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5 Best Pool Cover Pumps For Winter Maintenance

When you’re pool is closed and the cover is on, you should do your best to keep the cover clean and free of water and debris. Proper winter cover maintenance will make for a very easy spring opening, and will save you a ton of time and money.

Best Pool Cover Pumps For Winter Maintenance

Winter pool cover pumps are a great tool to help keep the water off your cover, and it will also keep your pool from overflowing when the water makes it through the cover, and while you can do this by creating a simple siphon with just a garden hose, using a cover pump will make the job so much easier for you. Because let’s admit that you don’t want to be standing outside in the freezing cold siphoning water off your pool cover — your time is more valuable.

NOTE: For those living in the northeast (like me) and getting a great deal of snow, I highly recommend investing in cover pump to remove the water once the snow melts. I also wrote an article on how to remove snow from your pool cover.

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There are two different kinds of cover pumps: manual and automatic. Both pumps are electric and use a standard garden hose as the drain, but automatic pumps will turn on by themselves when the water reaches a certain level. This means, you can leave the pump on the cover all year long, and it will drain when it’s needed, allowing you to say inside the house.

I created a list of both automatic and manual pool cover pumps that I recommend for draining the water on your cover during the winter. I also included links to where you can buy these pumps, if you’re interested.

1. Wayne Pool Cover Water Removal Pump

1. Wayne Pool Cover Water Removal Pump
List Price: $169.00
Price: $138.22
You Save: $30.78 (18%)

Type: Automatic

This is the bad boy of cover pumps. It’s rated as the best pool cover pump on Amazon. It’s efficient, sufficient, and pumps 3,000 gallons in an hour — for some that’s a quarter of your entire pool!

I highly recommend this for all types of swimming pools and covers, but especially for solid and mesh safety covers, since it’s clocks in at over 10 pounds.

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2. Dirt Defender Inground Pool Winter Cover Pump

2. Dirt Defender Inground Pool Winter Cover Pump
List Price: $95.93
Price: $123.28
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Type: Manual

This pump only weighs 10 pounds and can pump 1250 gallons per hour with its 1/3 HP motor. While it’s not automatic, it’s powerful and clog-resistant.

If you’re looking for a powerful, yet lighter pump from your cover, the Dirt Defender is the way to go.

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3. Little Giant 5-APCP Automatic Pool Cover Pump

3. Little Giant 5-APCP Automatic Pool Cover Pump
List Price: $159.21
Price: $159.21
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Type: Manual

This is an old standby in the swimming pool industry. It’s heavy and a bit pricey, but it’s a reliable and durable pump trusted by the industry. It’s also manual, so even though you can leave it in the pool all season, you will still need to plug it in to get it pumping.

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4. Swim Time Dredger Jr. Above Ground Pool Winter Cover Pump

4. Swim Time Dredger Jr. Above Ground Pool Winter Cover Pump
List Price: $43.70
Price: $43.70
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Type: Manual

If you own an above ground swimming pool with a tarp cover, I recommend this super light pool cover pump. It’s small and light, but it will get the job done and it’s perfect for smaller above ground pools. It only pumps 350 gallons an hour, but that shouldn’t be a problem if you constantly use it to drain the water off the cover, which you should.

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5. Manual Winter Cover Drain

5. Manual Winter Cover Drain
List Price: $10.92
Price: $9.00
You Save: $1.92 (18%)

Type: Manual

If you’re looking to get the cheapest and most energy-efficient pump on the market, this it is. It doesn’t use any power, but it’s much better than creating your own siphon by sucking the end of a hose and risking a mouth full of dirty cover water.

Just place the flat disc in the center and use the hand pump to get it started. Gravity will do the rest.

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Keep Your Cover Clean and Dry

I can’t stress the importance of keeping your cover clean and as dry as possible all season while you’re pool is closed. Water on the cover attracts birds. The birds are known to use it as a bath and water supply, and their beaks can pierce the cover creating a mesh-like cover, not to mention the mess they leave.

When it comes time to open it, you won’t be dealing with a dirty, water-logged cover, which makes it extremely difficult to remove and pack away. Also, you risk all that dirty water getting into the pool when you remove it. Trust me, it has happened to me a bunch of times and it is not pretty, or easy to clean up.

If you need any help with your pool cover, please share your questions in the comments below and I’d be happy to answer.

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Last Updated: Tuesday, March 4th, 2014