A swimming pool skimmer is an accessory that allows you to swim in a facility with little leaves, twigs, and other contaminants. That always leaves the possibility of finding some material floating around.
Luckily, there are products that you can add to the skimmer basket to improve efficiency. Two such skimmers are SkimDoctor and Skim-A-Round that help to enhance velocity.
SkimDoctor 2.0 for Inground Pools Review
SkimDoctor was upgraded to the 2.0 model, and it uses basic physics principles to provide vortex in the skimmer. It is a technology that helps to boost the water velocity to ensure that all debris gets into the basket.
1. Inner Slots in the Tube
The product features slots in the inner side that help to speed up the surface water flow – where the leaves and bugs are found. By forcing this water via the SkimDoctor’s narrow slot, the water speed increases.
In technical terms, the water gets to the vortex skimmer basket, which has narrow channels from the top with more full channels.
2. Bernoulli Principle
One thing to note is the water volume does not change when moving from the two channels at any given time; it is only the speed that increases. That phenomenon is known as the Bernoulli principle, and it explains why the water flows faster when the path narrows due to rocks and other things.
3. 3-Fold Bernoulli Effect
Besides that, the SkimDoctor 2.0 tube forces the pool water to move around that tube in two directions. That helps to make the channels even narrower and to provide a 3-fold Bernoulli effect.
4. Draws Debris Quickly
Most of the debris is located on the water surface. SkimDoctor boosts the surface water speed to ensure that the leaves and bugs get drawn quickly to the skimmer basket.
That means you get a chance to run the pump less time, and the SkimDoctor has these benefits:
- Save the operation cost
- Boost the storage room in the basket
- It gives you a better way to remove the trash when the basket is full
Skim-A-Round Models Reviews
Skim-A-Round products were developed to protect your pool pump when the water is low. Water can drop below the pool skimmer opening because of different reasons like leak and evaporation.
These products come with an air-tight design that allows you to connect them to the wall skimmer and leave them to float around. You can have the confidence that no air can get inside to damage the pump.
They also do a great job of collecting leaves, bugs, toys, and other trash on the water surface. Some pool owners even use Skim-A-Round accessories as the only pool skimmers.
You can choose from four models of Skim-A-Round:
1. Skim-A-Round Original Review
You can connect this unit to a wall skimmer or suction line and leave it to float around. It reaches about 8-inch from the wall and cleans your facility from both sides.
The unit pulls leaves, bugs, and other materials from a distance thanks to its unique engineering and design.
2. Skim-A-Round AS Vac Attachment Review
This unit connects to a suction-powered floor vac and moves around your pool when cleaning. Just like the original model, it comes with a full-size skimmer basket to ensure that it collects more dirt.
3. Skim-A-Round Ultimate Review
It is a hybrid of the original and the vac attachment versions. That means you get the feature of the vac attachment and those of the original stand-alone unit.
You can alternate between the two settings, and that lets you clean your pool even when the pool vacuum is turned off.
4. Skim-A-Round All-In-One Review
The system combines all features and technologies of the other three versions but fits your existing skimmer housing. It does not float around, and it helps to improve the wall skimmer to remove all debris from your pool.
The Bottom Line
SkimDoctor and Skim-A-Round Skimmers can help to remove leaves and debris from your pool surface. They work even when the water is low.