One of the most vital pool accessories, pool skimmers serve to remove debris from your pool so that the water is clean and enticing. Pool skimmers are important for both above ground and inground pools and are installed near the surface of your pool to catch floating debris before it sinks to the bottom of your pool. Typically, pool skimmer parts include skimmer baskets, a lid or door (also known as a weir flap), and an open channel through which water flows. Whether you’re looking for above ground pool skimmers or an inground pool skimmers is very important as they are quite different. Above-ground pool skimmers have a faceplate and they are installed in the wall of the pool. Inground pool skimmers are set into the concrete of your pool making them stronger than above ground pool skimmers but also more difficult to replace.
Pool skimmers for above ground pools are installed into the wall of your pool by setting the faceplate on the inner portion of the pool and the pool skimmer on the outside of the pool. This means the pool skimmer and the faceplate seal the pool wall and liner between them, utilizing a faceplate gasket to prevent leaking. Water is then pulled through pool skimmers which also forces debris through the skimmer where it gets collected by pool skimmer baskets. From here, it is the responsibility of the pool owner to empty the pool skimmer basket before debris blocks water from flowing through the pool wall skimmer.
While above ground and inground pool wall skimmers essentially serve the same function, they are installed in different ways and they are more likely to leak. Because pool skimmer parts are usually constructed of plastic, inground pool owners may notice that their pool skimmers sometimes spring leaks. Concrete is quite heavy and plastic pool skimmers cannot always stand up to the pressure created by the heavy construction of inground pools. Regardless, pool skimmers are your pool’s first defense against dirty water and are extremely important for removing debris and maintaining the clarity of your water. Swimming pool skimmers are definitely a must have for both inground and above ground pools and should be purchased along with your new pool.