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    leaving solar blanket on for a week or not

    I am not going to use the pool for the next week after getting heated up, and was curious if there were any issues with leaving the solar blanket over the pool for this period? I have turned the chlorinator down to 20%. The cover is opaque blue with slver underlayer.

    Thanks for your help in advance.

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    Re: leaving solar blanket on for a week or not

    You may see your PH drop a bit, you may not. Shouldn't be a problem, I leave mine on all the time.
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    Re: leaving solar blanket on for a week or not

    great thanks, this saves me having to heat the pool up from scratch.

    Should I turn the SWG right down as there will be no UV sun burn off? The pool is 19,000gal and normaly in direct sunlight for most the day, liner. I notice when I remove the cover there is quite the CH smell but it was only shocked 4 days ago which could explain that although my TC is 0 on last check.

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    Re: leaving solar blanket on for a week or not

    TC at zero is not a good thing Is that a typo?
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    Re: leaving solar blanket on for a week or not

    yes sorry, all new to this the one thats supposed to be 0 (I think CC)

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    Re: leaving solar blanket on for a week or not

    Good morning,

    Do you plan to keep the heat on during the week?

    If not, you will lose whatever residual heat is in there now so I would leave the cover off and let it breathe
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    Re: leaving solar blanket on for a week or not

    Hi

    no was goign to turn the heater off, I was hoping to stop the pool dropping too low in temp costing more to heat back up, but you are the second person to mention letting the pool breathe and based on the CH smell I get when removing the cover I guess there is some link in that reason.

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    Re: leaving solar blanket on for a week or not

    I keep my solar cover on...Never had a problem...
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    Re: leaving solar blanket on for a week or not

    Some people think it's good to let the pool breathe, other people think it makes no difference. If you find leaving the cover on makes CC accumulate or makes your pH go weird, breathing is probably a remedy. I leave mine on pretty much all the time and don't have either of those problems.

    And in either case, I'd leave the cover on over vacation and not worry about it.
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