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Thread: Drop Out - flocculant

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    Drop Out - flocculant

    My neighbors and I follow the TFP
    method of closing our in ground pools. The 2 long time pool owners swear to adding a flocculant named Drop Off after you finish adding the Poly 60. Both testify how when they open in spring, they remove their cover. vacuum the bottom of the pool to remove settled algae and degraded containment
    to waste, shock with bleach, run the pump for 24 hours, test and balance and open in less than 2 days! My question is, "ANY" downside to adding a flocculant when closing? Thank You!
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    Re: Drop Out - flocculant

    If it is not needed (99% of the time) it is a waste of money. Some flocculents drop pH a lot, so you'd have the headache of raising pH again.

    Most of us simply run our pools as normal until the temps drop into the 50s. I have never added polyquat or anything special to mine to close.

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    Re: Drop Out - flocculant

    Any floc that gets into the filter risks gumming it up. Clarifiers and Flocculants just aren't something we recommend as necessary and can cause you more grief than they claim to fix. Why risk it?
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