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    May 2015
    Oakland, CA

    Problem with Pool Cover strong plastic smell

    I have a vinyl based pool cover. Whenever it is sunny or just warm, the cover starts to emit a very strong smell of burned plastic. It goes away as soon as the cover is rolled up or when it is gray or the sun is out.

    The reseller keeps telling us (without coming to check) that it must be the water, but somehow I find it hard to believe.

    Has anyone had any similar experience with their pool cover ?


    18,000 gals in-ground pool built in 1960s, 12*30ft, gunite, chlorine, hayward ecostar pump

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    bobodaclown's Avatar
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    Apr 2011
    Murrieta, CA

    Re: Problem with Pool Cover strong plastic smell

    WhenI first got mine it had that new plastic smell. It sounds like it's just outgassing. Outgassing - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    Murrieta, CA. 15K (Est) pool/spa. Hayward Tristar SP3220EE 2.70HP pump, Hayward Swimclear Cartridge filter C4025 425sqft (PA106), Pentair Mastertemp 400 heater. TF-100/Speedstir

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    Jul 2009
    Houston, Texas

    Re: Problem with Pool Cover strong plastic smell

    Yes, outgassing. The smell will stay until it stops outgassing. The more it is open and exposed to the sun the quicker the process will complete.
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    May 2015
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    Re: Problem with Pool Cover strong plastic smell

    I wish mine smelled like plastic. I had it piled up next to the pool and the neighbor's cats have been peeing on it.
    22,000 gal IG, vinyl liner, 1/2 hp Hayward pump, Hayward sand fillter
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