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RiskyBiz13 12-13-2011 11:16 AM

Winterizing a pool-- not really plumbing but...
I didn't see a 100% relevant forum, so I'm dropping this here. I have an above ground pool (just bought this house) and the water on top of the pool cover is freezing. I'm concerned this will crack the sides of the pool. How do you generally get water off the top of the pool cover? Some kind of pump? What kind is cheap? Thanks!!!

Lightfoot 12-13-2011 01:59 PM

I usually leave a little water on top of the cover to keep the wind from blowing the cover and getting under it, but if it gets more than a few inches on it, i drop in a pump that hooks to a garden hose to pump some of it off. The brand i have is called "little giant". There may be cheaper ones, but i had one that lasted for about 15 years, so when it finally quit working, i bought another one. I think it was around 60 bucks with shipping.

biggles 12-13-2011 03:09 PM

saw people around my area put a big beach ball gizzmo under the cover so it peaks the cover and the water and snow slide off it

danpik 12-14-2011 09:23 AM

If the water on top of the cover is freezing so is the water under it. Pools have been freezing since the day they were invented with no problems. Mine has frozen both on top of the cover and under it for the last 10 years without any problems. The only thing you realy need to do is unhook and drain your filter and heater so they do not break. As for getting water off of the cover, a hose set up to siphon will work just fine

ben's plumbing 12-15-2011 08:21 PM

go to local pool supply house tell them you want a surface pillow to close and cover pool for the winter.....that works fine...

danpik 12-16-2011 09:07 AM

for my cover float I use a plastic 55 gallon drum. My local hardware/surplus store has these that have been cleaned for resale. $20.00. (windshield washer fluid came in them). On the top is a rather thick ring that can be sawn off to "round" the corner. I tie a rope around the middle and two ropes to that to position it in the center of the pool. Been using the same one for 10 years now.

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