A skimmer basket is an important part of your swimming pool’s filtration system. Without it, your pool will be filled with small bits of debris and sand. It more than likely will not be as blue or clear. A skimmer basket can last for several years. However, if it breaks, it’s important to change it as soon as possible. Replacing it immediately will keep your system running efficiently while putting very little stress on the motor.

What Is a Skimmer Basket?

A skimmer basket is a small, removable basket that fits into the skimmer of your pool. The holes in the basket are small enough to act as a sieve. The water continually flows through the basket carrying the tiny bits of debris that find their way into the water. The skimmer hose can be used as a vacuum to pick up sand and small bits of debris, but avoid trying to vacuum larger pieces as they will clog the system and possibly damage the motor. Check your skimmer basket regularly and empty it at least once or twice a week.

Pool Maintenance Checklist

There are several steps to maintaining your swimming pool. The first step in cleaning your pool is to remove as much debris as possible using the pool net. Sweeping the bottom and sides of your pool with the pool brush will remove any debris stuck to the sides. Next, vacuum the bottom of the pool with the skimmer hose and check the balance of your pool’s chemicals. Cleaning your pool every other day or so will keep the water clear and blue. When it comes to the skimmer basket, it should be checked once or twice a week to make sure it isn’t clogged or broken.

Keep the Skimmer Line Open and Free of Debris

The skimmer line goes from the pool and through the pool’s filtration system. Water continually circulates through the entire system. If the water is always in motion, it is more difficult for mold or algae to grow and thrive. Keeping the lines open and removing debris on a regular basis will ensure that your pool’s filtration system is able to work efficiently. Our team of pool maintenance professionals can help you clear a clogged line if your filtration becomes sluggish.

Understanding how different parts of your pool work will allow you to take care of minor issues on your own. However, when you need professional assistance, contact our experts at Sparkling Clear Pool Service. We have years of experience and can provide you with quality service on very short notice. If you need to have your pool serviced or professionally cleaned, call our office today to schedule an appointment. We are here to help you keep your pool in top working condition!