How to Use a Winter Pool Cover Pump

by admin on November 1, 2012

Maintaining your pool in the winter months is very important.  Doheny’s Pool Supplies Fast is here to help you winterize and maintain your pool to ensure years of poolside enjoyment.  Doheny’s Pro Guide blog series aims to simplify the DIY process and turn you into a pool professional.  Plus, doing your own pool maintenance will save you money!  Doheny’s Pool Supplies Fast has all of your swimming pool winterizing supply needs and we ship direct to your door, in some cases the very next day!

how to use a pool cover pump


Routine upkeep and maintenance of your pool is essential to its longevity and security during the wintertime.  Cleaning and removing excess leaves and water from your winter pool cover will prolong the cover’s lifespan and keep your pool clean during periods of non-use.

What is a winter pool cover?

Winter pool covers are used to protect your swimming pool in the wintertime.  Covering your pool will enable you to keep your pool water clean and clear during the winter months.  Winter pool covers are extremely useful during the wintertime because pool owners want to cover their pool to prevent algae formation and pool damage when it is not in use.  Winter covers also allow you to keep your water level mostly filled during the off-season.  This is important to prevent damage to plumbing, groundwater pressure “popping” your in-ground pool out of the ground, or structural damage to an above ground pool.  The main types of pool covers are winter covers, solar covers, pool safety covers and leaf nets.  There are two main styles of pool covers: mesh and solid.

in-ground winter swimming pool cover with water bags

Step-by-step guide on how to maintain your winter swimming pool cover and use a pool cover pump:

Make sure that you have winterized and covered your swimming pool.

Check out Doheny’s blog post or information on how to winterize your above ground pool.  Doheny’s also has a Pro Guide blog for closing in-ground swimming pools as well.

closing an above ground swimming pool

Check to make sure your winter pool cover or safety pool cover is secure. 

Heavy rain, snow or wind can damage your pool cover.  It is important to make sure that the winter cover is in place and protecting your swimming pool.

  • Above ground pools: Check to make sure that your heavy-duty air pillow is inflated and holding up your cover, cover cable is tightened, cover clips or winter seal wrap is secure, or the winter cover wall bags are holding your pool cover in place on your above ground pool.
  • In-ground pools: Check to see if your winter pool cover is being held in place by water blocks or water bags.  If you have a pool safety cover, then make sure that all safety cover components are securing the cover to your patio/deck area.  If you are missing parts, then you can find replacement parts here.

Remove leaves and debris from the top of your winter pool cover.

Eliminating sources of debris will prevent your pool cover from being ripped, torn or otherwise damaged during the winter months.  Wet leaves can be very heavy and weigh your pool cover down.  If you have a leaf net, then be sure to dispose of leaves that have collected on top of the net.  Keeping the pool area free of leaves will also help prevent accumulation on the top of your pool cover.  Sweep your patio, trim bushes and hedges, and dispose of all fallen branches in the vicinity.

winterizing an in-ground swimming pool

Drain water from the top of your swimming pool cover.

Drain excess water from on top of your solid winter pool cover with a pool cover pump or a pool saver kit.  Standing water creates a breeding ground for harmful bacteria and mosquitoes which can be a hassle to clean when the spring comes and it is time to open your pool for the season.  The weight of standing water on the pool cover can reduce the lifespan and potentially cause the cover damage.  A swimming pool cover pump quickly and efficiently removes water from the winter cover.  There are automatic and manual pool cover pumps.  Automatic pool cover pumps need to be plugged into an electrical outlet and manual cover pumps are operated by hand.  Both types of cover pumps are lightweight and easy-to-use.  Removing water from the swimming pool cover will simplify your pool opening process in the spring as well.

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