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    Solar Cover

    I recently put my solar cover on my pool. I am hoping to extend this year's swimming season a bit. My question is, Can I leave the solar cover on the pool until my family and I swim? Or should it come off for a bit every day? I've had it on for about three full days now. With the cover on I'm still losing about 1 ppm of FC per day. This morning is the first time I've noticed CC's since placing the cover on, 0.2ppm. Any suggestions would be helpful.

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    Ruben
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    Re: Solar Cover

    Pools will start to build up some CC's if the cover is left on. I usually uncover my pool for one day during the week and the CC's never get above .5. Just monitor your pool and see how it reacts. There's no problem if the CC's are .5 or less.
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    Re: Solar Cover

    Thanks for the advice, Ping! I'll uncover the pool for a day!
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    Re: Solar Cover

    There were some discussions on this forum that solar cover caused more algae growth. I observed that too with my clear cover. One person said blue is better than clear to prevent algae growth. Increasing the FC level is needed to prevent algae.

    So a pool cover does cause algae after all..

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    Re: Solar Cover

    I agree with Ping.

    I leave my solar cover (BLUE) on all the time. We like the pool to be 88-90. I would agree that Algae grows easier with the cover on, however I would not let that discourage you from leaving the cover on and extending your season.

    I keep my CL near or over 5ppm if I know I'm not going to use it for a while. I do open it for a few hours every Saturday to vacuum. I have had a few occasions where I had some algae. I vacuum to waste and use some clarifyer and it's like it never happened.

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