How To Get Sand Out Of Swimming Pool

Why is it important to remove sand from a swimming pool?

Swimming pools are a popular source of relaxation and enjoyment during the summer months. However, over time, sand particles can accumulate in the pool, leading to various issues such as clogged filters, decreased water circulation, and even damage to pool equipment. It is crucial to remove sand from your swimming pool regularly to ensure its proper functioning and maintain clean and clear water.

Removing sand from your swimming pool not only enhances its appearance but also prevents potential problems caused by blockages in the filtration system. By following a simple step-by-step guide and using the right tools and materials, you can easily eliminate this pesky problem.

Tools and materials needed for removing sand from a swimming pool

Before diving into the cleaning process, gather the necessary tools and materials:

  1. Pool vacuum: A manual or automatic vacuum cleaner designed specifically for pools.
  2. Telescopic pole: Used to attach various cleaning attachments.
  3. Vacuum hose: Connects between the vacuum head attachment and telescopic pole.
  4. Backwash hose: Connects between the multiport valve on your filter system.
  5. Filter cleaner solution or cartridge rinse kit (if applicable): Helps clean dirty filters effectively.
  6. Water testing kit: To check chemical levels in your pool water before balancing them accordingly.
  7. Pool brush(es): Designed for scrubbing walls or floors of different types of pools (concrete, fiberglass).
    8 . Pool cover or enclosure (optional): Prevents debris like sand from entering your pool.

Step-by-step guide on how to remove sand from a swimming pool

Step 1: Prepare the pool for cleaning

1) Turn off the pool pump – This ensures that no more dirt or debris will be circulated while you’re cleaning out excess sand particles.

2) Remove any floating debris – Use a skimmer net or leaf rake to skim the surface of your pool and remove any visible debris like leaves or twigs.

Step 2: Vacuum the pool

1) Attach the vacuum head to the telescopic pole – Ensure a secure connection so that it doesn’t detach while cleaning.

2) Connect the vacuum hose to the vacuum head – Make sure it is tightly attached to prevent leaks.

3) Submerge the vacuum head and hose into the pool – Allow them to fill with water, eliminating air pockets in your system.

4) Vacuum the pool floor and walls, focusing on areas with sand – Move slowly and methodically across all areas of your pool. Pay special attention to spots where sand tends to accumulate, such as near steps or ladders. Continue until you have removed as much sand as possible.

Step 3: Backwash The Pool Filter

1) Turn off pool pump.

2) Set multiport valve into “backwash” position- This diverts water flow away from filters towards waste setting which flushes out trapped dirt particles including fine sands down through a drain pipe leading outside home premises.

3 ) Turn on pool pump– Letting water run at full power for several minutes help effectively backwash filter without adding any new contaminant load because there will be no inflow from inside house lines either!

4 ) Turn off pump & set multiport valve into ‘rinse’ position.-This allows clean freshwater rinse free movement further along system pipes till all contaminants expelled via another outlet!

5 )Turn on pump again running this way about one minute before repeating process one last time switching back over regular filtering mode!

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6.) Finally after confirming normal functioning by observing pressure gauges reading levels reattached closed plugs systems up finalizing turning switches valves clockwise stopping entire procedure officially

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Q: How often should I remove sand from my swimming pool?
A: It is recommended to remove sand from your swimming pool at least once every few months or as soon as you notice a significant accumulation.

Q: Can I use a regular vacuum cleaner instead of a pool vacuum?
A: No, regular household vacuum cleaners are not designed for use in swimming pools. Pool vacuums are specifically built to handle water and debris found in pools without damaging the equipment.

Q: How can I prevent sand from entering my pool?
A: Installing a pool cover or enclosure can help minimize the amount of sand that enters your pool. Encouraging swimmers to rinse off before entering the pool and regularly cleaning the surrounding area also helps reduce sand accumulation.


Removing sand from your swimming pool is an essential part of routine maintenance that ensures clean and clear water while preventing damage to vital components over time. By following these simple steps and utilizing the right tools, you can easily keep your swimming experience enjoyable throughout the summer season. Remember, maintaining proper chemical balance is equally important alongside regular cleaning practices for optimal results!


  • Pool brushes: Tools used to scrub and clean the walls and floor of a swimming pool, including removing sand particles.
  • Beach: A sandy area near a body of water, often where sand can be tracked into a pool.
  • Garden hose: A flexible tube used for supplying fresh water to fill or top off a swimming pool.
  • Sand filter: A filtration system in which sand is used as the filtering media to remove dirt, debris, and small particles from the pool water.
  • Pool filters: Devices that trap and remove contaminants from the pool water, such as sand particles or yellow algae.
  • Yellow pool algae: An unwanted growth in pools that appears yellowish-green in color. It can cause discoloration and affect the cleanliness of the water.
  • Sand particles: Small granules of sand that may accumulate in a swimming pool due to external factors like tracking it from beaches or having it brought in by wind or rainwater runoff.
    -Hoses : Flexible tubes through which liquids (such as fresh water) flow into or out of a swimming pool during maintenance tasks like filling/emptying it or connecting equipment like manual vacuums.
    -Bathing suits : Clothing worn while swimming; they can sometimes bring along some sand when entering/exiting pools if not properly rinsed beforehand.
    -Pile : A collection/mound formed by gathering multiple items together; here refers to accumulating/sweeping/piling up loose/gritty sands at one place before disposing them off.

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Mike Hunter

Mike is the owner of the local pool shop. He's been in the business for over 20 years and knows everything there is to know about pools. He's always happy to help his customers with whatever they need, whether it's advice on pool maintenance or choosing the right chemicals. He's also a bit of a pool expert, and is always happy to share his knowledge with anyone who's interested.

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