Skimmer and pump baskets prevent debris from getting into the pump. All kinds of things can get in a skimmer basket, from hair and leaves to small animals and insects.
If the basket gets blocked, the turnover of clean water in the pool is reduced. After a while the pump can be damaged and the pump seals fail. The skimmer and pump baskets should be cleaned at least weekly. Skimmer and basket cleaning is always a part of our regular pool maintenance package.
You can help keep your skimmer basket from needing additional cleaning between maintenance visits:
- Make sure your feet are clean before entering the pool,
- Wear a swim cap to avoid hair getting into the skimmer,
- Keep grounds near the pool free of debris, and make sure nearby tree branches are pruned, and
- Remove all pool toys after each swim.