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How Do You Remove Rain Water Off Your Pool Cover?

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When you put your cover over your pool when not in use, you are likely to have rainfall or sleep fall on top of the cover.

When this happens, if it is an excessive amount, it can be adding pressure which can either damage your pool cover or the inside walls of your pool.

You will definitely want to avoid any damage to the pool itself or the cover to your pool and this is why you should follow this guide on how to empty the water from the cover before any damage can be caused.

This is also a very easy guide to follow for anyone who is new to having a pool and wants to avoid this problem immediately. 

When Should You Remove The Rainwater From Your Pool Cover?

You need to make sure that you are not letting the rainwater or excess water build up because it can be damaging for your pool walls and the cover itself.

There will also be a build up of pressure and moisture which can also be damaging.

If there is at least two inches worth of water on top of the cover this is where there starts to be a build up and you should start thinking about removing the water. 

There also needs to be a routine of removing the excess of leaves and other debris from on top of the cover which can also weigh down the cover and can also cause damage to the cover itself.

If it is really cold weather, you also need to make sure that you have removed all of the leaves so they do not freeze on top of the cover. 

Due to safety reasons, there are holes in the cover just in case anyone gets stuck underneath the cover and needs to be able to breathe.

Therefore, this also allows more water to be able to seep through the and will start to fill up from underneath the cover.

Therefore, you need to be able to maintain the water build up on the cover. 

Pool covers are not made to withstand much weight and you really need to keep an eye on on the build up because you could damage the cover and then you would have to replace the cover which is not cost effective. 

How To Remove The Water

There are several ways to remove the water from the pool can and one of the most popular ways is to use a pump.

This is called a subversive pump that you place on top of the pool cover so it can remove all of the water automatically. 

You will first need to attach a water hose to the pump that you have.

If you have a newer host, then it is most likely that it will already have an adapter included and means you won’t have to go and purchase one.

Due to the fact that it is a submersible pump you need to make sure that you have placed the pump completely into the water on the cover.

You also need to make sure that the hose doesn’t have any kinks in it so that the water can flow through perfectly and smoothly. 

You need to make sure that the hose is completely straight and it is placed downhill so the water can drain out properly. 

You will have to make sure your pump is attached to a power outlet that is preferably outside.

The process of the suction will start as soon as you have plugged the pump in but make sure you wait a little while for the air to be released. 

Are The Pumps Good To Use?

When it comes to electricity, it is always important that you are safe because it can be very damaging if you get it mixed together.

But how are we supposed to keep it safe when you are using an electric pump to remove water out of the pool cover? 

These specific water pumped are created to be safe against water usage.

There is a very low chance of you getting electrocuted unless the pump was damaged in any way.

Therefore, it is very important to keep the pump in good condition.

You need to make sure you read all of the labels on the product for your own protection. It also relies on you using the pump correctly. 

You also need to make sure all of the seals are closed properly so that there are no leaks that can get into the electrical parts. 

Internal power chords are also sealed and away from internal wires. 

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What If You Only Have A Hose?

There is also the option of siphoning the water out by using just a hose if you do not have a pump to remove it.

You need to make sure that the size of your hose is long enough to reach your pool. 

  1. You need to make sure that the hose is tight to the water faucet 
  2. The hose needs to be straight so the water can flow through it without there having any kinks that will restrain it. 
  3. The hose will need to go under the water where no air can get to it. 
  4. If you need extra help keeping the hose inside of the water. You can always put something heavy down to keep it in place. 
  5. You then need to turn the water faucet on and then the pump water will be on the cover. 
  6. You will need to keep an eye out for air bubbles (see also ‘Air Bubbles In Your Pool? Here’s Why’) when the water is put on the cover. When you can clearly see that there are no bubbles then you can turn off the water. 
  7. One of the last steps is removing the hose from the cover and letting it drain in a downwards position. If it is struggling to drain then you need to check for kinks. 
  8. You may need to think about doing this a couple of times to make sure it is all drained properly. 

Frequently Asked Questions

How Do I Get Water Off My Pool Cover?

Before you can remove the cover, you have to remove the water that’s on top of the cover.

While you can try siphoning the water off with a garden hose or scooping it with a bucket, a much more effective method is to use a pool cover pump.

Do You Need To Remove Water From The Pool Cover?

It is vital to remove excess water from solid tarp style winter covers, commonly used on above-ground and some in-ground pools, to avoid damage to the cover and the pool.

This can easily be done with a submersible pump on your pool cover whenever temperatures are above freezing, and liquid water is present.

How Often Should A Pool Cover Be Removed?

The cover should not be continually left on for more than 7 days continuously.

Pool covers are very effective at reducing chemical usage. Make sure you continually monitor the water (see also ‘Eco-Smart – Smart Water Monitor – Works In Pools, Hot Tubs, And Swim Spas‘) quality and quantity of chemicals required to maintain water chemistry within the recommended levels.

How Much Water Is Too Much On A Pool Cover?

Essentially, any time your pool cover has more than 2 inches of water on top of it, be sure to drain the excess water off as soon as you can before it builds up.

Remove as many leaves as possible after they all fall and before the water on top of your cover freezes.


Overall, if you have a pool there are always going to be things you need to keep in mind when it comes to maintaining and getting into a routine of cleaning and draining the water out.

Keeping your cover clean and empty from rainfall will help you keep the cover in really good tact and it will last a lot longer.

Like anything in life, you need to put some love into it and it will last longer. 

There are different ways that you are able to drain the water from your pool cover and in this guide are some of the best ways you are able to complete this task depending on whether you have a pump or if you are only able to use a hose.

Even Though using a hose can take longer, it will eventually still have the same effect and you will be spending less money.

However, if you are someone who loves to look after their pool, using a pump will be easier to maintain and is a one time payment. 

Hopefully this guide will help you figure out the best way to remove all of the water that is building up on your pool cover.

You also need to consider the safest way when using an electrical pump and make sure you are using that equipment properly. 

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Anthony Barnes
Anthony Barnes is the founder of Water Heater Hub and a second-generation plumber by profession. Before developing Water Heater Hub, Anthony Barnes was a full-time plumber, and he has undertaken a wide variety of projects over the decades. As a second-generation plumber, it was easy for Anthony to get used to the technicalities of all from a tender age


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