When not in use, placing a pool cover over your pool can be a great idea. Pool covers keep dirt and debris out of the pool to reduce maintenance sessions. Pool owners use a lot of different tools to keep their pool clean, but what happens when the cover itself gets dirty? Instead of taking the cover off, washing it down and drying it, you can use a pool cover pump. These pump systems are very similar to the under-water pumps used in pool cleaning. The key difference is that a swimming pool cover pump sits on top of your pool cover and cleans it. This is helpful in several ways. For example, rainwater has a tendency to build up on pool covers, leading to pooled depressions of water that can be a pain in the neck. Dirt and leaves seem to love falling on pool covers.
How Pool Cover Pumps Work?
Pool cover pumps seek out depressions in pool covers where water and debris has built up. Pumps like the one in the picture have a sensor that tells them when to turn on and off. When moisture is detected, the pump will activate, finish its job and turn off again. A garden hose attaches to the base of the pump to take the dirt and debris away. Any standard garden hose is compatible with the adapter on these pumps. Power is provided by a UL listed power cord, ranging anywhere from 25 to 50 feet long. The pump will continue working until all standing water has been eliminated. The pump can sense when water levels have reached a certain height. This pre-set height varies among pump models but generally hovers around 2 inches. It is completely submersible and okay if it accidentally falls in the pool for one reason or another. These pool cover pumps also work great for removing standing water in your basement, around the home or in a boat.
The Pump Rate And Power:
Pool cover pumps have an internal impeller which is turned at a high rate by an electric motor. Each pump model has a maximum rate in which it can pump liquid. This rate is measured in GPM, or Gallons Per Minute. The higher the number, the faster the pump can complete its job. Most of these pumps have a GPM of around 1800. These pumps pack a lot of power in a small area, with many pumps weighing only 7-10 pounds. It is designed to be light so the pump does not sink through your pool cover. The pump should be placed near the center of your pool cover, or in a place where you commonly see water accumulate. The weight of the pool cover creates a slight depression where all rainwater will flow to and be removed.
The Filtration Process:
Some pumps feature a specialized head that is designed to capture leaves while sucking up water. While some leaves will be picked up with the current, a good majority will get left behind. That’s where the special head comes in. The pump in the picture on the right has special vents which capture leaves during the removal process. The vent must be cleaned regularly as debris builds up inside. Smaller debris like algae, dirt, pollen and dead bugs will be removed with the water flow. As discussed above, water travels through a garden hose which you provide. The end of the hose needs to be placed in an area of your yard where you don’t mind debris flowing. A pot with a drain hole works well as the water receptacle, as you can easily pour it into a garbage can as it fills up.
Top 5 Picks of Pool Cover Pumps:
A swimming pool cover pump provides stress-free pool maintenance, eliminating the need to hassle with covers filled with rain water. Whenever a pool is to be covered for an extended period of time, such as over the winter, a pool cover pump is the obvious choice for automatic cleaning. These pumps are very simple to use and are ready to operate right out of the box. Simply provide a garden hose and the system is complete.