your pool’s skimmer. You might find it at the center of the pool – below the water surface.
Also, note that you might need to install a permanent adapter fitting on this line when connecting the hose.
For some pools, the line is found inside the pool skimmer canister on the deck. Here you will need to attach an elbow fitting to the suction line of the skimmer and then feed the hose via the flapper door.
6. Turn on the pool’s filtration and pull the vacuum cleaner to the side of your pool. Please take note of the wheels’ rotation speed to ensure they are working effectively.
You can adjust your pool’s pump system to guarantee optimal wheel rotation for your pool vacuum cleaner. The wheels rotate faster if the water flow is high, and that means your unit will not clean effectively.
A slow movement can also damage your vacuum cleaner. Find the optimal setting and then submerge the vacuum into the bottom of the pool.
7. Pull the vacuum out of the pool when cleaning is done. Disassemble the hoses, clean them, and then store them. You also need to clean the vacuum’s filters and strainer before you store the unit.
You can now vacuum your above ground pool with a cartridge filter without a hassle. Choose the unit that meets your needs and follow the above steps to ensure a clean pool.