How To Manually Vacuum a Pool if You Have a Suction Side Cleaner Installed


Vacuuming a pool from a suction side cleaner is something that is very easy to do. All you really need is a good vacuum head and a standard swimming pool pole. You would just use the hoses that are attached to the skimmer or the side port of the swimming pool. There’s no need to use a standard vacuum hose with a suction side cleaner because the hoses are already in the pool.

You may need to adjust the section of the cleaner in some cases, and this can be done either at a valve by the pool equipment that controls the side port or at the skimmer with the skimmer regulator for the cleaner. Most of the time I don’t bother to adjust the suction and just use whatever suction the cleaner had before with the manual vacuum head. Besides that, if you do have it connected to the side port you really can’t open up the suction completely because that would cause too much cavitation in the pool pump. It’s also a hassle to adjust the skimmer regulator valve and then adjust it back again so I usually leave it alone if I’m vacuuming from the skimmer connection.

The manual vacuum head or a standard vacuum head will connect easily to most universal suction side cleaner pool hoses. The only real exception is the Zodiac MX8 or MX6 or any of the Zodiac cleaners with the locking hoses. In that case, you will need the Zodiac manual vac head hose adapter. This adapter is designed to connect your manual vacuum head to the locking hoses so that you can vacuum out a pool using Zodiac locking-type hoses.

I like using the Pentair Pro Vac because it is probably the best vacuum head then you can buy. It has bearing wheels and also weights to hold it down on the pool bottom. And it has a swivel handle which makes it very easy two spot vacuum a pool from the suction side hoses. You can use any manual vacuum head but I prefer using the Pentair Pro Vac because to me it just makes vacuuming the pool very quick and easy. it is not the cheapest vacuum head it is close to $100 in cost but the Pentair #R201276 214 is a vacuum head that will last a very long time and again it makes vacuuming very hassle-free.

You connect the man you vacuum head two ways. You can turn the pool off, pull the suction side cleaner to the side of the pool remove the cleaner head and then take the hose and attach it to the manual vacuum. I prefer doing this with the pool running mainly because a lot of times the pool pump and timer are pretty far from the pool and it’s just a matter of going back and forth and kind of wasting time. So, I will pull the cleaner head towards the side of the pool with everything submerged take the cleaner head oof and then stick the hose against the pool wall and the suction from the pump keeps it pinned to the wall until I can get my vacuum head submerged and attach to the lead hose to the vacuum head. Doing this with the pool on of course takes some practice and it’s easier to turn the pool off attached to the hose of the manual vacuum head, put the vacuum head in the pool, and then turn the pool back on.

Note but you can only do this with a suction side cleaner and this does not work with a pressure side cleaner. A pressure-side cleaner is not connected to a side port or the skimmer but uses a dedicated return line to move that cleaner around the pool. How do you know if your cleaner is a section-side cleaner? It will be attached to the Side Port or skimmer and will have 1 1/2 inch in diameter hoses. If you are a homeowner with a suction side cleaner there’s really no need for you to purchase a 40 foot or 50-foot pool hose. Again, are you in need is it good manual vacuum head and a pool pole.

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