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    Skimmer not creating a big suction, and fill water question.

    My skimmers don't seem to create much of a suction, everything just floats on top of the water in the skimmer and not sucked down in the basket. I turned my valve today to add water into my pool and I noticed that everything in my skimmer was pushed back out into my pool. Should water be able to come up through the skimmer back into the pool? My pump was running on a low speed at the time, not sure if that matters. I just expected it to come through the return lines into the pool.

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    Re: Skimmer not creating a big suction, and fill water question.

    Sounds like you do not have the swinging weir on your skimmers like you should.
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    Re: Skimmer not creating a big suction, and fill water question.

    I have a friend with a pool that has her fill line tapped into the piping that feeds back through the skimmer.
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    Re: Skimmer not creating a big suction, and fill water question.

    Each pool is different but on low speed, I would not expect a pump to be able to pull a normally floating object to the bottom of the skimmer basket. If this is important, turn the pump on high and see what you get.

    Correct water level for proper skimmer action is about half way up the skimmer throat. If the water is higher than that, you will get inadequate skimmer performance.
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    Re: Skimmer not creating a big suction, and fill water question.

    Quote Originally Posted by duraleigh View Post
    Each pool is different but on low speed, I would not expect a pump to be able to pull a normally floating object to the bottom of the skimmer basket. If this is important, turn the pump on high and see what you get.

    Correct water level for proper skimmer action is about half way up the skimmer throat. If the water is higher than that, you will get inadequate skimmer performance.
    This is exactly what I see. On low speed the debris swirl in the skimmer, on high speed debris is sucked into the basket.
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