Pool Vacuum Procedure

  1. Place the vacuum head onto the vacuum pole.
  2. Place one end of the vacuum hose onto the vacuum head.
  3. While holding the pole, place the vacuum head and hose into the pool.
  4. Prime the hose by placing it in front of the return jet. When the hose is full of water, air bubbles will appear in the pool.
  5. Remove the skimmer basket. Place the vacuum hose in the hole in the skimmer.
  6. Start vacuuming.
  7. After vacuuming is complete backwash and rinse filter.


*Always backwash and rinse after vacuuming

Backwash & Rinse

  1. Stop the pump.
  2. Turn multi-port valve handle to the “backwash” position.
  3. Start the pump.
  4. Allow waste to run out of side of discharge for 1-3 minutes or until discharge water is clear.
  5. Stop the pump.
  6. Turn multi-port handle to “rinse” position.
  7. Start the pump
  8. Allow water to discharge on rinse position for approximately 30-45 seconds.
  9. Stop the pump.
  10. 10. Turn multi-port handle to “filter” position.
  11. Start the pump.


Two important tips for backwash & rinse:

  • Backwash at least once a week
  • Always backwash and rinse after vacuuming

Winterizing Your Pool

In the south, we have warm temperatures throughout the fall and winter. Winterizing a swimming pool is a personal preference for each homeowner. Some homeowners prefer to view their beautiful pool and water features year round.

If you prefer to cover your pool and winterize, we have winter covers for both above ground and in-ground pools. We sell wintering pool kits for all pool sanitizations.

You will need keep the pool pump running as long as the temperature is forecasted to stay below 32°. It is important to keep the water circulating during a freeze. We do not recommend you drain your pool or equipment.

Equipment Care

Providing the proper care for your swimming pool equipment will help you to enjoy a clear and clean pool all summer long. The following suggestions should help you keep problems to a minimum.

The pump is the heart of your pools circulation system and has three main parts:

  • Pump basket – collects debris and leaves
  • Impeller – a fan-like mechanism
  • Water discharge – the connection point that pushes the water from the pump into the pool filter’s housing.

Always make sure your skimmer and main drain lines are free of blockage. Check your skimmer basket and lint trap basket frequently for debris. To assure a free flow of water to the pump and avoid damage to the pump motor, make sure the water is at the proper level. It is important to turn your pump off during vacuum, and backwash and rinse procedures. 

You must backwash and rinse your filter once a week for optimal performance. Check your pressure gauge reading and consult your manufacturers manual for the correct method.
Clean out any residue and make sure all lines are free from restrictions. Use only the type of chemical recommended by the manufacturer. Never mix or pour different types of chemicals into an automatic chlorinator. This will eliminate the possibility of an explosion occuring.
Pool Cleaning equipment consists of your brush, skimmer net, vacuum hose, vacuum pole, and your manual vacuum or automatic pool cleaners. Use as often as necessary to maintain a clean, clear pool. Most cleaning units are designed to operate when the filtration system is running. Equipment made of plastic should be stored away from sunlight. Do not leave your Automatic pool cleaners in your pool at all times. Keep equipment away from your deck to avoid tripping. 
Store test kit or strips in a cool, dry place away from chemicals and the heat. Keep the test kit out of children's reach. Sample bottles should be rinsed before and after the test procedure with the water to be tested.

Frequently Asked Questions

It's important to know how many gallons your pool contains to balance your pool water and properly maintain the chemicals. First determine the average depth of your pool by taking the depth of the deepest end of your pool and adding the depth of the shallowest end (in feet). Divide this number by 2. This number is the average depth. Continue below based on the shape of your pool.


Round Swimming Pool Total Gallons = diameter diameter average depth 

Example: A 24' Round by 52" Foot swimming pool would equal 24 x 24 x 4.33333 x 5.9 = approximately 14,726 gallons.


Oval Swimming Pool Total gallons long diameter short diameter average depth x 5.9 (in feet)

Example: A 15' x 30' x 52" oval swimming pool would equal 15 x 30 x 4.33333 x 5.9 = approximately 11,500 gallons.

Square or Rectangle Total Gallons = length x width x average depth 7.5 (in feet)

Example: A 12' x 24' x 4' shallow end and 7' deep end rectangle in ground swimming pool would equal 12 x 24 x 9 x 7.5 = approximately 19,500 gallons.

We do not recommend you drain your pool. An above-ground pool or inground pool should never be fully drained. Without water, the structure of your pool will be weakened, the vinyl liner will shrink, create wrinkles, or in rare instances, inground pools may rise or pop out of the ground. If you have a green pool, you don't need to drain your pool to get it clear. We have easy to follow instructions to take your pool from Green to Clean. Come in to our store, and we will be glad to assist you. 

NOTE FOR STEPS:   It may be necessary to tilt the step forward and back several times to allow air to escape when placing in pool.  

NOTE FOR LADDERS:   The inside portion of the A-Frame ladder will need to be filled with water to secure in pool. There are two holes in the upper portion of the ladder.

Keeping your swimming pool clean, safe and in good condition is something that you should always prioritize if you want to enjoy dips in your swimming pool for a long time. Various tools can help you with the maintenance of your swimming pool. One such tool is the pool pump which helps in filtering dirt and debris and produces chlorine. 

Every pool should circulate all of its water at least once a day. It is recommended to run your pool pump for 1 hour for every 10 degrees of air temperature. During the winter months you can run your system between 6-8 hours a day, but as the temperatures increase during the spring you will need 8-10 hours of circulation. In the peak summer months of 90-110 degrees as we have here along the coast, we recommend 12+ hours a day.

All hours, do not have to be done at the same time. You can choose to run your pool 3-4 hours in the morning and the rest later in the afternoon. The most important thing is that your pool water stay clean. We recommend using an automatic pool timer to help!