Maintaining a clean and healthy pool requires the right tools and equipment, and a good quality pool vacuum hose is a staple for pool owners. Especially those that need to vacuum a pool manually.
In this article, we’ll cover everything you need to know about pool vacuum hoses, including selecting the right one for your pool, setting it up and using it effectively, and storing it properly.
Whether you’re a seasoned pool owner or a newbie just getting started, this guide will help you keep your pool sparkling clean all season long. So, let’s dive in!
What is a pool vacuum hose?
A pool vacuum hose is a flexible tube used to connect a pool vacuum cleaner to the pool’s filtration system. The hose is typically made of a durable, weather-resistant material such as PVC and is used to suction debris and dirt from the bottom of the pool and transport it to the filter system for removal. The hose length will vary depending on the pool’s size and the vacuum cleaner’s location.
When do you need a pool vacuum hose?
A pool vacuum hose is needed when using a manual vacuum cleaner to clean the bottom of a swimming pool.
The hose is attached to the vacuum head, and the other end connects to the pool’s filtration system. The vacuum cleaner uses suction to pick up debris and dirt from the bottom of the pool, and the hose carries it to the filtration system for removal. It is necessary to have a pool vacuum hose to perform this cleaning task.
Are pool vacuum hoses universal?
Pool vacuum hoses are generally designed to be universal and compatible with most manual and automatic pool vacuum cleaners. However, not all pool vacuum hoses are the same.
Before purchasing, check the vacuum hose’s compatibility with your vacuum cleaner and pool system. Some vacuum hoses may be designed for specific types of pool filters or vacuum cleaners and may not work with others. Additionally, some hoses might be made of a different material, like EVA, which might be more resistant to UV rays and chemicals.
It is always best to check the specifications of the hose you are interested in purchasing to ensure that it is compatible with your vacuum cleaner and pool system.
What is the standard pool hose size?
The standard pool hose size for vacuum hoses is 1.5 inches in diameter. This size is considered to be the most common and widely used for residential swimming pools.
It is important to note that some pool hoses can come in different diameters, such as 1.25 inches or 2 inches. Make sure you match the diameter of the hose to the size of the vacuum inlet or skimmer basket to ensure a proper fit.
The standard size can vary depending on the size of the pool, the type of vacuum cleaner, and the filtration system’s suction power. It is always best to check the specifications of the vacuum cleaner and pool system to ensure that you get the correct size of hose.
How long of a vacuum hose do I need for my pool?
The length of the vacuum hose you need for your pool will depend on the size of your pool and the location of the vacuum cleaner and filtration system.
As a general rule of thumb, the vacuum hose should be long enough to reach the deepest part of the pool while still allowing enough slack to move the vacuum cleaner around the pool without the hose becoming too taut.
A hose length of 30 to 40 feet for a standard residential pool is usually sufficient. However, a longer hose may be necessary if you have a larger pool.
Some pool vacuum hoses come in various lengths, such as 25 feet, 30 feet, 35 feet, 40 feet, and 50 feet.
It’s also important to consider the accessibility of the pool. A longer hose may be necessary if it is located in a difficult spot, like a steep slope or behind a building.
How to set up a pool vacuum hose
Setting up a pool vacuum hose involves connecting one end to the vacuum cleaner and the other to the pool’s filtration system. Here is a step-by-step guide on how to set up a pool vacuum hose:
For a full step by step guide with illustration, check out our guide on how to manually vacuum a pool.
Connect pool vacuum hose
First, locate the vacuum inlet on the side of the pool or the skimmer basket. This is where the vacuum hose will be connected.
The other end of the hose will be connected to the vacuum cleaner. Some vacuum cleaners have a built-in connection point for the hose, while others may require an adapter.
Prime the hose and get it to sink
Before turning on the filter, you must prime it. This means filling the hose with water to help it sink to the bottom of the pool. To do this, open the air relief valve on the vacuum cleaner and lower the hose into the pool or hold it up to the return to fill it faster. Once the hose is filled with water, close the air relief valve.
Finally, turn on the filter and check the vacuum for suction. You should be able to noticeably feel the pull of the water by placing your hand under the vacuum head. If the suction is weak, you may need to adjust the vacuum cleaner or ensure the hose is connected correctly.
How to store a pool vacuum hose
A pool vacuum hose can be stored by coiling and securing it with a hose clip or bungee cord. It can also be hung on a hose reel or placed in a pot or container. It is vital to ensure the hose is completely drained of water before storing it to prevent mold or mildew from growing. Additionally, storing the hose in a shaded area is good practice to protect it from sun damage.
My favorite pool vacuum hose
As a former pool boy, now pool owner, I’ve gone through my fair share of pool hoses. Here is the pool hose that I use at home, and I recommend it to anybody looking for a flexible and durable hose for manual vacuuming.
Poolmaster Heavy Duty In-Ground Pool Vacuum Hose
I have Poolmaster’s Vacuum Hose, and I am extremely impressed with its quality and performance. The hose is made from durable EVA and non-corrosive materials, which has helped it last a few seasons already.
The swivel cuff built into the hose is an excellent feature, as it allows for kink-free maneuverability during the cleaning process. The spiral-wound construction adds strength and aids flexibility while providing maximum water flow.
Personally, I use it with a Triangle Milliard Deluxe Pool Vacuum Head and a telescopic pole for manual pool vacuuming. The hose works best when it is warm.
The only downside is that the opening size inside pool skimmers may vary, so a fitting or vacuum plate may be needed inside the skimmer for the most secure fit and airtight seal of the vacuum hose.
Overall, I highly recommend this product to anyone needing a durable and reliable vacuum hose for their swimming pool.
About the Author
Stefan Schulz is the founder and owner of PV Pool Cleaner. He spent his college years working at Niagara Pools and Spas, one of the largest Swimming Pool and Hot Tub Dealers in the Eastern United States.
Today, he utilizes his background, experience as a pool owner, and the resources of his digital marketing agency, Orpical Group, to generate informative and engaging content for pool owners everywhere.