Is there a rule as to how many skimmers a pool should need?

Farrier

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Sep 2, 2020
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Three Rivers, Ca
Commercial pool about 40k gallons. Currently only has two. We are in the bidding war process with different contractors to completely overhaul this sucker. Same say 2 is all required while some have suggested adding 1 or 2 more

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Jimrahbe

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Not sure if commercial pools have special rules for skimmers, but I would think that two skimmers in that pool would be plenty.

Let's see what @JamesW has to say about it..

Thanks,

Jim R
 

JamesW

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You should have a minimum of 1 skimmer per 400 square feet of surface area.

Check your local code for specific rules.
 

JamesW

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For a commercial pool, I would want 4 skimmers on that pool.

I would do an Intelliflo pump.

Do you have a main drain?

If yes, are you keeping it?

What is going to be done on the renovation?
 

Farrier

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Sep 2, 2020
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Three Rivers, Ca
^^^ I just found my code for skimmers. 1 skimmer for 500 sq ft of water. I averaged the 2 different widths across the kideny shape and multiplied the length and I come up with 966 sq ft of service water.

So out of sight in the above picture is a large live oak tree that my wife will not let me cut down. I ended buying a LeafSkim bucket and modified my vac line into a return to use it. I rarely get any leaves settling on the bottom now. If I add more slimmers, will it help grab those leaves? I don't want to use the LeafSkim after rebuild.

Yes, I have one main drain and I have to keep it, but split into 2 of course.

This is my original thread. Prob shouldn't have started a 2nd. As you can see, my current skimmers are not truly skimmers, LOL

 

Farrier

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Sep 2, 2020
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Three Rivers, Ca
Why do you have to keep it?

I would probably get rid of the main drain and go with 4 skimmers.

I'd like to since I use a robot for cleaning anyways. From what I'm reading in my county, I have to keep a bottom drain. Seems stupid, right? And more dangerous for the public. Perhaps I should make another appointment and see if I can convince otherwise.
 
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