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Winter Pool Covers: Water, Ice and Snow
Small electric submersible pumps are used to pump water off of the pool cover. Large sump pumps can damage a pool cover, for this reason small pool cover pumps are recommended. Connect the cover pump to a length of garden hose, and plug the cord into an outdoor electric outlet. You can use an extension cord if needed.
Cover pumps are available in automatic and manual. Auto cover pumps turn themselves on and off as needed, but manual cover pumps are either on or off only. Automatic cover pumps will turn on when the water level reaches 1/4" deep. Manual cover pumps should be plugged in when water depth approaches 1 inch, and shut off after pumping, to prevent pump overheating and failure.