Can You Vacuum a Newly Plastered Pool?
No, you should not vacuum a newly plastered pool.
When a pool is newly plastered, the plaster needs time to cure properly. This can take up to four to six weeks, depending on various factors such as the type of plaster used, the weather conditions, and the size of the pool. During this curing period, it’s important to avoid any activities that could damage the plaster or interfere with the curing process.
Vacuuming the pool can create significant suction pressure on the surface of the plaster, which could damage the plaster or cause it to crack or chip. Additionally, the vacuum head and hose can leave marks or scratches on the surface of the plaster, which can be difficult to remove.
During the curing period, it’s best to simply brush the pool walls and floor with a soft-bristled brush to remove any debris or dirt. Once the curing period is complete, you can begin vacuuming the pool as usual.
Once the curing period is complete, you can begin vacuuming the pool as usual. Before you start, however, it’s important to ensure that the pool equipment is functioning properly and that the pH and chlorine levels are balanced. This will help to protect the plaster and keep the water clear and clean.
When vacuuming the pool, start by brushing any visible dirt or debris towards the main drain or skimmer. Then, attach the vacuum head to the telescopic pole and connect the vacuum hose to the vacuum head and the skimmer or vacuum port. Make sure that the vacuum hose is completely filled with water before you start vacuuming. This will help to maintain proper suction and prevent air from entering the system.
Slowly move the vacuum head across the bottom of the pool, using long, sweeping strokes. Be careful not to allow the vacuum head to rest on any one spot for too long, as this can damage the plaster. If you encounter any particularly stubborn dirt or debris, stop and brush the area with a pool brush before continuing.
Once you’ve vacuumed the entire pool, remove the vacuum head and hose from the water and store them in a dry, cool place. Rinse out the filter and skimmer basket, and add any necessary chemicals to balance the pH and chlorine levels.
By following these steps, you can safely and effectively vacuum your newly plastered pool and keep it looking clean and beautiful for years to come.