A Thru wall skimmer is an accessory every pool should have. It helps to filter and clean the water inside your swimming pool. If you have an Intex above ground pool, the skimmer comes in even handier. How can you install a Thru wall skimmer on Intex pool? Well, this post is just for you! Here is a comprehensive guide that will assist you with the entire process.
Thru Wall Skimmer and Your Pool
If you happen to have an Intex pool, the Thru wall skimmer offers you arguably the easiest and most efficient way of cleaning the pool water. If you haven’t installed such a skimmer before, it can be a challenge installing it now. However, the simple steps outlined in this article will assist you in setting up in a short time and without plenty of hassle.
Before we outlined the steps to take, there are certain important things you must know.
What is a Pool Skimmer?
It is important to know what a pool skimmer is and what it does in a pool. If you aren’t familiar with the device, the pool skimmer is simply a device that cleans the pool. It does this by sucking in water and filtering the water.
Using a skimming action, it separates contaminants like leaves, insects, and debris from the water and prevents these from reaching the bottom of the pool.
The accumulated debris is passed to a basket, and the filtered water is returned to the pool via the filter pump. Mostly, it takes contaminated water, removes the contaminants and returns clean water back into the pool.
What is a Thru Wall Skimmer?
The Thru wall skimmer is like most skimmers because it helps to remove contaminants from the pool. The water passes through the skimmer and traps these in the basket. Using a Thru Wall skimmer, more water will pass through the skimmer. Therefore, it removes more debris than your regular skimmer on the market.
Apart from removing more debris, the Thru Wall skimmer has a weir door to trap the debris in the basket, even when the pump is off. Thus, at no point does the debris re-enter the pool.
In addition, the weir door controls water flow into the pump and stops damaging, excess air from entering the pump system and filter.
The combination of all these features ensures that your Intex pool remains clean. It also ensures that the pools’ pump and filter systems work optimally.
How to Install Thru Wall Skimmer on Intex Pool
Now that we have considered what the Thru Wall skimmer is and its benefits, let’s see how to install it. Here are the steps to follow.
- Fill the Pool
Prepare the pool by filling it with water up to 2′. Why? Well, filling the pool will stretch the pool liner into position.
- Assemble the Skimmer
After filling the pool and having the pool liner in position, you should assemble the skimmer if it doesn’t come pre-assembled. If you are not sure about assembling the skimmer, you should consult the manufacturer’s instructions.
- Install the Skimmer
Third step is to install the skimmer. Make three corner holes at the top and place flat head screws at these holes. Push the screws in through the holes while ensuring that the skimmer and screws are aligned. Through the liner, gasket, and faceplate, place and tighten flat head screws.
- Remove the Extra Liner
Remove the excess liner to keep everything looking neat. The skimmer faceplate is an excellent guide when removing the excess liner.
These first four steps will help you to attach a Thru wall skimmer. If you want to improve the filter system of your Intex pool, the next step will come in handy
- Add a Vacuum line
Interestingly, the Thru Wall skimmer is where you hook the vacuum hose when you want to clean the pool. Attaching a vacuum line can help to improve the efficiency of your Thru Wall skimmer.
Installing a Thru wall skimmer can be hard if you have no DIY skills. However, following our instructions in this How to Install a Thru Wall Skimmer on Intex Pool guide will help you set it up and have the skimmer working in no time.