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    Skimmer diverter closes suddenly

    So I'm brand new to pools and just bought a house with a pool. I am trying my best to maintain it but sometimes the skimmer diverter stops allowing water to come through the skimmer. I have it set with the bottom almost completly open and initially it works. After a few hours I've been going back outside and no water is coming through the skimmer. I have to remove the diverter and play around with it for water to start coming through the skimmer.. Anyone know why this might be happening? Do I have to have the diverter on? There are two holes underneath the diverter if that means anything. Thanks!

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    mas985's Avatar
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    Re: Skimmer diverter closes suddenly

    I would recommend not using the diverter at all. The only thing they do is reduce flow and you really want maximum flow. You can unscrew the diverter from the float valve and still use the float valve if you want to or just remove the entire float assembly. The float protects the pump when the water level gets too low and it also helps to pull more water from the main drain although that is not always necessary.
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    Re: Skimmer diverter closes suddenly

    wow thanks for the quick reply.. i am taking the diverter out now.. also i just added a few cups of pool perfect + phosfree, how soon can i swim after?

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    Silver Spring, MD

    Re: Skimmer diverter closes suddenly

    You don't need to wait more than a couple of minutes after using pool perfect/phos free before swimming. By the by, I wouldn't bother with pool perfect or phos free unless you have one of the problems that specifically calls for using them. Pool Perfect can be very useful if you are getting oily accumulations on the walls of the skimmer or a visible oil film on the surface of the water, but I wouldn't bother with it otherwise. And we never recommend using phosphate removers.
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    Re: Skimmer diverter closes suddenly

    Ok thanks! Pool was looking kinda cloudy and I wasn't sure if I was getting enough chlorine out of our tabs we have in the little floater device. Any other place to put the tabs? Can you put it in the skimmer?

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    Re: Skimmer diverter closes suddenly

    Did not realize I was responding to a thread that was 2 years old. Doh.....
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    Re: Skimmer diverter closes suddenly

    Didn't realize I was reading a post that was 2 yr But I learned about the diverter! Never could figure out what mine was good for.
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