How to make a pool vacuum using a garden hose?

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The article will show you how to make your own pool vacuum using a garden hose. This is an inexpensive way of keeping your swimming pool clean and sanitized without any expensive equipment.

I’m sure you’ve seen the commercials for suction pool cleaners. They’re expensive and take up a lot of space in your garage or storage room. Plus, they can’t clean an entire pool at once, which means that you have to wait until it’s finished before starting another cycle. The solution? A simple garden hose! That’s right, all you need is a few supplies from your local hardware store to make this genius invention work like magic! 

Complete Method of making a pool vacuum using a Garden hose

Step One: Gather the Materials You’ll Need

  • An old broomstick (the fuller, the better)
  • A garden hose or a siphon tube. I recommend getting one with an adjustable nozzle to control how much water is released from it.
  • A bucket of some kind that you can fill up and empty into your pool vacuum cleaner quickly without spilling too much over the edge; be sure there are no holes in it!
  • Scissors for cutting off excess material on the bottom end of your broomstick after measuring out what’s needed to fit around your pool’s filter opening. Be careful not to cut through any wires if applicable! 
  • Tape (optional, but recommended because you don’t want your vacuum cleaner coming apart). 

Step 1:

Decide what kind of material you will use as a bucket. Plastic or metal is best so that there are no holes in the bottom for water to leak through.  Cut off any excess material at the end which might interfere with fitting around your pool’s filter hole if applicable. Be careful not to cut any wires if applicable! If using plastic, be sure it can withstand being submerged underwater without breaking! It would not be easy to locate a replacement should this happen.  Alternatively, some people use a bucket with a lid.

Step 2:

Make sure your vacuum hose is long enough to reach the bottom of the pool, attach securely to both ends, and then cut it slightly shorter so that you have room for another connection from the filter hole. If you’re unsure what size hose will work best or cannot find one in your home improvement store, try out a few different sizes at first. For metal, hoses insert metal tubes inside each end–narrower opening should go around outside the tube. 

Step 3:

Connect two lengths of garden hose by clamping them tightly together; twist shut connector ring until tight.

Step 4:

Use a steel or plastic pipe connector to connect the vacuum hose and feeder hose, then attach it firmly with clamps.

Step 5:

Insert metal tubes inside each end–a narrower opening should go around outside the tube (not in). 

Step 6:

Attach one side of your pool’s filter hole securely onto either length of connected garden hoses by using an extra clamp if necessary. Turn on the water supply valve at the hose spigot. 

Once you see water coming out of the vacuum hose, turn on the pool’s filter.

The water should flow from your garden hoses to the pool and then back through your filters in a continuous loop.  Your pool will be cleaned by two powerful streams of water; one exiting from the vacuuming hose near one end of the surface that is skimming across it.

Step 7:

Connect metal tubes inside each end; narrower opening goes around the outside tube (not in). 

Attach filtered holes securely onto either length connected garden hoses with an extra clamp if necessary. Turn on the home spigot valve at the hose spigot. Once you see water flowing out, turn on the spigot valve at the faucet.-

Step 8:

Do not make any turns or stops or build any high pressure in the pipe.  Be sure to check for leaks before proceeding with cleaning your pool.

Attach leaf rake or another debris net on the end of the vacuuming hose. Now, turn the vacuum on and feed into the water from a distance, working along one edge of the perimeter (or more) at a time. The cleaning you can do quickly by moving across the entire surface area incrementally until clear again, then repeat the process. Repeat this procedure as often as necessary during each day’s use; clean filters regularly if you have them installed inside the pump housing unit. Turn off the spigot valve when finished.


Q. What can I use if I don’t have a pool vacuum?

  1. You can make a DIY pool vacuum by attaching a leaf blower hose to an old sock. The motion of the air will create suction that will remove all the leaves and debris in your pool. Moreover, You can use a broom with the straw attachment, or you could get something like this leaf skimmer that attaches directly to your garden hose.

Q. How can I vacuum my pool without a pump?

  1. You don’t need a pump to vacuum your pool! It’s easy:
  2. Buy enough hose to run from one end of the pool to the other. Then get yourself a nice long broom and start sweeping up all the leaves that are floating around.
  3. You can use a leaf rake to gather the leaves into one pile.
  4. You can vacuum them with a regular vacuum cleaner.

Q. How do I get green algae off the bottom of my pool?

  1. I’ve heard many things, but I think the best way is to use baking soda. Just make sure you test the pH level first, or else it won’t be effective! Moreover, Use a product that contains copper sulfate, which will kill the algae. If you don’t want to use chemicals, try adding some floating material in your pool, like plastic leaves or styrofoam cups.


 In this article, we’ve covered the steps for how to make a pool vacuum using a garden hose. We hope you found these tips and tricks informative and helpful in your quest to get rid of leaves and debris from your pool without spending any money on expensive equipment. 

If you have other questions about pools so they stay clean year-round, please feel free to reach out by commenting below. Your feedback is always appreciated here. 

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