Our in ground pool is 25 years old. It has three suction outlets: the main drain, wall outlet for an auto pool cleaner and a standard in-wall skimmer. The in-wall skimmer has always been a marginal performer and we’ve always done a lot of manual netting of surface debris. The problem was exacerbated when we installed a variable speed pool pump because the suction pull through skimmer was somewhat reduced. Over the years we also had to be careful during dry periods to ensure the skimmer never got low enough to allow air into our system.
Those problems are now solved. The skim-a-round floats around the center of our pool allowing greater coverage for skimming. It seems to have a much greater “pull” even running with the reduced rate of our variable speed pump. Our pool surface is dramatically cleaner than it has ever been. A dry October has reduced our pool level to where we would normally have to top it off, but that’s not an issue any more. There are no moving parts with the skimmer so it should last for years.
As a con, since we have the original model, attached through our side wall skimmer inlet, its’ hose tends to become entangled with our auto pool cleaner hose. So we have to turn off the skimmer suction and remove the skim-a-round from the pool when we run a cleaning cycle. It’s also a bit pricey, especially for a few pieces of extruded plastic.
But all-in-all, we are very happy and are patting ourselves on our backs for making a great purchase.