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Thread: Do solar covers burn chlorine the same as open sunlight?

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    Do solar covers burn chlorine the same as open sunlight?

    That's about it. Will having my solar cover on while I'm at work keep the chlorine in? Or will it still burn off?

    This is the plain old bubble wrap like cover. I won't do those 'Solar cover in a pill'. Anything that says it puts a film on my water is not getting in my water.
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    Re: Do solar covers burn chlorine the same as open sunlight?

    The sunlight will still affect the chlorine in the pool. How much depends on your cover - what colour is it?

    Generally, the darker the cover the less chlorine is lost to sunlight, barring all other variables. The blue ones seem to be a good balance between letting the sun in to heat and block UV rays that destroy chlorine. If you have s clear one, then it may have little to no benefit in this regard.
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    Re: Do solar covers burn chlorine the same as open sunlight?

    Well, if my FC holds overnight, I'll want it to start dropping tomorrow. (Means I'm done shocking!!! YEAY!)
    It's blue. We'll see. Best way to find out? Test!
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    Re: Do solar covers burn chlorine the same as open sunlight?

    just don't use the solar cover until your done shocking...they do not like shock level FC
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    Re: Do solar covers burn chlorine the same as open sunlight?

    I have a clear cover and don't notice a difference in the amount of chlorine I use a day whether it's on or off. People with dark covers report a reduction in the FC loss when the cover's on, so you're right, you'll just have to check and see how your pool reacts to your cover.
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