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Thread: Can a solar cover breaking down srcew up your pump?

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    Can a solar cover breaking down srcew up your pump?

    Hello,
    We decided to go with a cheap 8mm solar cover and planned on replacing it every couple years.

    The main reason was for the weight and how easy it would be to remove and put on.

    We are in are second season and it is starting to break down, ie no air in bubbles, pieces of cover in scimmer. Is there a chance that the pieces of the cover will get through the skimmer and the pump basket and screw up my pump.

    I would like to tuff it out 6 more weeks but not at the exspense of a new pump. Thanks for any insight!
    16x32 inground vinyl 8' deep end
    1hp Northstar Pump, 20" Sand Filter
    6ft Double Lounge, 2 Aqua Lamps w/remote
    216sqft Sungrabber Panels (9- 2'x12') a little undersized

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    Re: Can a solar cover breaking down srcew up your pump?

    Well, as I always say in my real job as tier III support for Ma Bell, "anything's possible". I would think though that the skimmer basket or the leaf basket in the pump would catch it, especially if you're using a skimmer sock. My cover's starting to come apart too, and it ends up in the skimmer sock. All I'm getting at the moment are little circles of blue plastic.
    24' x 52" AGP - approx 13,500 gallons
    Pentair Optiflo 1 hp/2sp pump w/ Swimpro Voyager 150 sq ft cartridge filter
    Intex 8110 SWCG
    "Fear the Schnauz!"

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    Re: Can a solar cover breaking down srcew up your pump?

    Thanks for the reply. I started using skimmer socks for this reason. I can't believe what else they catch!!
    16x32 inground vinyl 8' deep end
    1hp Northstar Pump, 20" Sand Filter
    6ft Double Lounge, 2 Aqua Lamps w/remote
    216sqft Sungrabber Panels (9- 2'x12') a little undersized

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