Helix Pond Skimmer
The Helix Pond Skimmer in our opinion is the best pond skimmer available, and we don’t say that just because we are an Authorized Helix Contractor but because we really believe it. We have installed, serviced, repaired or seen every type of skimmer available to the koi pond and water garden market.
The Helix Pond Skimmer is the only pond skimmer that is fish safe, versatile an durable… let’s not forget it is made right here in the U. S. A.
The Helix Skimmer is designed to attract leaves and debris that accumulate on the surface of your pond by a floating weir creating a strong surface current. This surface current draws water from the top few inches of the pond causing leaves to float towards the floating weir. Once they are within an inch or so the leaves get drawn into the weir and are trapped in the basket. The basket and weir are easily removed from the skimmer body and the leaves can then be removed from the basket.
Just about every pond should have a fully functional skimmer. Ponds that are surrounded by large trees, flowering trees or trees that drop seeds such as an Oak or Ash should all have a skimmer with adequate suction.
The Helix Pond Skimmer has 3 optional sized debris baskets. If you have a heavy leaf load and can only service your pond weekly, the large 30″ basket may be the right size for you.
Helix Pond Skimmer and Pumps
The Helix Pond Skimmer has the ability to work with both submersible and external pumps. With an external pump the large basket will easily fit and remove a massive amount of leaves. Most skimmers can be custom drilled to match a submersible pump for easy installation.
Skimmer Body Construction
The Helix Skimmer is built of quality plastic materials and is much thicker than other skimmers available. This extra thickness allows for a stronger body which prevent the body easily becoming warped by the surrounding soil and tree roots. The face-plate on this skimmer allows for easy installation and if needed repair. The hardware which secures the face-plate to the body is high grade marine stainless steel which will extend the life of the entire skimmer.
Helix Pond Skimmer with auto fill
The auto fill is placed in a location on the skimmer which represents the actual water level in the pond, and not the skimmer. This prevents accidental overfilling or flooding of the pond and surrounding landscape. Proper installation of the water supply line is also important (please read our blog post on proper auto fill installation here).
Because of the high-tech design of the skimmer, regular service is required and frequent monitoring should be done in times in heavy winds.
What does this mean???
When most pond skimmers experience heavy debris such as leaves or small twigs, the skimmer opening, or door slowly becomes blocked, restricting the flow of water into the skimmer, at this time the net or basket also becomes full. Once this happens the water flow is greatly restricted to the pump area. This prevents the pump from receiving an adequate flow of water. This is not a desired result since the pump will now only be partially submerged and must work for the water. This can cause the pump to overheat which can lead to premature failure.
Cleaning and Maintenance
There are only a few parts in the Helix Pond Skimmer that require attention, other than the pump. The auto fill device and the debris basket.
The auto fill device should be check and inspected every time the debris basket is cleaned out to ensure that level of the pond is correct.
The debris basket collects a lot of debris and should be checked often… after all, the faster the debris is removed from the pond the healthier the pond will be. The basket is simple to empty. Just pull the floating weir and basket out, remove the debris and replace.
We recommend and always try and implement the Helix Pond Skimmer into every pond we design and build. If we are replacing an older skimmer on a pond our first choice is the Helix Pond Skimmer. Feel free to contact our staff if you have any further questions about the Helix Skimmer.