When the summer season is over, it’s time to close down your pool and prepare for the winter season. However, this doesn’t mean you just throw a cover over your pool and leave it alone until springtime. Your pool must be maintained regularly no matter what season it is. This means maintaining the winter cover and keeping the pool water clean and at the appropriate level. The cover takes a lot of abuse from the nasty weather of the winter, so you must ensure it stays clean and firm. If the cover takes too much abuse, then it could cause rain and snow to get through and raise the water level.
There is a straightforward piece of equipment which can solve all your pool maintenance problems during the winter. It will both protect your cover from damage and prevent water from building up in the pool. This equipment is called a pool cover pump. Let’s examine its features so you can understand why it works great for maintaining pools.
A winter pool cover prevents weather debris like leaves, snow, twigs, and rain from getting into the pool water. The only problem is this debris stays on top of the pool cover. There is no automated system that removes the debris.
The more debris and water that accumulates on top of the cover, the more weight that accumulates in the center. For every 1 inch of rain per square foot of space, you have 5.2 pounds of weight on there. Imagine a pool cover with 280 square feet of surface space, which is what a 12’ x 24’ swimming pool normally requires. This would cause 1 inch of rain to put approximately 1,456 pounds of weight on your cover from the rainwater. With this much weight pushing on the center of your cover, you’ll need a replacement cover very soon. Plus, the cover cannot prevent the water and melted snow from seeping through slowly.
Before you can take off the cover and open your pool, you need to remove the water which stands on top of it. If you think you can handle the job, then remove the water yourself. Otherwise, hire a professional to do it for you. This is necessary if hundreds of pounds of water pressure have built up on your pool cover for a couple of months.
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A manual pump may sound primitive, but it is actually quite simple to use. You won’t need to pump or twist a lever to remove the debris and water from your cover. What the “manual” pump does is it pumps out these elements from your cover after you manually activate the pump. So, if you see debris accumulating on top of your cover, then you simply turn on the pump. That is it.
Of course, the problem with manual pump comes from human error. If you don’t monitor the severity of the debris on your cover, then it could cause problems for it if you’re not around to turn on the pump.
This is what makes the automatic pool cover pump so much better. You just place it in the center of your winter pool cover and leave it there. When rain falls onto the cover, the pump activates automatically to pump out the water after it reaches a certain level. You should periodically check on the cover anyway, but this will at least prevent a lot of problems from happening.
Please note that a pool cover pump cannot eliminate snow from your cover. You must wait until the snow melts first. Once it becomes liquid water, the pump can successfully remove it from the cover. But you need to be careful here because sometimes ice can form instead of water. This will make the situation worse. Just to be safe, remove the snow when it’s on your cover using a snow removal tool. Make sure its head is made of non-abrasive foam. That way, the pool cover won’t get damaged or torn as you push off the snow from the cover.
Automatic pool cover pumps are the best, but they also cost more. If you’re not afraid to invest the money, then go with this pump every time. But if you’re looking to save money and don’t mind manually having to activate the pump, then go with the manual pool cover pump.
The automatic pool cover pump called the “Wayne WAPC250” is the best pump around. Once the water comes up to a certain level on the machine, the pump activates automatically. There is also a filter attached to prevent debris from knocking over or clogging the pool cover pump. This gives you the freedom to walk away without having to monitor it.
The Wayne WAPC250 has the ability to pump as much as 3,000 gallons of water per hour. It only has a 1.25” drain hose and a 25’ power cord too. If the temperature outside is freezing, the motor of the pump will be automatically protected by the freeze protection technology included. When you place the pump on the cover, you can position it properly with the 25’ rope that comes with it.
This Little Giant automatic pool cover pump may not be as powerful as the Wayne WAPC250, but it can still pump out as much as 1,745 gallons per hour. Since the pump is automatic and submersible, it will activate automatically if the water level on the cover is 2 inches high around the perimeter of the pump. When the water level goes under 2 inches, the pump automatically shuts off.
You can attach a regular garden hose to the Little Giant pool cover pump. You can clean and maintain the pump easily because it features an intake screen that is removable. The machine only weighs about 13 pounds. This certainly won’t stress out the pool cover too much.
This is an affordable automatic pool cover pump which doesn’t require much work to operate. It is completely submersible and pumps out water when it gets up to 1/8” high. Included in the kit are a garden hose adapter and a 25’ power cord. These are the same accessories you’ll find included with the Wayne and Little Giant pool cover pumps.
The Ocean Blue can pump around 250 gallons of water per hour because it has a small motor. It is automated though, so you don’t have to monitor it while it’s pumping.
The Little Giant gives you some additional control when it comes to removing water. It is also a durable and affordable pump too. Once you connect the 0.75” garden hose, you just plug in the pump. It will then start removing the water when it is high enough. Your hose won’t be clogged with debris because of the intake screen that comes with the Little Giant.
It can pump 550 gallons of water per hour. If there is standing water, it may take some time to remove it. Try to maintain the pump and cover regularly to make the removal process go faster. You can submerge the motor completely if you want to.
The Fibropool cover pump weighs only 3.6 pounds and is very inexpensive. It can pump around 600 gallons of water per hour. Best of all, it comes with a 16’ drain hose of its own. You don’t need to use your own garden hose for the pump.
This 16’ power cord is not long, so you need to position the pump close to a power outlet. Having a narrow pool helps too.
It doesn’t matter if you choose an automatic or manual pool cover pump. Any pump is better than no pump as far as maintenance is concerned. It gives you peace of mind knowing that the terrible winter months won’t destroy our cover or pool. But no matter which season it is, you won’t need to do as much cleaning when this pump is actively being used.