Become a TFP Supporter Pool Math Forum Rules Pool School
Results 1 to 6 of 6

Thread: Solar Blankets and Algae

  1. Back To Top    #1

    Join Date
    Apr 2013
    Location
    Port St. Lucie Florida
    Posts
    55

    Solar Blankets and Algae

    Interested in your experience.

    I have spent the past week trying to clear up an algae bloom. It has now occurred to me that my solar cover could be contaminated with algae. I used it the week I discovered the problem.

    I use my cover only in the spring and fall. I put it on at night to stop the radiational cooling and keep my day warmed water in. I have a screened cage around my pool without a lot of deck space. In the morning i move the lounge chairs out of the way, pull the cover out of pool and fold in an acordian pattern then roll it up and put in a storage box outside my screen.

    Could my cover be the problem? Is there where I got the algae from? Is algae growing on the cover in the box? I have no place to let the cover dry completely before putting it away and I always try to keep it out of the sun when not in use.

    Suggestions?

    Lisa
    15,000gal. Free form aggregate finish with raised spa with spillover to pool
    Sta-right Posi-clear 95sq.ft. Cartridge filter
    2hp whisper flow pump
    Pool pilot nano SWG
    Aqua therm heat pump

  2. Back To Top    #2
    linen's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Location
    Twin Cities, MN
    Posts
    8,649

    Re: Solar Blankets and Algae

    I doubt it.

    Does the solar cover appear to have algae?

    During the day during the shock process, you want the cover off so the full extent of the suns UV light can help oxidize the CC. At night, it probably doesn't hurt to have it on and if it does have stuff on it, then you will be killing that as well.
    TFP Expert who uses Pool School and my TF100 test kit along with PoolMath for my: Round 11K gallon AGP with deep end, 20" sand filter, Matrix 1hp 2spd, 6 2ftX20ft solar panels (and solar cover!), Intex SWCG (copper bars disconnected) and a Rubadub hot tub (chlorine). The SLAM process is not finished until: 1. CC < 0.5 ppm, 2. An OCLT < 1.0 ppm and, 3. The water is crystal clear.

  3. Back To Top    #3

    Join Date
    Apr 2013
    Location
    Port St. Lucie Florida
    Posts
    55

    Re: Solar Blankets and Algae

    I'm not using the solar cover while shocking....just wanted to know if rolling it up wet and putting away could cause algae that then would be introduced to pool when used.

    Lisa
    15,000gal. Free form aggregate finish with raised spa with spillover to pool
    Sta-right Posi-clear 95sq.ft. Cartridge filter
    2hp whisper flow pump
    Pool pilot nano SWG
    Aqua therm heat pump

  4. Back To Top    #4
    frustratedpoolmom's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Location
    SWSuburban Chicago, IL
    Posts
    11,965

    Re: Solar Blankets and Algae

    Yes I believe it can harbor algae spores if stored wet. But if you use it nightly chlorine will kill anything. If you are still shocking I would put it on tonight and let the shock level chlorine access it - get pool water on top - brush the top of it with a nylon pole/brush if you can.
    Helpful links: Pool School; CYA/Chlorine Chart
    24' round AG pool, 52" high, Raypak heater; Waterway 2 spd Pump;
    150 Sq ft. Clearwater Cartridge Filter; Former and DISSATISFIED "Pool Frog" owner
    http://www.PerfectlyClearPoolService.com

  5. Back To Top    #5
    SkyKid's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2013
    Location
    Upstate South Carolina
    Posts
    137

    Re: Solar Blankets and Algae

    I was told not to use it while shocking
    It could wreck the solar blanket because of the high FC
    It could introduce more algae into the pool
    and I was told to just clean it with tap water(my tap water is around 5 FC)
    and then it should be good to go
    I know I'm very new at this but this thread is conflicting with some info I got already
    14600gal, In-Ground Fiberglass, Haywood s244t Sand Filter, Jandy Apure35 SWG,
    Haywood 2 speed 1hp pump, Haywood Pool Shark, TF-100 Test Kit http://tftestkits.net/
    Pool School http://www.troublefreepool.com/categ...etting_started
    Never been Pool Stored Thanks to TFP

  6. Back To Top    #6
    linen's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Location
    Twin Cities, MN
    Posts
    8,649

    Re: Solar Blankets and Algae

    Quote Originally Posted by SkyKid
    I know I'm very new at this but this thread is conflicting with some info I got already
    Good comment!

    My perspective is: high chlorine levels have the potential to reduce the life of the solar cover, although probably less then what happens to the cover just being exposed to the sun. Ideally, leaving the cover off during the whole shock process is probably best, but putting the cover on during a couple of nights to kill any algae on it isn't going to hurt anything or the cover all that much.
    TFP Expert who uses Pool School and my TF100 test kit along with PoolMath for my: Round 11K gallon AGP with deep end, 20" sand filter, Matrix 1hp 2spd, 6 2ftX20ft solar panels (and solar cover!), Intex SWCG (copper bars disconnected) and a Rubadub hot tub (chlorine). The SLAM process is not finished until: 1. CC < 0.5 ppm, 2. An OCLT < 1.0 ppm and, 3. The water is crystal clear.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •