The skimmer in your swimming pool is designed to filter out a lot of the larger debris from the pool before it hits the motor and filters. For the most effective flow of water in your pool, the skimmer basket should be emptied frequently. The basket should be in good shape and be replaced when it gets old and begins to crack from exposure to the chemicals in your pool.
However, there are a couple of other things you need to know. If you plug your skimmer directly into the back hole that leads into the pump, you don’t need to worry about this. However, if you use a skimmer plate attachment, then you to need to know that at the bottom of the skimmer are two holes. Then one closest to the pool must be plugged for the skimmer to work effectively. Otherwise you’ve got no suction. Of course, these are made of rubber or plastic and chlorine is hard on both materials, so these can wear out or break. That’s why it is good practice to check it every once in a while.
Even trickier, occasionally, when you pull the skimmer basket to empty it, the plug will pull out and jump holes. So before you put the skimmer basket back, check to make sure the plug is where it belongs, otherwise, your pool sweeper won’t work well if at all.
Standard size plugs are 2 inches around, but older model pools are smaller. Unfortunately, the older plugs are getting harder and harder to find. We joke a bit here at Pool People … if you want an old plug, work with an old pool guy … we still know where to find the old stuff.