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Do I need to do anything special to keep the hose from freezing/bursting on my cover pump?

Do I need to do anything special to keep the hose from freezing/bursting on my cover pump?

21 October 2020

Do I need to do anything special to keep the hose from freezing/bursting on my cover pump? SW Ohio

jon: I live in West Tn, so it gets down in the 20’s at points of winter. I’ve never done anything special with the hose and it’s never been an issue.

curtis: I never have. It might freeze up, just wait for it to thaw before trying to pump the cover off. I only plug mine in when I know that I need to.

clay: I’m worried less about the pump and more about an undetected leak of water level and then the cover cant hold any weight because it doesn’t have the right water level under to keep it suspended without sagging too much. I’m torn on weather to leave mine retracted or closed for the season.

chris: where do you live?

clay: Ohio

chris: clay, that won’t withstand the snow then. I believe the manufacturer doesn’t recommend no more than 18” on the cover

amy: We fully retract our auto cover and put hook winter cover over pool. I live in Michigan.

bruno: I only put my pump in when I know it’s going to rain or has rained and enough water to pump out. Most pumps do not pump out ALL of the water. You’ll have residual puddles. I’m OCD so I use my skimmer pill and skinner net to get all of my water out. when the auto pump stops.

jared: We are in Utah and I keep the pump and hose in the garage until we need to pump. If I leave it out on the cover, the hose freezes up and sometimes the pump will try to run while the hose is froze up. Little bit of a pain but easier than trying to thaw the hose when needed.

john: I live in SE Michigan and I never leave mine out. If it rains I’ll put it out there after its done to get the water off.

steve: My cover fills with 6-8” of water and in spring I siphon it off and open the pool. Water on top hurts nothing. Clean opening every time.

monisha: NW Ohio, once top freezes we take ours off.. we put it back on when the ice starts to defrost… We have to same pump!

scott: Do you get a lot of snow.

peter: not normally but who knows.

scott: Peter, only reason not sure the automatic cover holds a lot of snow weight here in NJ they are only used in the Summer and a winter cover is used in the winter.

cha: We have an autocover as well. We opted to purchase a winter cover due to snow load and ice. My concern was that a layer of ice on the cover would prevent me from opening it in prep for a snow storm.

clay: Cha my biggest concern is if the pool water level drops (unexpected leak) then the cover cant support much weight at all if there isn’t water under it supporting it.

cha: Many reasons why I have been told that using an autocover as the primary cover isn’t a great idea. However, this is our first winter and I don’t have any practical experience. I didn’t want to take a chance.

clay: same here, first season.

victor: what kind of pump is that if you don’t mind? We’re due. Does it do a good job not seizing with gunk?

Do I need to do anything special to keep the hose from freezing/bursting on my cover pump?

Do I need to do anything special to keep the hose from freezing/bursting on my cover pump?

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