I’m a fairly new owner of an in-ground pool (came with the house) and have noticed that a lot of debris (leaves, frogs, etc.) gets around my skimmer basket and sucked into the pump basket. This is very frustrating because I have to clean the pump basket daily. I’ve deduced that the reason this happens is because there is a plug in the bottom of my skimmer (on the pool side) that is not set below the open hole on the deck side that connects the skimmer to the filter. The skimmer basket is not able to sit flush on top of the open hole, which allows debris to enter under the basket. My main drain has an independent line to the filter, which is why I believe the poolside hole is plugged. Can I remove the plug so that the basket will sit on the bottom of the skimmer? Or are there any aftermarket parts/extensions I can buy to shim the basket off the bottom of the skimmer? I’ve attached some photos.
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