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Thread: Salt Pool and Solar Bubble Blankets

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    Mar 2008

    Salt Pool and Solar Bubble Blankets

    before I new better I was sold on Solar Sun Rings last season when I had my pool built.Now they are a pain.I went with them under the impression the SWG pools deteriorate the bubble covers quicker.Is there any truth to this.I would like to here from other SWG pool owners on how they cover their pools.I run a heat pump to extent my season and would like to go with a different cover.Thank you TFP in advance.
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    Apr 2007
    SW Indiana

    Re: Salt Pool and Solar Bubble Blankets

    I can't think of any reason a salt pool would deteriorate a cover faster. The chemistry in the water is the same, and since you almost never need to shock a salt pool, it would seem to be easier on the cover.
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    Re: Salt Pool and Solar Bubble Blankets

    Have a clear solar cover, SWG AutoPilot Digital, Salt at 3500-3600, FC at 5, ph at 7.5, Alk at 80, Calcium at 475, CyA at 30, temp averages 82-86 summer, 78-84 winter, plus we have a very high UV index compared to most locations, with no problems with the cover.

    Ah, forgot to mention. The reel is a different issue. The bolts get rusty, presumably they are not marine grade. One can overcome this by using by using Corrosion Block (used on Aircraft) from and then winding waterproof electrical tape over them, not very elegant but solves the problem.

    Hope this helps.
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    May 2007
    Pleasanton, CA

    Re: Salt Pool and Solar Bubble Blankets

    The only downside with a salt pool is that the cover starts to get a film of salt on the top unless you wash it off periodically. Also, any reel that you might use will start to collect salt if not cleaned frequently. Not much different than the deck which also collects salt if not cleaned. Part of the extra maintenance that comes with the SWG. Save some lose some.
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