I just bought a house in Phoenix and have some questions regarding the pool. They previous house I lived in was a rental and had a pool. So I'm familiar with the upkeep of the pool. But the pool in the new house is different.
Apparently it's a lagoon style pool. The weird thing is that there is no skimmer like the last pool. The vacuum hose for the new pool just plugs into a water intake inside the pool all the wall. And there is a clean out basket over by the pump. But there is no skimmer with a skimmer basket or anything. So I can't just run a skimmer to get the fine particles of debris off the surface of the water. Is this normal?
My other question is: the in take for the vacuum hose under the water has a closing flapper type of thing on hinges that closes the hole when the hose isn't plugged into it. If I remove the hose and turn on the filter/pump (so the waterfall and sprinkler run) will it damage the system. It appears to work with the flap closed because water does come out of the waterfall and sprinkler. This in take valve thing appears to be the only place where water is pumped from the pool and through the filter system.
Can anybody provide some insight?