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Thread: Covering the pump for the winter

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    Water_man's Avatar
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    Covering the pump for the winter

    Jasonline wrote in his IG pool closing post:

    "Cover pump - I leave an automatic cover pump on the cover for as long as it is above freezing overnight in the fall and spring."

    Please suggest how to cover the pump. Where do I get a cover?
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    Re: Covering the pump for the winter

    Why do you want to cover the pump?
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    Re: Covering the pump for the winter

    Water_man, i think you may have misunderstood what jasonlion meant. But, of course,maybe i am incorrect in my interpretation as well? I belive he was talking about a pump that you put onto the top of an automatic pool cover. When you put the pump on the cover and plug it in, it automatically comes on every few minutes "looking" for water. If water is detected, it will siphon it off the cover and out onto the ground via a garden hose. Works great.
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    Re: Covering the pump for the winter

    h2ctpdjl has it right. A "cover pump" is a small pump used to remove water from the pool cover. You don't normally need to put a cover onto the main pump, though some people cover it, and the rest of the equipment pad, with a tarp.
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