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    Pool cover pump can't handle muck

    Hi, all,

    I'm having a devil of a time trying to pump the April rainwater off my inground pool cover. A lot of vegetation got on the cover and rotted, and now when I try to pump the water off, the pump's spongy filter clogs up after 30 seconds with muddy gunk. I am afraid to run the cover pump without the filter on it for fear it will clog and burn up the motor. Anyone got some tips or ideas for pumping the water off? I've tried using a bucket to scoop it off, but it's slow going and I almost fell in once.

    Help!

    Thanks in advance,

    Dave
    21,000 gal IG vinyl, 1 HP pump, 44 GPM flow rate sand filter

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    Re: Pool cover pump can't handle muck

    two things...try turning the pump on it's side so that the sponge is vertically positioned. 2nd option would be to get an old salad strainer...put it on the cover where the water has collected, then put the pump in the strainer...that's all I can think of for now
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    Re: Pool cover pump can't handle muck

    Putting it vertical hit me this morning. That might work! If not, I'll try the salad strainer. Great ideas! Thanks!
    21,000 gal IG vinyl, 1 HP pump, 44 GPM flow rate sand filter

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    Re: Pool cover pump can't handle muck

    Had a similar issue due to my rule cover pump just dying after a few months use. Ended up with a small pool on the top of my large pool cover and it filled with all kinds of junk in the time with no cover pump.
    I took the pool brush and slowly pushed the muck from center to the other side.
    Doing it slowly lets you keep ahold of the muck and let the water come back down to the center of the cover.
    I can't push it all the way off since my pool is too wide for that, but I can then go to the other side and pull it off the rest of the way.
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    Re: Pool cover pump can't handle muck

    I don't know the consistency of your muck, but this trick works for me on the leaf soup that accumulates during the winter here. I put the cover pump in one of those mesh bags they sell for camping. It does a better job and takes longer to plug up--actually, it almost never does. It is also easier to clean than actually dismantling the pump. My cover pump (a Rule) does not have a sponge, and neither do the Little Giants. Maybe you might do better with one of those.
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    Re: Pool cover pump can't handle muck

    Durk, that's a good tip.

    That would be good to place into that "Tips I thought everybody knew...." thread!
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    Re: Pool cover pump can't handle muck

    Quote Originally Posted by duraleigh
    Durk, that's a good tip.

    That would be good to place into that "Tips I thought everybody knew...." thread!
    I actually saw it on this forum a few years ago in a cover pump thread so it wouldn't be MY tip. But you're right, it deserves to be there. I'll do it, with appropriate disclaimer. It really does work. Of course, YMMV. (Your Muck May Vary)
    Current: 28,000G 18'x36' I/G AnthonySylvan Plaster; Waterway 60 sq.ft. DE Filter; 1.0hp x 1.65 SF Two-Speed (B2982) WhisperFlo; 2004-Present
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