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    Do you leave your waterfall on when running pump?

    Does it make sense to keep the waterfall on every time the pump is running to clean the pool (8 hours a day) or do you only use it when you're using the pool/in the backyard?
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    Re: Do you leave your waterfall on when running pump?

    Meaty,

    Constant use of a waterfall will most likely drive your pH up pretty quickly. For me, I usually only fire up the waterfall when the "ambiance" is important. Most of the time the waterfall is turned off. Although, I do have it scheduled to come on everyday for about 10 minutes just to make sure the water in the pipes stays chlorinated.

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    Jim R.
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    Re: Do you leave your waterfall on when running pump?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jimrahbe View Post
    Meaty,

    Constant use of a waterfall will most likely drive your pH up pretty quickly. For me, I usually only fire up the waterfall when the "ambiance" is important. Most of the time the waterfall is turned off. Although, I do have it scheduled to come on everyday for about 10 minutes just to make sure the water in the pipes stays chlorinated.

    Thanks,

    Jim R.
    thanks. That was my concern
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    Re: Do you leave your waterfall on when running pump?

    My waterfall has basins in it (four basins that hold anywhere from 2 to 4 gallons each). I have to run my waterfall about three times per day for about 20mins each time. This keeps the water in the basins chlorinated. In the winter, I "close" the waterfall by shutting down and draining the pump as well as suctioning the supply line dry. I do that because the waterfall pump will run with the freeze protection circuit and it's a huge 3HP WhisperFlo that uses A LOT of electricity.


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    Re: Do you leave your waterfall on when running pump?

    5 minutes every other day on a set schedule, and then only when we have friends over.
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