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Thread: Does my pool need to "breathe"?

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    Does my pool need to "breathe"?

    With the pool surrounded by trees and our young kids I am happy to have the auto-cover. I hardly use up any FC. Dumb question here, but should I open the cover for a bit even on days when not in use? I notice the potent chlorine smell upon opening and then smell nothing after a few minutes. Thought I read something here once about the sun "burning off the CC".

    FC 8.5
    CC 0
    CYA 70
    TA 80
    pH 7.4
    CH 280

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    Re: Does my pool need to "breathe"?

    You are absolutely spot on. Pools do like to breathe and one of the primary reasons is for the sun to burn of any CC's that may have developed.

    Nice looking numbers, too. Thanks for posting them.....gives us a good picture....bet your water is crystal clear.
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    Re: Does my pool need to "breathe"?

    As long as it's opened about once a week or so you should be fine. I do see that your FC is pretty high for a swg pool. I'd crank it back to where it holds about 3 ppm FC.
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    Re: Does my pool need to "breathe"?

    Perfect. Thank you for the speedy replies! Easily open once per week even in our garbage weather this spring. Water is so clear thanks to TFP and we cleared up a friend's white/cloudy pool thanks to you guys. I am just plain chicken to let the FC get much lower after all the photos of green pools I have seen people send in here for help. A little further into my first year here and I will likely relax and dial it back a bit.
    Thanks again!
    13,300G fiberglass inground pool, 16x33ft Viking Lakeshore
    Pentair IntelliFlo VS pump
    Pentair TA100 sand filter with Zeobrite
    Pentair UltraTemp heat pump, IntelliChlor SWG
    Test kit: Taylor K-2006C

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