Moved into new house, not sure if skimmer is working as well as it could. Water level is about halfway up skimmer opening, not much gets sucked in. I have 2 drains that go to pump (one shut off), and the skimmer (other shut off). Should I shut the drain pipe so all is getting pulled through the skimmer line (so it sucks more)? I could reset auto pool fill to an inch lower. What's the best approach? Skimmer (below basket) has 2 holes/pipes, one covered with that's covered with a rotatable plate. What do they do?
Our neighborhood association mows around the pool and outside the fence, blowing grass into pool once a week. Takes "forever" for it to get skimmed off. Also big oak that drops a few leaves daily.