How to get water off a pool cover

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After your pool has been closed for the season, rain water may accumulate on the cover and cause it to sag. This put strain on your pool cover clasps or bungee cords and could be dangerous if one of them breaks. You should removed the water that has pooled on the top of your pool cover each time it rains.

Things You'll Need

  • sump pump
  • extension cord
  • hose extension, depending on the size of your pool cover.
  • Begin by placing your sump pump along the side of the pool and placing the hose so that the water being pumped off of the cover will not re-enter the pool.

  • Plug your sump pump into the extension cord and make sure the connecting point is not near the water. If you can, place the place where the cords are connected outside the pool area if your cord allows for it to reach. Also make sure your cords are not placed in an area where you can trip over them and fall.

  • Lower the sump pump into the water with the hose extension. Your extension cord should not be plugged in at this point. Make sure the entire sump pump is submerged under the water. If your hose will not reach outside the pool once the sump pump is placed on the sagging area of the pool cover you will need to get an extension for your sump pump hose.

  • Once everything is in place, plug in your extension cord and the sump pump should begin pumping out water. Let it continue until the water has been removed from your pool cover and the cover is no longer sagging.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can use the excess water you are pumping off the pool cover to water plants inside or outside of your home. Reserve a water basin or bucket and pump the water into it so you can reuse the water.
  • Be careful when using a sump pump. You are working with an electrical device around water. This should only be attempted if you are knowledgeable with using a sump pump. Read all directions that come with your pump and use proper precautions.
  • Make sure your electrical cord that is attached to the sump pump and your extension cord are in perfect condition without any imperfections. If your cords have been damaged in any way they will be dangerous and should not be used.
  • Wear rubber soled shoes or boots as an added precaution.
  • If your sump pump does not turn on and begin pumping water after you have plugged in the extension cord, do not try to troubleshoot the pump while it is in the water and plugged in. Remove the sump pump from the water first before you try to troubleshoot the problem according to your sump pump manual.
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