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Little Giant – Pool Cover Pump

by Felicia A. Williams

I now have a new toy that has become the object of my affection. It’s not actually a toy, but anything that makes pool maintenance easier I call a toy.

I’m late in opening my pool this year because I have a host of other projects on my plate. During the offseason, the pool cover accumulated quite a bit of liquid and leaves. Last year between siphoning water and leaf removal, I was exhausted. I never wanted to go through that again so I sought an alternative.

Enter the Little Giant Pool Cover Pump

I ordered the Little Giant model PCP550. It’s quite small. It’s slightly larger than my hand. When I opened the box I thought, “Great, I’ve just wasted fifty bucks on a wannabe pump.”

Fully expecting to connect one of the pool hoses to the pump, I was taken aback when I realized it connected to a ¾” garden hose. Sheesh! A ¾” garden hose to remove a winter’s worth of melted snow will never work!

Boy, was I wrong!

Pumping Water - Set It and Forget It

The Little Giant Pool Cover Pump did the job quietly and efficiently. It was so quiet that I had to double check the other end of the garden hose to make sure water was coming out. It was, and with full force too.

The removable intake screen does a great job of preventing leaves from clogging the system. With so many leaves at the base of the pool cover, I just knew I would have to constantly stop the pump, clean the intake screen, replace it and start it again, but I was wrong (again).

Little Giant Pool Cover Pump

It ran all day without having to clean the intake screen. My pool is a 28’ round with lots of standing water. It took a couple of days to get all the water off the cover, but I wasn’t in a rush. I had quite a few other projects to keep me busy.

Future Pool Cover Tactic

In the future, I’ll run the Little Giant during the offseason so that it won’t have such a monumental job to do when it comes time to open the pool next year. It’s quiet motor and ease of use makes maintaining a dry pool cover easy.

Fifty dollars well spent!

About the Author: Felicia Williams is a wife, mother and grandmother who likes to write about a host of topics.

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