To pick the right skimmer
for your pool, you’ll need to consider a few things. First, is your pool inground or above ground?
For above ground pools, the most important thing is picking the right size. If you’re choosing a replacement skimmer the easiest option would be to order the same skimmer model to ensure the perfect fit. If that’s not possible, you’ll want to pick a skimmer the exact same size or slightly bigger. Since a skimmer system involves a hole cut into your wall, you can’t choose a smaller skimmer.
For inground pools, you’ll want to consider the dimensions, but you’ll also need to consider the surface of your pool. If you have a vinyl or fiberglass pool, you’ll require a rubber gasket to form a seal between your pool’s surface and the faceplate. This isn’t required for gunite surface pool.
When looking at the dimensions, you’ll be looking at the mouth and the depth of the skimmer, also known as the length of the throat. You’ll want to ensure that the skimmer you purchase has a long enough channel between the skimmer mouth and the portion of the skimmer that houses the basket.
For both types of pools, you’ll want to consider the pipe size. Mismatched sizing will affect the flow. You’ll also need to consider your state’s requirements. Several states require a dual pipe to reduce the suction power of the skimmer and drain.
Finally, you’ll want to ask yourself how many skimmers you need. Small pools only require one, but larger pools may require multiple skimmers to proper circulate and collect debris.
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