Skimmer Valves Open Or Closed?

by Mari
(Stafford, Virginia)

There is a little opening under the skimmer that has a plastic cover that can be opened or closed.

I am unsure if this should remain open when the filter and pump are running or is that hole supposed to remain covered?

My husband is deployed and I am trying to maintain the pool properly.

Thank you for your help.

Thanks for the question Mari

I'm a Virginia boy myself. If you haven't been yet, north of Stafford is Prince William Forest Park and to the east is Widewater State Park.

Great place to go.

The plastic cover under the skimmer is more than likely the vacuum inlet.

You'll want to keep this closed during normal filtering and open it when it comes time to vacuum.

You should try to vacuum once a week, or after a bad windstorm or heavy rain.

This site is to help you with your pool maintenance and I personally answer all questions.

If you have any questions about the pool, please feel free to contact me.

There's lots of great info. and many answered questions on the pool Q&A page.

To post a reply, or if you have a similar question, you can see your post (Skimmer Valves Open Or Closed?) on the Q&A page in the "Vacuums & Vacuuming Problems" category.

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Hope this helps and have a great Summer.


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Sweeper Connector On Pool Vacuum Hose Broke Off

The part where the sweeper hose connects to the side of the pool broke off leaving the base stuck inside.

How do you get it out?

Thanks for the question

This happened to one of my customer and here's the way I got it lose.

This is similar to getting a light bulb out of a socket, but different in that you're dealing with rubber and/or plastic, not metal. This will take a bit of patience.

First is to use a raw potato. Shove the potato into the hole and work it back and forth.

Hopefully it has loosened up a bit.

Next you can use one or two pairs of needle nose pliers. Try to grab both sides of the base and equally pull them. You may need someone to hold you because you're pulling yourself towards the pool.

Try to put straight out. If you don't the other side of the vacuum base might get wedged further into place.

Another pool guy in Arizona that I used to talk to said he actually had to drain the pool 1/3 and used WD40. He sprayed it into the hole to loosen up the vacuum hose base.

Let's hope you don't have to do the same thing.

Good luck and have a great swimming season.


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