Vacuuming Your Pool
Vacuuming is the most tedious part of taking care of your pool. The biggest problem you find with vacuuming are air pockets in the hose. If you don't correctly prime the hose, you will not get proper suction for vacuuming. Priming is the procedure of pushing all of the air out of the line. By sinking the hose beneath the water, you force any air to bubble out. Another way of priming is by placing the vacuum hose in front of the return. This forces water through the vacuum hose, and pushes any air pockets out of the line. A good indication that your hose is primed is that you will see the vacuum head bubble and rise up close to the surface, then submerge back down.
First, what you want to do is to connect all the pieces of your vacuuming equipment together. Connect the swivel end of the vacuum hose and the telescopic pole to the vacuum head. Submerge the vacuum head under water by pushing it down using the telescopic pole. Sink the hose, then place the unattached end of the hose directly in front of the return fitting. Slide the hose through the skimmer opening. Remember to keep the hose under water, otherwise you will lose your prime. Attach the vacuum plate to the hose while keeping it under water. Shut the filter off. Hold the vacuum plate over the skimmer basket. Turn the filter back on. You will feel the vacuum plate suck down onto the skimmer basket. If you do not feel that suction or the vacuum plate floats up once the filter is on, you do not have the hose primed. After you establish priming, you may begin vacuuming. Push the vacuum around slowly not to stir up any dirt. Keep checking your filter to make sure the pressure does not exceed 20 psi. Backwash when needed.