Keep your skimmer line flowing by vacuuming through the Pentair Leaf Trap!
As a pool professional, there is no worse feeling than vacuuming a pool directly through the skimmer line and suddenly realizing that the line has become clogged. Now a simple cleaning job has become a mission to unclog the skimmer pipe. We use a few methods to clear the skimmer lines of debris and they are not incredibly difficult to perform, but the time that it wastes is the problem for us. As a consumer, I can only imagine the sinking feeling one might feel when discovering that there is little to no suction on the skimmer line after vacuuming.
The important thing is that these clogs can be avoided by using a simple device made by Pentair. It is called a leaf trap and it does just that. The leaf trap contains a mesh bag which catches any debris that you may vacuum up. The included mesh bag is pretty good normally, but there are other options to catch the debris, as well. You can get a heavy duty basket that works better for vacuuming heavy algae or there is a 25 square foot cartridge filter that works very well for fine silt.
You may be asking, “Where do you connect the leaf trap?” Well, you connect a short hose (included) to the hole in the bottom of your skimmer. This hose is connected to the leaf trap, as seen in the photo. Your vacuum hose connects to the other end of the leaf trap and you vacuum the pool as you normally would.
I personally use the Pentair Leaf Trap about 80% of the time I vacuum. Basically, anytime there are more than a dozen leaves in the pool, I get this device out. The alternative is just not worth the risk and setting up the leaf trap takes almost no extra time.