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Among the vital components that ensure your pool’s functionality and safety are pool skimmers and drains. They play an indispensable role in keeping your pool clean and healthy, but they’re often overlooked until problems arise.

You might be surprised to learn that approximately 85% of pool maintenance issues are related to skimmer and drain malfunctions. 

If any issues arise with your pool skimmer or drain, contact Living Water Pool Company, 

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Understanding Pool Skimmers and Drains

Skimmers and drains are vital cogs in the pool’s circulation system. The skimmer, that small opening at your pool’s waterline, collects leaves, debris, and other floating particles. It skims the surface, allowing for a cleaner and more inviting pool environment.

On the other hand, drains are positioned at the bottom of the pool. They work with skimmers to manage the water flow, ensuring proper circulation and cleaning.

Why Are They Essential to Your Pool’s Functioning?

Without skimmers and drains, your pool would soon become a stagnant pond. Skimmers keep the surface sparkling clean, while drains help circulate water through the filtration system. They work together to ensure the water remains fresh and free from unwanted particles. 

Common Skimmer Problems and Solutions

One of the key pool components to keep an eye on is the skimmer. Various issues can affect the skimmer’s performance, from low water levels to weir blade malfunctions. The following list explains some common skimmer problems and provides insights on how to address them, ensuring that your pool stays clean and inviting.
  • Low Water Level in Pool: A water level that’s too low might lead to the skimmer drawing air, which in turn can cause cavitation in the pool pump. It’s crucial to maintain the water level around halfway through the skimmer. There are solutions like installing an autofill device or using a timer for daily refilling, or you can manually fill the pool using a garden hose. 
  • Challenges with Automatic Pool Cleaners: Many pool owners opt for suction automatic pool cleaners, but they can interfere with the skimmer’s ability to skim the surface. Problems such as hose disconnection, holes in the hoses, or usage of heavy manual vacuum hoses can cause air to enter the system, leading to circulation issues or risk to the pump. The best practice is periodic checks and replacements, or considering robotic cleaners, which are more efficient but can be costly. 
  • Misadjusted Valves: The valves in your pool system must be correctly set to pull from the skimmer, main drain, or both. A valve stuck or turned wrongly can result in poor circulation. Regular lubrication, adjustment, and replacement of worn parts can prevent this from happening, ensuring a smooth flow of water. 
  • Line Clogs: Lack of suction from the skimmer might indicate a clog in the line. Things like excessive leaves, DE, or foreign objects might block the skimmer line. Solutions range from using DIY drain jets to hiring professionals to use a CO2 tank for unclogging, depending on the severity of the blockage. 
  • Weir Blade Malfunction: The weir blade, or weir gate, is a vital part of the skimmer that might get stuck. This part helps draw in the top layer of pool water where most contaminants are found. Simply unsticking or replacing it as needed can resolve the issue. 
  • Potential Leakage: Leaks in the skimmer system can be significant and usually require professional intervention. Regular inspections and prompt repair can prevent leakage from becoming a major issue. 
These common skimmer problems can lead to both minor inconveniences and significant functional issues in your pool. Understanding their root causes and knowing the proper remedies, whether DIY or through professional services like those offered by Living Water Pool Company, can help you maintain your pool.

Drain Clogs and Leaks

Drain issues in pools are not uncommon, but they can be handled effectively with proper attention and care.

The following are some common reasons why the drain is clogged or leaks: 

  • Clogs from Accumulated Debris: Over time, debris such as leaves, dirt, and small objects can accumulate in the drains, causing a clog. This can restrict water flow, leading to poor circulation, reduced filtration effectiveness, and a dirty, uninviting pool. Regular cleaning of the pool and periodic professional inspections can help prevent clogging, and if a clog does occur, specialized tools and expertise may be required to clear it.
  • Leaks Due to Age: Like any other part of a pool, drains can wear out over time. Aging drains may develop leaks, leading to water loss, increased utility costs, and potential damage to the surrounding structure. Regular maintenance and timely replacement when signs of wear are noticed can prevent these problems.
  • Leaks from Poor Installation: If the drains were improperly installed, they might be prone to leakage. This can result in similar problems as age-related leaks but may occur much sooner and potentially be more challenging to repair. Ensuring proper installation from the beginning or seeking professional repair services like those offered by Living Water Pool Company can help avoid or rectify these issues.
  • Consequences of Ignoring Drain Issues: Ignoring clogs or leaks in the drains can lead to serious problems. If not addressed promptly, clogs and leaks can lead to poor water circulation, structural damage, and even health hazards due to inadequate filtration. Regular inspection, immediate attention to any signs of clogging or leaking, and professional services if needed can keep your pool’s drains in optimal working condition.

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Symptoms of Skimmer and Drain Failure

Skimmers and drains are essential components of any swimming pool, responsible for maintaining water flow and cleanliness. A failure in these elements can lead to noticeable changes in the pool’s behavior and appearance, often signaling underlying issues that need immediate attention.

The following list explains some of the primary symptoms that may indicate skimmer and drain failure:

  • Reduced Water Circulation– If you notice the water in your pool is not circulating as it should, it might indicate a problem with the skimmers or drains. The water may become stagnant, leading to algae growth and a less enjoyable swimming experience.
  • Water Overflow or Inadequate Draining– Another common symptom of skimmer or drain failure is either water overflow or inadequate draining. These issues may not seem significant at first but can cause long-term damage to your pool’s structure and the surrounding area.