Winter is finally over, and it's time to remove the cover from my above ground pool. However, snow and rain have left quite a bit of water on the cover.
I see three options
Pull the cover off, and let the water go into the pool.
Use a garden hose, and try to siphon some of the water off.
Buy a pump, and pump the water off.
The water on the cover is gross, so I'm not sure I want to just let it go into the pool.
I don't know if siphoning would work, as I'm not sure I'd be able to get it started, or if it would continue to flow once started.
Haven't looked into buying a pump yet, so I'm not sure if they're expensive, or how much electricity they consume. I'd also have to monitor the pump, so it didn't run dry. Which doesn't sound ideal.
Is there a tried and true method that pool owners prefer? Or any methods I haven't mentioned?