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    Any way to pump water off cover back into pool?

    We live in the country with a VERY old well pump so normally every year I have pool water trucked in to the tune of $250+ to fill up the pool. This year there is quite a bit of water on the cover and wondering if anyone has successfully pumped the water off their cover back into the pool without to much grief to the water in the pool. I took the skimmer cover off and took a good sniff...still quite a strong chlorine smell. Hubs is trying to figure out a way to use the pool filter so the water gets filtered before going back in.

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    Re: Any way to pump water off cover back into pool?

    Can't you just pull the cover off and spill all the water into the pool?
    It should not hurt the water in the pool, you will likely have to clean the pool up anyway.
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    Re: Any way to pump water off cover back into pool?

    Quote Originally Posted by redhdgirl417 View Post
    I took the skimmer cover off and took a good sniff...still quite a strong chlorine smell.
    A strong chlorine smell typically comes from CC (chlorine breaking down organic matter). Once you figure out the water transfer (I agree with jbizzle above about trying to pull cover off if you can), you will definitely want to use that TF-100 kit to get accurate readings.

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    Re: Any way to pump water off cover back into pool?

    I'd get all the leaves off first by raking the cover with a leaf rake and then, as jblizzle said, dump away and SLAM it. I don't think you're going to get away with not SLAM'ing it even if you did filter it somehow first.
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    Re: Any way to pump water off cover back into pool?

    Thanks for the advice! The water is a bit green on top but like you've said, dump and SLAM with lots of circulation. Loved to open to crystal clear last spring but not that water truck bill.
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    Re: Any way to pump water off cover back into pool?

    You'll get it back!
    I'd bet you my bikini you'll never get TFP water from a pool store!

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    Re: Any way to pump water off cover back into pool?

    Update: after a week of pumping because of a week of constant rain, was FINALLY able to get the cover off. I knew the water would be a bit cloudy as the water on top of the cover I was pumping back into the pool wasn't the cleanest but truly wasn't that bad. The CC was only .5! So I slammed, vacuumed twice, and 2 days later crystal clear. AND the CYA is down from 90 last year (first year of going BBB and getting off the pucks) to 50! Pool is up to 78 and ready to get the ladder in.
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    Re: Any way to pump water off cover back into pool?

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    Re: Any way to pump water off cover back into pool?

    On 5/23 after removing cover:


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    Re: Any way to pump water off cover back into pool?

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    Re: Any way to pump water off cover back into pool?

    I usually try to keep as much stuff out of the pool cover as I can before it freezes. Use the leaf rake and again in spring before I pull the cover. That way you can just let it dump in.
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    Re: Any way to pump water off cover back into pool?

    Quote Originally Posted by kiss4afrog View Post
    I usually try to keep as much stuff out of the pool cover as I can before it freezes. Use the leaf rake and again in spring before I pull the cover. That way you can just let it dump in.
    There was yuck on top I couldn't remove with my leaf rake so took the route of pumping off with a nylon over end of pump.

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