Become a TFP Supporter Pool Math Forum Rules Pool School
Results 1 to 3 of 3

Thread: Skimmer and water level???

  1. Back To Top    #1

    Skimmer and water level???

    Ok first off I have a gripe!!!!!!!! No where in Pool School did I see ANYTHING about looking out for SNAKES in the skimmer!!!!!!!! Luckly he was very small and very scared of me too!! Ok now for the real question where should my water level be and where is the best place to check it from?? I noticed the other day that the skimmer furthest from the pump seemed to be out of water and sucking air before the one near the pump...is this normal???? I ran the water for about 20 minutes yesterday morning the headed to bed (night shift worker) when I got up again the skimmer was sucking air but I had left the fountain on and the wind blew about 40 mph so I think I lost some water to the air yesterday. Waiting on test kit and then I am sure the questions will come quicker!!!...LOL

    Thanks for all your help!
    Brent
    Brent and Lisa
    23,000 gal IG plaster pool with 750gal attached hot tub
    60 sqFt DE filter Hayward EcoStar VS pump Hayward PS-4 Automation T-15 Turbo Cell.

  2. Back To Top    #2
    linen's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Location
    Twin Cities, MN
    Posts
    8,649

    Re: Skimmer and water level???

    Quote Originally Posted by BHall235
    Ok first off I have a gripe!!!!!!!! No where in Pool School did I see ANYTHING about looking out for SNAKES in the skimmer!!!!!!!! Luckly he was very small and very scared of me too!!
    I have a quite a population of garter snakes here...if I had an IGP i know I would have experienced this already. What kind of snake?

    Quote Originally Posted by BHall235
    Ok now for the real question where should my water level be and where is the best place to check it from?? I noticed the other day that the skimmer furthest from the pump seemed to be out of water and sucking air before the one near the pump...is this normal???? I ran the water for about 20 minutes yesterday morning the headed to bed (night shift worker) when I got up again the skimmer was sucking air but I had left the fountain on and the wind blew about 40 mph so I think I lost some water to the air yesterday. Waiting on test kit and then I am sure the questions will come quicker!!!...LOL
    My skimmer works without sucking air if the level is 1.25 inches higher then low edge of the skimmer pool side opening. As for a high level, I try to no go higher than 1 inch below the top of the pool side skimmer opening. Have you checked to makes sure you skimmer weir door is not stuck? That would be my first guess if this is only happening at one skimmer.
    TFP Expert who uses Pool School and my TF100 test kit along with PoolMath for my: Round 11K gallon AGP with deep end, 20" sand filter, Matrix 1hp 2spd, 6 2ftX20ft solar panels (and solar cover!), Intex SWCG (copper bars disconnected) and a Rubadub hot tub (chlorine). The SLAM process is not finished until: 1. CC < 0.5 ppm, 2. An OCLT < 1.0 ppm and, 3. The water is crystal clear.

  3. Back To Top    #3
    Mod Squad Bama Rambler's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Location
    SouthWest Alabama
    Posts
    22,345

    Re: Skimmer and water level???

    Really, the level needs to be where ever the system isn't sucking in air. It sounds like your skimmers aren't perfectly level with each other. In that case you need to measure the water in the highest skimmer and keep it at about 2/3rds to 3/4ths up the face of the skimmer.

    Oh yeah, watch out for snakes and other critters when opening the skimmer top.
    Dave J. TFP Moderator
    24' x 52" Round AGP. 2hp/¼hp SPL Power-Flo 2-speed pump. 200sqft Waterway Cartridge Filter. 45MHP2(3GPD) Stenner Peristaltic Pump
    Pool School ----- Pool Math ----- TF-Test Kit

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •