how to remove skimmer with the pump running and keep debri from getting sucked in?


Well-known member
Jul 6, 2016
Gainesville, FL
during leaf season I need to clean skimmer baskets multiple times a day and don't want to shut off the pump every time. Is there a way to "lock" the weir in upright position to block the flow while you are cleaning the skimmer?


Well-known member
Jun 13, 2013
If you lock the weir with the pump still running it'll block the water to the extent that the pump will (likely quickly) empty the skimmer, and then the plumbing...and then the pump will start sucking air and will lose prime.


LifeTime Supporter
Aug 19, 2014
Pacific NW
just reach in and yank out the debris....the suction should keep the basket from coming out.
you won't get it all, but likely most of it.

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