I'm having a **** of a time trying to get my skimmer to clean the top of my pool. I have a valve that controls either skimmer or vacuum. I thought that if I stopped vacuuming every day (and having to set my pump at 2800 rpms), I'd be able to save money by just running the skimmer. Unfortunately, I just can't get it set right. I've tried 1600 rpms-2600 rpms. At @ 2200+ I start to get the vortex and sometimes can see the floaties diving down into the skimmer basket. This is while having only the skimmer side of my valve open.
Is it possible my water level is slightly too high which doesn't allow the skimmer to work properly? It's in the top half of my tile, which puts it just over halfway up the skimmer opening in the side of my pool. Is 2600 rpms too much for one 2" line? I think I also read somewhere that you don't want the vortex in your skimmer, but if not then you can't even see the recent pollen that has created a film on top of my pool moving in the direction of the skimmer.
Somehow, either late at night or early in the morning, my spa is losing a lot of water. It only started happening recently, and I thought that perhaps it was a leak (because there's a crack in the stair leading into my spa). That being said, there's an automated valve that returns back to my pool and spa (labeled pool and spa obviously). When the spa is off, the valve opens the pool portion ever so slightly, and closes again when I turn on the spa. If I turn off the automation, and keep the pool portion closed, my spa will stay full overnight. Did I just answer my own question? Do I have a leak in the pool returns?
That doesn't make sense either, because the spa has one of those single direction valves on it. Hmm.
Ugh, too much frustration.