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    How often do people clean out their skimmers?

    I clean mine out once a week under normal circumstances, i.e. no big wind storms etc. They're pretty full of leaves and bugs when I clean them out, I do use skimmer socks by the way. Just wondering if I should clean them out more often.
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    I try to look at mine daily and rinse the sock/clean out as needed. Sometimes it's daily, sometimes a few days in between.

    Anything sitting in the skimmer is organic and getting attacked by chlorine. I like to get it out when I can.

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    It's not often I go more than one day without cleaning out both my skimmer basket and my pump basket. The combination of leaves, bugs and frogs require some attention I find, especially since the smaller frogs seem to get to the pump basket sometimes.

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    I clean mine every couple of days, unless there has been a heavy storm, or lawn mowing, etc.
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    every morning and night the skimmer basket, and every other day for the pump basket.
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    I check and usually clean the skimmer and sock every day and clean the skumbug also.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CaOCl2
    Every day. Pouring rain or not.
    Having a pool right under a huge maple tree is such a joy.

    yea, that's one of the reasons I don't have a built in pool right now....I would have to chop down about 8 large trees...

    so, an AG pool that's 18x48 6280 gallon metal frame Intex pool that I can take down during the winter, is good enough for the kiddies ages 7 and 9 for now.
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    I check the skimmer basket for frogs, mice or excess bugs everyday. Probably empty it three or four times a week. I check the pump basket two or three times a week, but it usually only needs emptying every couple of weeks.
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    I check the skimmer baskets every day. The pump basket every two to three weeks. I usually find lots of bugs in she skimmer baskets. When the dog is in the pool over the weekends, they are full of his hair.
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    You're supposed to empty those basket thingies? Who'd a thunk it?

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    Every day, sometimes more like spring when there is tree seeding/pollen floating about. When using skimmer socks, it seems the pump basket really only needs once every 10 days or even less. Big difference those socks make.
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    Once a day, once every other day? I feel like such a pool pig..oink..oink. I'll go home tonight and clean these out and start doing it more often.
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    Once a day or more. Although most times I don't need to clean it that often...but who could tell.


    The worst case, for my skimmer, was when the cicadas were here a few months ago. I'm not sure if they're attracted to water near the end of their life cycle or what. But earlier in the morning I was outside watering some of the plants in the back yard when I started to get dive bombed by the red eyed bugs. It appeared that they were attracted to the water. Well...later that day I looked at the skimmer basket it was loaded with cicadas. I didn't think about taking pictures until right now...maybe in another 17 years :P



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    Great question - has my curiosity up!!

    With the last pool we would clean the skimmer baslet out daily, or more often the day we mowed or monsoon winds hit. The pump basket was cleaned on average of 1 x week, more if the skimmer basket collected lots of debris.

    I will be trying the sock with our new pool.
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    Almost daily. Since I started using a sock (knee high panty hose thingies) - a lot more stuff gets caught.
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    Pool store guy said don't bother with socks. Let the filter do what it is designed to do

    I change socks out about every 3 days.
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    I only need to clean mine out once or twice per week unless there is a big storm.
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    I check both the skimmer and pump basket daily. Usually have to clean out the skimmer and sock daily or every other day, and the pump basket about once a week, if that.
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