If you cover your above ground or in ground pool over the winter, it will have inevitably collected water. The weight of the water left over from heavy rains or snowfalls could be so burdensome that it pulls the whole cover into the pool to create disastrous situation - not just the time it takes for clean up alone but the possibility of having to replace the cover, or worse yet a damaged pool wall that could prove to be very costly. If the cover does survive in tact, some people will fool themselves into thinking they gather the cover just right so that the water will just slide off and over. Think again, just an inch of water is a heavy mass and proves to be a staggering weight to just lift and remove and what typically happens, that dark brown murky water will mix with your pool water. Some have proven this theory!
Here are a few tips:
1. BUCKET BAIL: Can be impractical for large pools but not impossible although time consuming, cold and dirty. However, If you prop up one side of the cover that’s far away, or sinks down the side closest to you, then most of the water will collect within reach. You can then begin dipping the bucket in to bring up water and debris, and then toss it off the cover.
2. ELECTRIC PUMP: The most effective method, although expensive, is to use pumps. You should also take into consideration the length of extension cord needed in some cases and the cost of hydro. If you have a large amount of leaves or debris it may clog up the pump, which could mean having to remove and clean it, and start again. To use a pump, simply attach your garden hose and set it in the lowest point of the cover and turn on to begin pumping. Most water will easily eliminate but one word of warning, winter covers are porous and if you pump too long you will may start to siphon the pool water from below it. This may lead you to believe you have a liner tear. Remember you are just removing the heavy bulk of water. If you decide to use a utility pump I would consider a part day rental rather than a purchase.
3. SIPHON HOSE: This is a pretty effective way to remove the water and will produce decent results in a short amount of time, the downside is it does require a technique. Without risking tasting the dirty water by sucking, you can start the flow without sucking and spitting, you’ll need to touch the yucky water and submerge the whole hose until it fills with water. Once “primed”, you’ll take one end and quickly swing it down towards the ground while being careful to keep the other end under the water. The water should then begin flowing, and should continue until the level runs low. Purchasing a drain and vac will prove this method to be much easier.