Still in my first few weeks of maintaining my pool on my own. Dug into the forum and tried to find the answers for my skimmer question, but couldn't exactly pinpoint it so I'm starting this thread. A little background: had my pool water replaced a couple weeks ago and I've been working on getting the pool chemicals in balance. During this process, I've been keen on monitoring the water level and skimmer--especially the leaves and junk floating around in the pool. I found out that my auto-leveler is bad, so I just ordered a new one to replace it. On to the skimmer/diverter....
I noticed that the float in the diverter was being fully pulled down by the pump and closing the suction through the skimmer. From my reading it seems that the necessary step is to swing the flap to halfway and see if it creates less suction so the float doesn't come down. Is that correct? I did notice that the screw on the diverter was loose, so I tightened it and also tested the float to make sure it floats (it does). Do most pool owners have the flap halfway closed?
During my troubleshooting, I removed the diverter altogether as I figured it would intake all the stuff from the top of the pool. But, in the morning, it doesn't seem like the skimmer is pulling very much in whatsoever. The water level seems to be fine as the skimmer flap (the door that allows water into the skimmer area) can block stuff from getting out when the skimmer is off. This is now my primary focus and want to solve it if possible. Maybe the settings are not working that force the water towards to skimmer?
I'm happy to post pictures if that could help. Any insight into the skimmer issue would be appreciated. Thanks!