A clogged or damaged pool vacuum hose can be a nightmare when it's time to clean your pool. There are many reasons why a vacuum hose can become damaged. For instance, improper use and storage, old age and debris blockages are all common reasons why a vacuum hose won't function the way it should. However, there are many times when the hose can be repaired rather than replaced. This handy how-to guide will show you how to repair many vacuum hose problems.
How to Remove Blockages in the Vacuum Hose
Step 1 - Lay Out the Hose
Find a large flat area and lay out the hose so that it is totally extended. Try to lay out the hose as straight as possible.
Step 2 - Connect and Insert Water Hose
Connect a garden hose to a water faucet and then place the end of the hose inside the vacuum hose.
Step 3 - Block End of Hose
Take an old plastic bag and force it into the area around the garden hose where it is inserted into the vacuum hose. Then, use duct tape to create an airtight seal around the garden hose and vacuum hose.
Step 4 - Use Water to Push Out Obstruction
Turn on the water from your water faucet so that it flows from the garden hose and inside of the vacuum hose. After a while, the pressure from the water will push the blockage out at the other end of the hose.
How to Repair Cracks in the Hose
Step 1 - Locate Crack in Hose
Just as you did when removing the blockage from the hose, you can use the garden hose method to also find cracks for punctures in your vacuum hose. Once you turn the water on, start inspecting the length of the vacuum hose until you find an area where water appears to be seeping out of the side of the hose. Use a marking pen to mark any areas where water is leaking and then turn off the garden hose water supply.
Step 2 - Cut the Hose
Use a hack saw to cut the vacuum hose in the areas where the leaks are located. Since the vacuum hose is fairly pliable, you'll need to use the hacksaw slowly and try not to crease the hose while cutting it.
Step 3 - Attach Coupler
Insert the male threaded adapter into both parts of the vacuum hose where you made the cut with the hacksaw. To secure the connection, first, clean the inside of the vacuum hose and the outer edges of the male threaded adapter with PVC primer. Then, use the dauber to apply the PVC cement to the adapter and the vacuum hose. Twist the male threaded adapter into the ends of the vacuum hose to make the connection. Allow the PVC glue to dry completely before using the vacuum hose to clean your pool.
Tip - You can use duct tape to fix cracks or punctures in your vacuum hose temporarily. However, you should purchase a vacuum hose coupler as soon as possible in order to make permanent repairs.