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    Pump to drain water off winter cover

    Can I use the pump with the filer on waste to drain the water off the top of the winter cover? I was thinking of putting a screen around the vacuum attachment to screen any small leaves or sticks. Last year I used a submersible and it seemed liked it took forever.
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    Re: Pump to drain water off winter cover

    In practice it will be very difficult to use the main pool pump to get the water off the cover because it will tend to vacuum up the cover it's self and clog the intake.
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    Re: Pump to drain water off winter cover

    While a little slow, standard inexpensive submersible pumps that plug in and you attach a hose to are like tape measures, flashlights, duct tape, and coffee.

    They should come standard with every home.

    The uses for these little gems are endless...not the least of which is to pump water off a pool cover, rig up a makeshift aeration fountain to raise PH without raising TA, empty a spa (because the drain plug is aimed at my foundation!!!!), pump out water from where it shouldn't be such as a basement or crawlspace (if one should use my drain plug on the spa instead of the pump), and to loan to your friends who haven't seen their benefit yet...

    Of every purchase my dad ever suggested I make, that little pump is my favorite. And having it really puts me in the running for smartest mom in front of my girl friends.
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    Re: Pump to drain water off winter cover

    Quote Originally Posted by poolgirl22
    While a little slow, standard inexpensive submersible pumps that plug in and you attach a hose to are like tape measures, flashlights, duct tape, and coffee.

    They should come standard with every home.

    The uses for these little gems are endless...not the least of which is to pump water off a pool cover, rig up a makeshift aeration fountain to raise PH without raising TA, empty a spa (because the drain plug is aimed at my foundation!!!!), pump out water from where it shouldn't be such as a basement or crawlspace (if one should use my drain plug on the spa instead of the pump), and to loan to your friends who haven't seen their benefit yet...

    Of every purchase my dad ever suggested I make, that little pump is my favorite. And having it really puts me in the running for smartest mom in front of my girl friends.
    That is a classic post I LOVE IT!!

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    Re: Pump to drain water off winter cover

    We use a little submersible pump, too. Actually, we've dragged it out several times since we closed the pool to pump large amounts of water off the cover all winter and early this spring. I have to agree with poolgirl22 -- those little pumps are invaluable.
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    Re: Pump to drain water off winter cover

    Thanks for the help. I've used the submersible pump the last two years. I was just thinking that the vacuum system set on waste might be a little quicker.

    I check the TF Forums on a regular basis and thank you again you all are a wealth of information. Swimming season is coming soon!!
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    Re: Pump to drain water off winter cover

    We have a small submersible pump and it works great, but it can take a while to pump off all the water. Last week we decided to pump the winter's water off the cover and were surprised with about 5,000 tadpoles. They were too big to get sucked out through the pump so we had to use a bucket to scoop them out. I don't think I'd want to use the pool's regular filter to clean your cover. Seems like all the leaves, bugs, twigs, etc would clog it up.
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