Skimmer Socket Method

- cleaning via the skimmer socketin-ground pump and filter box

Despite the advances made in every branch of science, There are basically only 3 ways to get dirt out of your pool: -

  • With a net
  • With a vacuum cleaner
  • With the filtration system

A pool cannot be totally, 100%, cleaned in one go.  The idea is to get out as much dirt and debris as possible with a vacuum cleaner (automatic or manual) and a net and then to put the rest of the dirt in suspension in the water to give the circulation / filtration system a fighting chance of grabbing it

A typical in-ground filter/pump installation is shown on the right

Skimmer Socket Method

  • Turn the pump switch to ‘off ‘, set the Rotary Valve to ‘Filter’
  • Close the ‘Bottom Drain’ valve; open the ‘Skimmer’ valve
  • Attach the floating tube to the vacuum head, sink the vacuum head to the bottom of the pool and fill the tube with water by feeding it beneath the surface
  • Take hold of the tube below the surface where it comes up from the vacuum head
  • Submerge the tube little by little (imagine that you're climbing up a rope) and all the air will come out of the free end of the tube
  • Remove the skimmer lid and basket and plug the free end of the tube into the skimmer socket
  • Block off any other skimmer sockets
  • Turn the pump switch to ‘on’
  • Begin the vacuuming - edges first and then in overlapping swathes, returning along the same path to cover the entire bottom and steps.  Use the tiles or your feet as a gauge to keep straight lines if you can't see the bottom of the pool
  • Remove bottom debris with the net
  • Brush the wall at the water level - scrub gently with the brush to loosen dirt
  • Brush the sides - with downward strokes of the brush - to dislodge dirt, dust and bio-film
  • At the bottom of each stroke stop about 15cm (6”) from the start of the slope to set up a swirl, pushing any settled dust away from the sides of the pool where it will settle out to be vacuumed away next time
  • Remove debris from the surface and pool bottom with a net

To backwash the sand filter

  • Turn the pump switch to ‘off’
  • Set the Rotary valve to ‘Backwash’
  • Open the ‘Bottom Drain’ and ‘Waste’ valves; close the ‘Skimmer’ valve
  • Turn the pump on and observe the wastewater colour in the tell-tale on the Rotary Valve
  • When the water runs clear, stop the pump at the switch
  • Set the Rotary valve to ‘Rinse’
  • Start the pump and run for 20-30 seconds

Set everything to Filtration

Pump room - Normal Running Positions for Filtration

  • Rotary Valve to ‘Filter’
  • Skimmer’ and ‘Jets’ Valves fully open
  • Bottom Drain Valve half open
  • ‘Waste’ Valve closed
  • Timer running and set for 4 hours in every 12 hours
  • Always have the pump/filter running when the pool is in use

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