A couple of weeks into the new to me pool, water is clear, chemistry is right, now to figure things out. I have noticed that the skimmers don't do a great job of skimming. If there is a good wind storm, and the pine needles and palms attack the pool, they will congregate in the skimmers, but they don't get pulled into the basket.
I have two valves, I expect one for skimmers, and one for the drains. The previous owner had both wide open, and likely never changed them, as they are frozen, and as I tried to close one, the handle snapped off in my hand ( no air leak fortunately). Obviously I am looking at changing the two valves out in time, likely when I replace the dysfunctional SWG that hasn't worked for a while.
Once this is done, should I expect that there is slight water movement in the skimmers, and live with the floating stuff that I will manually have to skim? Or should I close the drain valve slightly to gain more suction in the skimmers?