How Do I Choose A Good Swimming Pool Cover Pump?

by Tanya

My boss has asked me to find a pump for his swimming pool cover and I am looking for some guidance as to how to pick the right one?

Any advice you have would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you


Thanks for the question Tanya

The pump you get will depend on the pool you have, the size of the cover, etc...

Swimming Pool Cover Pump

There's normally five things to consider when choosing a good pool cover pump:

1. The Gallons Per Hour (GPH). If the pump is going to be used alot, you'll want to get one that has a good GPH rating.

They can range from 900 - 1800 GPH.

2. If the pump is automatic or manual. With an auto one, it senses when to turn on and off. With a manual one, you decide when to turn it on and off.

3. Power cord length. This might not be an issue because you can get an extension cord.

4. Price. They can range from around $60 to $160 and more. Obviously the more expensive kinds will be automatic.

5. Consumer reviews. You can go through a good selection at Amazon, which has pretty much everything you need.

Buy A Great Pool Cover Pump Through Amazon

Little Giant and Rule make very good pool cover pumps. If you stick with the main manufacters of pool cover pumps, I think you'll be safe.

Hope this helps and good luck.


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Above Ground Solar Pool Covers

by PJ Lewis
(Spokane WA)

We have an 18 foot round steel framed swimming pool. Every year until this year, we purchased a solar cover from Walmart for about 25 or 30 dollars.

It had a rope that you could cinch together the outside edge so it was tighter on the pool. It also had overlapping edges all around as opposed to lying flat on top to the edges.

We get a lot of wind around here, so we would even clamp the edges of the cover to the pool frame. We really loved the way we could almost seal up our pool like using seran plastic wrap using a little water on the upper frame rail. Hardly a spider or bug ever made it into our pool!
Well, this year I cannot find those covers anywhere, and I have even looked on the website for the covers (polygroup).

It's looking like they don't make them anymore. All I can find are solar blankets.

What a shame. Can you make them?

Thanks for the question PJ

My site is for information purposes only and unfortunately I don't make nor really have access to pool covers.

I will do a search on the internet and call around to those who may know of the product or something similar. If I find out something I'll be sure to email back and give you the information.

Good luck with your search.


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Remove Chlorine Build Up

How To Remove Chlorine Build Up Off A Pool Cover

The cover of our swimming pool has a build up of chlorine and I find it very difficult to remove.

Please give me advice.

Thanking you

Catherine McAnerney

Thanks for the question Catherine

The question is a bit limited in its detail. It doesn't say which kind of pool cover you have or what exactly was done to get rid of the build up.

I can only give a general answer.

First you need to know whether it's a calcium or chlorine build up. If it's calcium, the first thing is to adjust your pool calcium hardness level to between 150 - 250ppm.

Calcium Hardness

You can spray the cover down and use a soft bristle brush to remove any loose particles.

A medium-strong mixture of Epsom Salt and a brush should do the trick.

I've used the following on a few covers and it seemed to work.

You'll need:

  • Baking Soda

  • Lemon Juice

  • White Wine Vinegar

  • Lemon Juice -

    Lemon juice is a natural acid. Mix it with warm water, as much as you need to, and scrub the pool cover. Let it sit for a few minutes before rinsing. rinse it well because you don't want any residual lemon juice in the pool.

    Baking Soda -

    You can mix the baking soda with water and then scrub, or you can sprinkle it on the cover and scrub with a sponge.

    White Wine Vinegar -

    White wine vinegar is a natural acid as well.
    You can add the vinegar to the baking soda if you need something stronger.

    Hope this helps and let me know how it turns out for you

    Best of luck


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    Overflow Pool

    by Tim

    I am looking to put a safety net/cover on my pool in Thailand. It is one of the types where the water flows over the edge all the way round. What would you recommend.

    Thanks for the question Tim

    I'm not aware of any safety cover that will drain the water from the top of the cover, if that's what you're looking for. Inground pools have anchors all the way around and the water collects in the middle. This is where a pool cover pump comes in handy.

    For above ground pools, most people place a pool pillow in the middle of the pool. This creates a raised middle area and the water rolls off. A good manufacturer of pool covers are Loop-Loc, Ultra Armor Maxx, and Meyco. I've heard that Anchor products are alright but the customer service leaves something to be desired and they will nickel and dime you for upgrades and extras that should already come with the product. I don't know if they are available in Thailand but you can contact them to find out.

    Hope this helps.


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