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    Preventing Algae before opening of pool

    Hello all. I was going to open my pool yesterday. I realized that my pump is bad (something I was planning for). As a result, I am waiting to get a replacement motor and the pool has not opened yet.

    The pool is covered with a solid automatic cover. The weather so far has been touching 70 each day. I am concerned that waiting much longer to open the pool is going to cause algae. Is there anything I should to help prevent algae while I wait for a new pump?
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    Re: Preventing Algae before opening of pool

    Perhaps pull the cover back just enough so that you could post a set of test results. This way you know what to expect. All numbers are important, but we're really curious to see how your FC and CYA held-up over the winter. Depending upon your levels it might be worth it try to add just a little blech and manually sweep/stir it around. But we'd have to see where you are at the moment. Of course if you had to SLAM, and there's a high probability you may have to, there's not much you can do until you get the pump working again.
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    Re: Preventing Algae before opening of pool

    It is suggested that you circulate the water before testing. Do you have a robot? If not, since you have an auto-cover, you must have a submersible pump. You could throw that in there to circulate too.

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    Re: Preventing Algae before opening of pool

    Yep, if there is still enough FC you will probably be alright. If not add some bleach and circulate the water with a pool brush, broom, canoe paddle, whatever is handy.
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