How to Vacuum to Waste Above Ground Pool

Are you Tired of Cleaning your Pool?

The swimming pool is now a part of almost every household. It is important in terms of health as well. Swimming is a good exercise as it keeps the body fit.

But the main problem comes with cleanliness, when it is time to clean the pool then things become very difficult. With the technological increase, things have become easy. Now there are a lot of different methods available which have made cleaning the pool easy.

Many people cover their pool during winters and open it in springs. When the pool is reopened in springs it becomes hectic and time-consuming to remove all the dirt and debris from the pool that is when a vacuum to waste above ground pool comes in.

Why it is Essential to Clean a Pool with a Vacuum?

Our pool builds up small particles or debris that nobody wants to go through a filter like algae. We can easily send the debris through the vacuum and directly out of the pool by vacuuming on the waste setting.

Vacuuming to waste can be possible with a filter system controlled by a multi-port valve, commonly seen on sand filters. Normally, vacuuming is done on the “filter” setting, as “waste” sends both water and contaminants out of the pool through the backwash hose

How and What to do When Vacuum to Waste

Multiport Valve

If you have a multiport valve with 6 settings then set the valve handle into the “Waste” or “Drain” position. Roll out the backwash hose if you have one, and begin vacuuming as fast as you can manage. Remember, the water level is dropping!

Push-Pull valve

For push-pull valves use a piston with two disks and have only two settings, either filter or backwash. In the down position In the down position, the water is directed through the tank on Filter mode, returning to the pool after it exits the filter tank. In the up position, the water enters the waste line as it exits the filter. (Pac-Fab push-pull valves have a reverse operation, up for Filter, down for Backwash).

Why and When we Should Vacuum to Waste

Vacuuming to waste is helpful when you have a lot of debris in the swimming pool, especially silty dirt that clogs up the filter rapidly. When one vacuum to waste, the water never enters the filter tank, but is jettisoned out the waste port, and exits through the backwash hose or pipe.

How to Set up your Vacuum Cleaner

Attach the vacuum head to the T-Pole. Connect the vacuum head to the swivel end of the vacuum hose. Fully extend the T-Pole. Lower the vacuum head carefully to the bottom of the pool – try not to disturb any debris on the floor. Connect the skim-vacuum to the other end of the hose. Once attached, place over a return fitting to purge the air from the vacuum hose.

Keeping the skim vacuum close to the surface of the water, make your way to the skimmer without letting air back into the vacuum hose. Put the skim-vacuum into the skimmer through the top, or the throat of the skimmer on top of the skimmer basket

How to Vacuum to Waste a Pool

What you need


Step 1-Fill the pool before beginning, and run the hose while vacuuming.

Step 2-Shut off-pump and switch the multiport valve to the Drain to Waste Position.

Step 3-Vacuum as fast as possible, the water level can drop fast.

Step 4-Stop vacuuming when the skimmer begins to suck air, allow the pool to refill.

Step 5-Move the backwash hose frequently to avoid erosion and oversaturation.

What to do After Vacuuming

Step 1-After vacuuming, turn the pool pump off and disconnect the skim vacuum. Take out all of your vacuuming equipment and return it to storage.

Step 2-Clean the skimmer basket and the pump basket of all remains.

Step 3-Make sure that the water level is in central of the skimmer opening.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q1: Why it is important to leave the pool after vacuuming?

Ans: It is important to leave the pool for 24 hours as it allows all the dust to sit down.

Q2: Which setting is more appropriate while vacuuming?

Ans: Go for filter setting.

To Wrap it up

Vacuum to waste basically means that the pump pushes the water into the filter valve, which will change it straight into the waste line bypassing the filter sand, grids or cartridges.

There are different ways to vacuum a pool to waste, depending on which type of filter valve you have – a multiport valve or a push-pull (also called slide) valve, or even no filter valve at all. Protection Status
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