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Do I Really Need A Weir Door On My Swimming Pool?

 Maintaining a pool's pristine condition requires more than just regular cleaning and chemical treatment; it involves various components that work together to ensure the best water quality possible. One commonly forgotten, but extremely crucial element is the swimming pool weir. In this article, we'll delve into what a swimming pool weir is and why it is absolutely necessary for the health and cleanliness of your pool.

Understanding the Swimming Pool Weir

A swimming pool weir (or more commonly known as a weir door) is a simple yet highly effective and essential component of the skimmer system, which plays a pivotal role in maintaining water clarity and hygiene. The weir door is typically located at the mouth of the skimmer, positioned at the water level. It looks like a little door at the entrance to the skimmer Its primary function is to capture debris, leaves, insects, and other floating materials and draw it into the skimmer housing itself. 

How Does a Weir Work?

The design of a swimming pool weir is ingeniously straightforward. It consists of a pivoting flap or door that moves with the flow of water. When the pool pump is operational, the water is drawn towards the skimmer. The water flow creates a gentle current that pushes debris and contaminants toward the weir's opening at the mouth of the skimmer entrance. The weir's flap is hinged at the bottom, allowing it to swing open in the direction of the water flow. This allows the debris to enter the skimmer basket while preventing it from floating back into the pool.

Why is a Weir Necessary?

Code Compliance Believe it or not, many state and local codes in the United States require that an operator have a floating weir installed on each of the skimmers in the pool or hot tub. Be sure to check your state and local code to check if you are under this requirement. If you are, please be sure to get your weirs installed asap. 

Debris Removal As leaves, twigs, insects, and other debris fall into the pool, they create an unsightly mess and can mess with the pool's water quality. A swimming pool weir acts as a gatekeeper, intercepting these contaminants before they can sink and decompose, keeping the pool water cleaner.

Preventing Clogs Without a weir, the skimmer basket could become easily clogged, leading to poor water circulation and potential damage to the pool's circulation system. The weir helps distribute the flow of water more evenly, reducing the risk of clogs.

Reduced Maintenance Regularly cleaning the skimmer basket is far easier and less time-consuming than having to manually remove debris from the pool's bottom or surface through skimming. The weir's efficient operation significantly reduces the need for hands-on maintenance.

Learn More About Pool and Hot Tubs By Getting CPO® Certified Today!

Let's be honest, pools and spas are not easy to take care of. It takes a strong knowledge of how it all works together to truly ensure that our pools and spas are properly balanced and free from irritants. Thankfully you have options to help you become more knowledgeable about how to keep your water clean and your swimmers safe. One of these options is taking a CPO Class with Pool Training Academy. Becoming CPO® Certified is one of the best ways to truly become a pool expert. And in many states CPO certification is required to operate a pool or spa commercially. Pool Training Academy is the #1 CPO® Certification provider in the world and our classes are specially tailored to be fun, engaging, and most of all relevant to your needs.Click here to sign up for the next class in your area or to take acompletely online course today and learn everything you need to know to make your pool the best it can be.

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