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Water level should be 2-3 inches above skimmer lip or edge. Usually about 3" 75mm or at least 1/2 way up the mouth of the skimmer. however this depends on the strength of suction from the pump. so long as there is no air being sucked into the system is the first rule to keep in mind. the second is the faster the water is moving as it goes into the skimmer the better. If you have a floating suction-side skimmer about 3/16 to 1/2" or 10 to 15 mm or more depending on pump strength.

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Can pool water level be above the skimmer?

It won't work as a skimmer if your water level is above the skimmer. If you watch how the skimmer works, the water is pulled in over the skimmer door and it won't "skim" the floating debris off the surface of the water if the water level covers the entire opening, your skimmer will just suck in water that is below the surface. If you keep the water level so it's at least below the opening an inch or so, you should be o.k. If you've recently had alot of rain, you may need to drain some water out of the pool so your skimmers function properly.


What should the water level be in a pool?

The water level needs to be maintained at the middle of the skimmer opening or center of the tile line.


How much water should you drain from an above ground pool for winter?

Just enough so that the skimmer is above the water and the pipes to the filter and filter can be drained.


How many inches below skimmer should water level be when winterizing above ground pool?

20 inches


What is the typical water level for an inground vinyl-lined pool?

If you have a top skimmer basket the water level should be at least an inch above the basket, so you are not sucking any air. They seem to operate more effectivly at removing floating material BEFORE IT SINKS if the level is about half the distance from the top to the bottom of the skimmer opening.


What will happen if an above ground pool overflows due to rain?

The water will spill out through the skimmer, unless the skimmer it is blocked. Otherwise, it will spill over the top. It should not hurt the pool.


What is the correct level of water in skimmer basket?

Ideally you show keep your water level between one third and one half the way up the opening of the skimmer. This is the level at which the skimmer(s) operate most efficiently.


How far up the tile should the pool water level be?

Regardless of the position of any tiles on the pool wall The water level should be about 3 or 4 inches / 75-100mm above the top of the skimmer vein before the skimmer basket or at such a level that it does not suck air through the skimmer. of you have a suction side floating pool skimmer you can let it get as high as you like and as long as it is sealed properly as low as you like.


To put in a new skimmer does the pool have to be empty of water?

No you just have to get the water level below the skimmer after that you should have no trouble making repairs.


Can an in-ground pool be too full?

Yes it can be too full. If the water level is above the center of the skimmer opening, the skimmers will not function propely and the pools surface will collect debris.


How do you repair a leak at the skimmer?

turn the pool pump off,take off the cover of the pool skimmer box, The pool water level must be above the area where the skimmer box meets the pool wall. If it is not, add water to the pool until it is at least 1 inch above this seam.


How do you repair a skimmer that is leaking on the outside of the pool?

That depends on the type of skimmer in ground or above ground and from what material it is made, The water is leaking between gaskets


Does the water level in the pool have to be above the skimmer to run the pump?

yes in order for the pump to work the water has to be over it


Can it hurt your filter if the pool water is high above the skimmer?

no the pool just wont skim


How do you replace an above ground pool skimmer gasket?

Drain the pool until the water level reaches two inches below the skimmer faceplate , remove the face plate using a screwdriver , remove the faceplate and skimmer , then replace the gasket and attach the skimmer and then the faceplate


Why are your skimmers not working?

Your skimmer line may be plugged up, in which case you may be able to blow it out with a Co2 cannister or a water bladder. Your water level may be too high, it should be about 1/2 way up the skimmer opening, or your weir may be stuck or completely gone. You can buy replacement weirs.


Howmuch water left above ground pool for the winter?

Once all your lines are purged, a foot below the skimmer should be fine. Don't forget the cover.


How do you vacuum an above ground pool?

Before vacuuming an above ground pool you should make certain the water level is mid-way up the skimmer mouth (opening).To manually vacuum an above ground pool, typically you:Insert the vacuum head onto the end of a telescopic pole.Attach one end of the vacuum hose to the vacuum headRemove the skimmer lid and skimmer basketIf you have a vacuum plate, install it.While holding onto the telescopic pole, allow submerse the vacuum head and let the vacuum hose float on top of the pool waterStarting at the end of the vacuum head closest to the vacuum head start feeding the hose down a foot or so into the water.Continue to do this until the air is out of the vacuum hose.Cup one hand over the end of the vacuum hose while putting it into the skimmer either on the vacuum plate or the opening at the bottom of the skimmer.The pump may lose prime but will generally pick prime back up within 10 - 15 seconds.


How do you vacuume an above ground pool?

Before vacuuming an above ground pool you should make certain the water level is mid-way up the skimmer mouth (opening).To manually vacuum an above ground pool, typically you:Insert the vacuum head onto the end of a telescopic pole.Attach one end of the vacuum hose to the vacuum headRemove the skimmer lid and skimmer basketIf you have a vacuum plate, install it.While holding onto the telescopic pole, allow submerse the vacuum head and let the vacuum hose float on top of the pool waterStarting at the end of the vacuum head closest to the vacuum head start feeding the hose down a foot or so into the water.Continue to do this until the air is out of the vacuum hose.Cup one hand over the end of the vacuum hose while putting it into the skimmer either on the vacuum plate or the opening at the bottom of the skimmer.The pump may lose prime but will generally pick prime back up within 10 - 15 seconds.


How do you fix the skimmer flaps on an inground concrete pool?

Actually, they aren't a bad thing to remove all together. Skimmer flaps are a notorious place for algae, especially black or mustard, and bacteria to hide and grow, which makes reoccurance terribly probable. Removing them all together will not harm the performance of your pool. I beg to differ with the answer above - The skimmer works because the water jets create a flow which pushes the water past the skimmer. The skimmer is pulling water down which causes debris on the top of the water to get caught in the basket. The skimmer flap(s) limits the amount of water being sucked in by the skimmer causing more suction and making the skimmer more efficient. It is important for the skimmer doors, or "weirs" as they are called, to be in place for your skimmer to work properly. Try it for yourself. With the skimmer running, place your hand, a brick or some other obstruction where the skimmer door should be. Restrict the water flow a bit in some way. You will see a much larger volume of water being sucked into the skimmer than with no door at all. If you already have a flap or wier in place, do the reverse. With the skimmer running, hold the door completely open and see hose the flow virtually ceases. Replacement weirs or flaps can easily be found at your pool store. Just take your old one with you or measure the opening where it should sit. Little pegs on the sides of the replacements are spring loaded to keep it properly situated so it is very important that the new weir be exactly where you want it before pulling the pins securing the pegs. I hope this has helped!


How can you vacuum the bottom of an above ground pool out with out losing the water?

If you have the regular set up that includes a skimmer, pump and filter then you don't have to waste any water. Get an lid-to-hose adapter, that fits over the skimmer basket at your pool supply store. Fill the hose with water and attach it to the lid. Place the lid inside the skimmer over the skimmer basket, then vacuum to your hearts content. Pool Masters


Does the main drain line in skimmer have water in it when closing the pool?

It should not have water in it, especially if freezing weather is expected. Drain the pool to below skimmer line and drain the filter and filtration equipment.


Can a Pool have too much water after heavy rain?

Yes it can, you want to keep the water level above half way in your skimmer basket area.


How do you open an inground plaster pool?

For my pool, I do the following: Pool Opening: Add water to above skimmer Open heater and connect heating port inside Reattach chlorinator and lines Connect heater at grey lines Remove skimmer plug Remove rubber plugs from jets Reattach black plugs to pump (2) and to filter (1) Reinstall filter cartridge Take a water sample to a pool store for a free water analysis


When closing an above ground pool Do you have to drain the water below the skimmer?

No, you do not need to drain your pool. In fact, it is way better to keep the pool full so as to save water replacement every spring and the fact that the pool cover will sit higher makes it last longer too. There is a product called an AQUADOR' that covers the skimmer opening much like a Tupperware lid that keeps the water in the pool. It is inexpensive, easy and earth friendly.