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    Silly question, but I need your input!

    Please help! Our pool had to undergo some unforseen remodeling at the beginning of summer. We have just completed the renovatins and are currently filling the pool with water. This is my question: since we are going to, basically, fill the pool and then cover it, do I still add chemicals just as though I was getting it ready to swim in?




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    Re: Silly question, but I need your input!

    I would. You want the water to be balanced and have chlorine before you winterize it.
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    Re: Silly question, but I need your input!

    do I still add chemicals just as though I was getting it ready to swim in?
    Perhaps not quite ready to swim but ready to close.

    I would not add CYA but I would adjust pH, raise FC to shock value and make sure CH and TA were something reasonable
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    Re: Silly question, but I need your input!

    Thank you for your suggestins! I really appreciate it!

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    Re: Silly question, but I need your input!

    ms lovin my pool:

    Although our swimming season ranges from 7-8 months, I keep my pool operational year-round (meaning I never "close" it). From that perspective, I still keep the pH and TA within recommended ranges all winter. Usually, this does not require much effort during the off-season but I do keep an eye on it. Of course, I also add chlorine (liquid bleach) as well during the off-season to keep the FC level at the low end of the recommended range for my CYA level. Since the chlorine demand drops during the winter, I'm not adding much during this time either. Since your pool will be covered, your water will likely remain relatively stable once you've added chlorine and adjusted your pH & TA to within recommended levels before putting the cover on and calling it a season.

    Bottom-line is that water balance is just as important to the overall health of the pool as maintaining FC is to proper sanitation.
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    Re: Silly question, but I need your input!

    Thank you everyone for your help!!!!

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