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    Do I need a solar cover?

    About to go on vacation and no one to watch pool and I can't leave filter or SWG running. Plan to SLAM. Would it help to have solar cover? Have mosquito net covering pool now.
    Please understand : THE FILTER WILL NOT RUN WHILE I AM GONE
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    Re: Do I need a solar cover?

    How long will you be gone? I would leave it off, since the cover would lead to an increase in CC. What is CYA concentration?


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    Re: Do I need a solar cover?

    Plan on being gone abut 8 days. Right now my CC is 0. The CYA is 75
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    Taylor TF-100 test kit, TDS Digital Salinity meter and Taylor salt kit

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    Re: Do I need a solar cover?

    You could take FC to shock level for your CYA, FC/CYA Chart. A solar cover will significantly reduce FC consumption and will also substantially reduce evaporation and PH rise.
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    Re: Do I need a solar cover?

    So should I wait to add Boric acid til I return and get it stabilized again?
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    Well water, location is north Texas, usually up from late May to Oct.
    Taylor TF-100 test kit, TDS Digital Salinity meter and Taylor salt kit

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