How Can I Vacuum My Pool With a Garden Hose?

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Things You'll Need

  • Garden hose pool vacuum

  • Telescoping handle

Traditional pool vacuums hook up to the pool filter system to suck leaves and other debris off the floor of the pool. If your pool does not have a filter system, or you simply want an alternative vacuuming method, you can use a garden hose pool vacuum. These vacuums feature large vacuum bags, and they connect to your garden hose to create the vacuum suction.


Step 1

Connect the vacuum bag to the proper valve on the garden hose vacuum body. The vacuum bag will collect the dirt and debris that you vacuum up from the floor of the pool.

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Step 2

Remove the telescoping handle from your leaf skimmer. Some handles secure with two pins that you depress to remove the leaf skimmer. Other skimmers twist onto the threaded end of the wand. Twist the skimmer off and set it aside.

Step 3

Insert the telescoping handle into the handle hole on the garden hose pool vacuum. Insert the end of your garden hose into the hose valve on the vacuum. Turn on the water to the garden hose and lower the vacuum into the pool.


Step 4

Use the telescoping handle to slowly move the vacuum along the floor of the pool. If the vacuum loses suction, turn off the garden hose, pull the vacuum out of the pool and empty the vacuum bag.



Dawn Gibbs

Based in Richmond, Va., Dawn Gibbs writes about topics such as history, fashion, literature, crafts, alternative medicine and healthy living. Her work has appeared on and several style websites. Gibbs holds a Bachelor of Arts in history from Virginia Commonwealth University.