Introduction to Skim-A-Around
A Pool skimmer is an essential pool accessory that is used for pool water filtering and general pool maintenance. The apparatus helps in getting rid of leaves, bugs, debris and a majority of other contaminants that not only make your pool look unclean but also distort the chemical balance and its safety. Most swimming pools are usually installed with a skimmer but rarely are they efficient. In most cases, pool owners are forced to invest on another skimmer be it a manual or automatic skimmer to keep the pool clean. In today’s review, we will be discussing one such device, the Skim-A-Around.
Before all of that, let’s first look at the:
Types of Pool Skimmers
Automatic pool skimmers are usually fitted to the pump inlet of the swimming pool. As water is getting into the pool through the hose, the skimmers move around collecting any dirt particles before they find their way to the bottom of your pool and your filtration system. These skimmers are usually fitted with either paddles or propellers to facilitate this movement. A majority of these skimmers are also not programmed for any special movement patterns. Instead, they just move randomly collecting dirt all around the water surface and rarely do they get stuck in one spot. Re-deploying the skimmers is, therefore, not very common especially if you were wise in choosing the skimmer.
Unlike the automatic skimmer, this one does not require any electricity to operate. The task of moving it around is, therefore, left to the pool owner. A manual skimmer is hence very simple. You only get a pole fitted with a fine mesh. It also comes with a hose that is connected to your swimming pool pump and outlet system to suck debris as it is moved around. Manual skimmers are cheap and easy to operate, but they are not very efficient when it comes to filtration. They are better suited for collecting large particles floating on the pool water. If you are looking for better filtration, you may have to look for another device.
Self-contained pool skimmers might be new in the market, but they are very efficient. These skimmers utilize sunlight to move around your pool collecting both large and small particles of dirt. The skimmers do not require any electrical power to move around or filter the water. This reduces the cost of keeping your pool clean. The initial cost of obtaining these skimmers is higher compared to the automatic and manual skimmers, but they are much cheaper to operate.
Choosing The Best Skimmer
So, you already know which type of skimmer you want but then how do you know which of the dozens of skimmers available is best for your pool? Here, you have to consider various factors to ensure that the skimmer you are getting will deliver the best possible result for a long time before you have to go looking for its replacement.
Here are the factors that should help you out with your shopping:
- Ease of Installation
Pool skimmers can be quite complicated to set up. This can be a huge problem particularly to people with no DIY skills and may, hence, end up spending even more on a professional. To avoid this, you should look at how easy it is to install the skimmer and if the manufacturer has included a guide on how to set it up.
You should also go for skimmers that do not require any additional accessory to work. Some pool skimmers out there come without a net (which is really weird even calling them a skimmer), and hence the user is forced to spend more on getting these accessories. Such skimmers are usually very affordable, but if you include the cost of buying the accessories, they become quite costly. There is also the issue of compatibility which you will have to consider when buying the accessories. To avoid this headache, buy a skimmer that comes with everything necessary to get it working.
Pool skimmers come in all sorts of materials and shapes. Some of them are hence very durable while others will barely see you through the hot summer season. To make sure that you don’t incur unnecessary loses, look for the most durable materials out there. You can go through user reviews to see how well they perform and last in different weather conditions.
It is also at this point that you should look for skimmers made of UV-resistant materials. This way, you’re guaranteed that the constant exposure to sunlight will not damage its appearance, durability, and functionality.
- How is the skimmer propelled?
The best pool skimmers are propelled by wind. Why? Well, a skimmer that is moved around by wind uses the surface tension and water currents of your pool to collect dirt particles from the surface. This is friendlier to your pool compared to self-propelled skimmers which experience a lot of wear and tear. Keeping such skimmers running is costly, and they may also damage your pool liner.
- Does it attach to your pool system appropriately?
A skimmer may look excellent with good user reviews, but if it cannot be appropriately attached to your pool system, then it becomes rather useless. Ensure that the skimmer can fit into your filtration system properly to allow for optimal circulation of water which in turn ends up cleaning the water more efficiently.
Warranty is the easiest way of gauging how reliable an item is. A pool skimmer with a decent warranty is a sign of a high-quality unit that functions very well to deliver the needed results. Try as much as possible to buy skimmers with warranty covers that you can use to get a refund or free replacement in case it fails to work as advertised.
Skim-A-Around is an excellent “extra-skimmer” that you can use to enhance the performance of your wall skimmer. Some people even use this device as the sole skimmer in their pools, and it still performs very well ensuring that debris has no place in your pool.
Unlike most other skimmers in the market, the Skim-A-Around is made of small openings which is very beneficial, Water from the surface will hence move through these openings at a much faster rate which leads to more suction. As a result, the skimmer will pull not just more debris but also particles from a bigger distance. This keeps your pool clear and free from floating dirt within a short time.
Skim-A-Around is also designed to float on the water. Changing water levels will never affect its performance. Most other pool skimmers require the user to refill the pool when the water levels drop to keep them working, but with this item, it will continue to float and filter your water at all levels.
Installing the Skim-A-Around is also very easy. All you need is to connect it to a vacuum line or at the bottom hole of an existing wall skimmer if you are using as an extra skimmer.
Keeping your swimming pool clean is so vital yet very difficult, and that’s why you cannot ignore any equipment that promises to make the task easier. Skim-A-Around is one of such an item. It collects both small and large debris making it one of the most efficient pool skimmers in the market.