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No matter what kind of pool you have, it’s very important to have a properly functioning pool skimmer. Without it, you could wind up with a less beautiful pool, improper cleaning and an overworked pump.

If you’re a new pool owner, you may be wondering what a Skimmer is and why they’re important. This article helps to answer those questions!

How Does A Pool Skimmer Work?
How Does A Pool Skimmer Work?

What Is A Pool Skimmer?

Every swimming pool has essential cleaning system components that work together to provide proper cleaning. One of those items is called a “Skimmer” and its key role is to keep the surface of the pool water clean from debris such as leaves, insects, pollen, bugs, etc. The skimmer is where water leaves the pool before arriving at the pump and filter and is the first line of defense for removing debris from the pool.

How It Works

When the pool pump is running, the skimmer works by pulling water and floating debris from the pool surface through a pivoting flap called a weir. After the debris passes through the weir, it gets collected by the skimmer basket. This continues until the pool pump is turned off. When the pool pump is turned off, the pivoting flap returns to its original position where it helps prevent the debris from re-entering the pool. At this point, the skimmer basket contains the debris from the pool surface and should be emptied routinely to ensure free water flow and maximum filtering ability.

Other Use of The Pool Skimmer

On some pool designs, the skimmer is also used as a vacuum hose connection for the pool vacuum to keep the pool clean. In these cases, the person cleaning the pool would typically remove the skimmer basket to expose the water inlet to the pool pump. A connection is made for vacuuming and then upon completion, the skimmer basket and lid are reinstalled.

Skimmer Maintenance

To ensure the longevity of the pool pump and filter, it is very important to empty the skimmer basket routinely and frequently. During cleaning, a proper inspection of the weir, basket and lid condition should take place. If there is any damage or improper function, the skimmer should be repaired

How Does a Pool Skimmer Work?

The skimmer serves a very important role in keeping the pool clean and protecting the equipment. If you have any questions about pool maintenance or repairs, our team of experts here at Pool & Patio Pros can help with anything you need!  Please call us for a free consultation.