Hello all! We have been poring over this site since we stumbled on it last season, and have been grateful for the abundance of useful info here! I just officially joined, so please forgive the lack of pool stats... Hopefully my questions are more general, but my husband knows the particulars of the equipment and dimensions so I can hunt them out if needed.
So... We bought a house with an IG pool and, after one expensive and tentative season with Baquacil (the pool has been Baqua for many years, it seems), we are in the process of following TFP's conversion protocol to chlorine. Like another member currently converting, our pool store (the same pool store, we're in Ann Arbor!) is closing and it's going to be harder to get Baqua locally anyway, so it was clearly time to convert. So far, so good. We have the TFT 100 XL test kit and so far the conversion seems to be going as described. We started the process a few days later than expected since I had to repair fallen tiles before getting our water level up and the weather was rainy, and now we're bumping up against a long weekend out of town.
My question is whether or not is it advisable to use a cover (in our case, a cheapy winter cover that we can scrub after the conversion is complete and switch to a clean new solar cover) to cut out the effect of the sun eating the chlorine during the days while we're gone... Will it speed the process and actually use less chlorine, or will it eat or mess up the cover and/or cause us heartache and ruin in other ways? I am mainly looking for a solution to prevent dropping FC to zero and starting to grow stuff, or imposing on our new neighbor to dump gallons of chlorinator every night for us. Our overnight FC went from 17 to 13 ppm this AM, so I would think covered it could last much longer. We started the conversion on Sunday AM and have been doing our best to keep the FC at 15, skim the goo, backwash (DE filter), and scrub as needed. We leave town on Thursday evening, back on Monday evening.
What can we do to not go backwards in the conversion while we're away?
Thanks for your help!!