We're building a new house with a pool, and I'm trying to design the pool to minimize the maintenance time. Our existing pool has the basic weir-style skimmer. It does an ok job, but I have a few issues with it:
1. I'm constantly cleaning it, particularly in the fall. If we leave town for a few days, the skimmer clogs with leaves and starts sucking in air.
2. The weir is slightly too small for the skimmer opening (or maybe the opening is warped), so it gets stuck closed. I fixed this by installing a self-adhesive rubber bumper on the top of the skimmer opening - that keeps it from closing fully, but it's still a bad design or potentially a botched install.
3. When we're swimming and stirring up water, the weir constantly bangs into the bumper with a loud "thunk". Even in pools where the weir fits correctly, it still makes that noise. Not exactly zen.
Are there any skimmer designs that don't need to be cleaned often (or ideally cleaned at all) and don't use a weir?