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    Water on Pool Cover

    Hi, I am new to pool maintenance so this is probably a pretty basic question. I had my pool maintenance guy close the pool about 4 weeks ago. Should I be pumping water off the cover? There is quite a lot, see picture. If yes, how often should I do that and what about snow?

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    Josh



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    Re: Water on Pool Cover

    Welcome to TFP!

    Is that a mesh cover or a solid cover?
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    Re: Water on Pool Cover

    Looks like a solid cover, and my pool guy told me a resounding yes, as long as it's not frozen, you should be pumping. Not sure about snow though, I'll have to ask myself.
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    Re: Water on Pool Cover

    Thanks for the reply. Do you use a pump or syphon?

    Josh

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    Re: Water on Pool Cover

    You need a sump pump. I have this one, that triggers at about 2.5 inches of water and dumps max 500 g/hr; for the small surface area of my endless pool, I could be happy with a smaller one that triggers in more shallow depth, but, that means it would run more frequently. However it was lovely to have for my spa clean-out 2 weeks ago.
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    Re: Water on Pool Cover

    Looks like its the same cover I have and yes, I pump the water off of mine. This is the pump that I have for mine:

    http://www.waterpumpsdirect.com/Litt...FSgS7AodfgMAkA

    Works great. Its made of some pretty thick plastic too, because I forgot to take mine off before one of the snow storms last winter. Once the snow melted and refroze, it was encased in a block of ice. I was worried it was going to crack, but to my surprise, it was perfectly fine. I wouldn't recommend leaving it out there in snow and ice though.
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    Re: Water on Pool Cover

    I have a rule cover pump, same type that came with my autocover. Original lasted 3 years and replaced with one off of eBay. Works great. But yes, no doubt, if it is holding water like that it needs to be pumped off.


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    Re: Water on Pool Cover

    I used a shop vac yesterday. I could not believe how much water I sucked off. Vac holds 16 gallons and I emptied it at least two dozen times. I will be in the market for a pump soon.
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    Re: Water on Pool Cover

    yea, its a lot more then it looks. I can believe how long my pump runs sometimes when I'm pumping water off.
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