First time in-ground pool owner, and after 6 months we finally went in for a swim on the 4th of July. Anyway, now I'm obsessed with making sure the pool is operating properly. After taking the vacuum hose out of the skimmer for first time to go swimming, I realized my pool didn't come with either a skimmer basket or weir door (literally a week ago, I knew none of these terms). Now, we don't have really any leaves or debris on the surface, but we do have dead gnats (not enough to be disgusted by but enough to notice). After realizing that I can't have the surface and bottom/walls of pool clean simultaneously (of can I?), I've decided to alternate days in which I clean the surface and the bottom. My question is, do I really need the skimmer basket and weir door if the only debris on the surface are gnats?
By the way, while I have your attention, going swimming for first time in pool allowed for several loose peebles on the pool deck to fall in the pool. Any ideas on best way to pick them up? I'm sure them going through the skimmer and into the filter would not be a good thing.