19 Aug 2013

What is a Diverter Valve in a Swimming Pool

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A little known fact of swimming pool maintenance is a tiny little part called a diverter valve. The valve fits under the basket of the skimmer. Its purpose is to divert where the water come from that is being pulled into the filter — the top or the bottom of your pool.

Years ago, before suction side cleaners, a mechanism at the bottom of the pool would stir up dust and dirt and it would get sucked in through the drain either at the bottom or the top of pool. The diverter allowed a pool owner to choose where the water was pulled from. The swimming pool owner who had lots of foliage or leaves or debris falling into it might want to divert water at the top of the pool into the filter, catching the debris before it sinks to the bottom. A pool owner who had few trees and debris, but plenty of dust and dirt (like near a dusty road) would probably pull the water from the bottom of the pool to remove the accumulated dirt.

Then, when suction side cleaners were introduced, many skimmers were converted to accommodate them and the diverter valve was removed.

The ideal option, as far as Pool People is concerned, is to keep the diverter in the skimmer and add a dedicated line in the side of the swimming pool for the suction cleaner. The pool water circulates much more quickly using both methods and gets the pool cleaner. This also means you don’t need to run your pump as long!

If you have questions about if your pool even has a diverted valve, how to use it, or adding a dedicated suction side cleaner line, call or come into Pool People in Glendale, Arizona. We’ll be happy to answer all your questions. Pool People provides regular pool and spa cleaning, pool and spa maintenance, pool remodeling, pool and spa repairs, as well as tile cleaning for residents of the Northwest Valley in Phoenix. We also have a fully stocked pool store at 5830 W. Thunderbird Rd., Suite B-6, Glendale, AZ.