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Thread: solar cover

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    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Bucyrus, Ohio

    solar cover

    Will putting a solar cover on my pool during the day time help with some of the chlorine loss?
    Pool size: 15' X 48" AG vinyl liner, 5300 gallons, Hayward S166T filter and 1hp pump

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    Join Date
    May 2008
    Virginia Beach, VA

    Re: solar cover

    Most articles I've read here, and my own personal experience, indicate that the solar covers reduce chlorine consumption by a little bit. I believe there are a lot of different factors that influence this and to what degree. Your mileage may vary.

    As always stressed in the forum, it's important to have a good test kit, and test frequently so you understand the impacts and how your pool behaves.

    From your post, it kind of sounds like you are having issues with chlorine loss, which is more likely due to organics consuming the algae or low CYA. A solar cover isn't going to make any different with these.

    Good luck!

    28K IG Vinyl lined pool - 1 skimmer, 2 returns
    Hayward DE 60sqft filter; Polaris 280 vacuum with booster pump

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    May 2007
    Silver Spring, MD

    Re: solar cover

    Yep, sbluhm has it right. Some covers dramatically reduce chlorine consumption due to sunlight, others don't. Usually the darker colors reduce chlorine consumption, but there are exceptions.
    19K gal, vinyl, 1/2 HP WhisperFlo pump, 200 sqft cartridge filter, AutoPilot Digital SWG, Dolphin Dynamic cleaning robot
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