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Your skimmer keeps your pool swimmable by catching leaves, twigs, oils (like sunblock), flower petals, dead insects, and any other nasty stuff floating around the surface. Maintaining your skimmer is an important step to keeping your pool clean and functional. Keep reading to learn the ins and out of proper skimmer maintenance.
Cleaning Debris Out of the Skimmer Basket
It’s important to clean out the debris that your skimmer has collected. If it gets too backed up it can stop your filtration system from working.
Also from time to time small animals may get trapped and drown in your pool. Unpleasant as it is to find them, it’s better to remove them before bacteria has a chance to spread.
How Often Should You Clean the Skimmer Basket?
Some sources suggest cleaning your skimmer basket daily or at least once a week. The frequency partly depends on the size of your pool area and whether it has a lot of surrounding trees or other sources of debris.
How to Clean Your Skimmer Basket
You may want to use gloves, but it isn’t always necessary. Follow these steps to clean the skimmer baskets:
Check the Operation of the Weir
The weir is like a little flapping door leading in to your skimmer. It allows water and debris to flow over it, into the skimmer, but stops the debris from going back out.
Since the weir’s job is to prevent debris from flowing back into the pool, excess debris may be a sign that the weir isn’t working.
How to Check the Weir
The weir should move back and forth easily. To remove the weir, push the top of it forward toward the pool and lift one side off of its peg. From there you should be able to remove it.
To replace a weir, lay it flat, place the lower corners over the pegs, and rotate the weir upwards.
Unclogging the Skimmer
Every now and then your skimmer might get too full. An overflowing skimmer can lead to problems with your filtration system and pump.
A clog will stop your skimmer from operating, so you will notice a build-up of debris along your pool’s surface water.
How to Unclog the Skimmer
How Do You Prevent Big Problems?
The golden rule of maintenance is to keep on top of the small jobs so you won’t need to do the big jobs. Find time to take care of these smaller skimmer issues on a regular basis and you can enjoy a clean, inviting pool.