I have a ton of trees in my backyard (oaks, maples, etc.) and - even though it's only July - there are a lot of leaves and pollen constantly finding their way into my pool.
I was looking for a solution to help keep the leaves under control and found the PoolSkim. Almost all the reviews were positive so I thought I would take a chance and order one for myself.
I watched a couple videos on installation and got it in the pool. All I can say is I am highly disappointed. The suction seems powerful, but there are leaves and debris floating right by - mere inches away from the vortex. I read some commments that suggested it would work better with slotted returns. So I changed out my eyeball fittings with the slotted kind. That worked to push the water along the edges of the pool, but it didn't help to push any leaves to the unit. One thing I did notice is that once I installed the slotted returns, my pressure shot up. The pressure usually rides around 11 or 12. When I put in the slotted returns, the pressure rose to 18. Is this normal?
I have made a drawing of my freeform pool layout (it's a bit more curvy than the drawing depicts). As you can see, I have two skimmers, four return jets and an outlet for the Polaris. I installed the PoolSkim on the return jet in the shallow end since that is where the giant oak trees seem to drop the most leaves. Then I added slotted returns on the other return jets and created a clockwise flow in the pool.
Should the PoolSkim go on a different return? Looking for help and advice before I give up and list a "slightly used" PoolSkim on eBay.