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    Pool Cover Pump

    Please can someone recommend a pool cover pump for use in Toronto?

    It's our first season with a pool and need one to pump water off the cover.

    Also, do people leave the pump outside for the winter or do you manually go and pump water once in a while?


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    h2ctpdjl's Avatar
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    Jul 2008

    Re: Pool Cover Pump

    I use a Rule fully automatic pool cover drain pump. I leave it on my automatic cover all winter long. The pump automatically turns on and checks for water approx. every 2-1/2 minutes. If water is found, it will run or as long as water is present, then it shuts off and returns to its 2-1/2 minute "check". The pump is equipped with a protective circuit that prevents damage in the event it gets imbedded in ice or the impeller becomes jammed with debris. Its a great pump and wouldn't be without it. I bought it online. In fact, the first one I bought died within the warranty period (three years) and they sent me a brand new one, no questions asked.
    18,000 gal, 18x32 IGP, vinyl liner, 3 to 5.5ft depth. One inlet/skimmer (Aqua Genie), one main drain. Hayward Pro Series Sand Filter w/filtration rate of 20 GPM/FT, Two-Speed Pentair Whisperflo 1 HP pump, Natural Gas Hayward H200 pool heater, Aquabot T2 (200 Series) Robotic Pool Cleaner (my best friend), Automatic Electric Pool Cover (2nd best friend).

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    Jun 2007
    New Jersey

    Re: Pool Cover Pump

    I can co-sign everything in the post above, including the no-hassle warranty replacement. The newer replacement models (for several years now) have a domed top, as opposed to flat, and are better sealed so hopefully they won't need it. This is the only pump I have seen that can survive being frozen and thawed. Here in NJ we can go from rain to freeze and back again many times in the course of a winter. The Rule can handle it. Mine stays out all winter.
    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
    Previous: 40,000G 20'x40' I/G Koven unlined WWII salvage 5/8" marine steel; Lomart Stainless Sand Filter; 3/4hp Hayward SuperPump; 1946-2003 (managed by me from about 1964)
    Ancient Taylor K-2000, upgraded with Taylor CH, TA, and FAS-DPD, and TFT CYA tests.

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    Re: Pool Cover Pump

    Thank you h2ctpdjl and Durk!!

    Really appreciate the help.

    A few more questions, please:

    1. Is there any particular pump model from the Rule brand that you would recommend?
    2. Where on the cover do you put the pump? Middle, shallow, deep?

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    bmann71's Avatar
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    Aug 2007
    Washington, Indiana

    Re: Pool Cover Pump

    Another one to consider is the Little Giant (model# 5-APCP). I've gone thru 2 in 11 years. We have some cold hard winters here in Indiana and I leave it out all winter. The only reason the one went out was my lack of preventative maintenance on it. We have many leaves that get on the cover over the winter season and I didn't clean them out like I should have. The one I have now is on year 3 and it's running strong.

    You may find mixed reviews from various sites that sell it but I'd buy another if this one quits.

    Placement is pretty self explanatory. Just wait till you get a little rain and you'll soon see where it needs to be placed. When mine went out I wasn't aware till the following day after a hard rain and I had somewhere in the neighborhood of 100-200 gallon on my cover. I'm shocked it didn't bust my straps/springs that hold it down.
    20,000 gal/ Fiberglass IG/ Sta-rite s7m120 cartridge filter/Sta-rite SR400NA 400,000 btu heater/Polaris 360 Cleaner/K-2006 Test Kit
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    May 2013
    Elgin, IL

    Re: Pool Cover Pump

    I am looking for a solid cover pump as well. I have looked up the one listed above, the Rule, and it is discontinued per their website. Any other recommendations? I live in Illinois and last few winters have been brutal. First year with a solid cover, we have always had mesh. Liked it but was sick of it taking 2 weeks or more to clear up water when opened. Also ours got holes in it from mice eating thru it last summer. Any suggestions are appreciated.
    Elgin, IL
    40x20x18 L-shaped vinyl lined pool
    Pentair Tagelus TA60D sand filter
    Pentair Mastertemp 250 heater

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