From one pool owner to another I highly recommend these tips to keep your pool clean and running smooth!
1. Add a pool sock to your skimmer basket. The basket is great for catching bigger debris like leaves and such, but it let's lots of sand and small debris by. Because it catches more debris you will have to clean it more often. They are about $10 for a pack of 30 that are reusableable. I also add the weight(red golf club weight) in the sock to prevent it from floating. Well worth it!
2. Add a canister filter to your vacuum suction line. I recommend one with a net vs one with a basket for the same reason noted above. This also will filter what your vacuum is sucking up sending to your main pump filters. This filter you can pick up for $40.
So these 2 items cost you a whopping $50 to protect your very expensive pool pump equipment. Hope these tips can help save you some money down the road.