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Thread: Can I keep my solar cover on after adding bleach?

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    Can I keep my solar cover on after adding bleach?

    Since my first question was answered so quickly, I feel compelled to ask another. I want to start BBB. Do I need to take the solar cover off each night after adding the bleach? If yes, do you usually put it back on after a few hours?

    Thanks again, this is a great forum.

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    98xc600's Avatar
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    I don't know of a reason to have it off I would leave it on. Shouldn't do any harm.
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    I leave it on, there have been times when I've pushed it back far enough to pour in some bleach by the return. It hurts it none....
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    If you have returns that are at all above your water line, I would recommend pouring bleach near the return stream but not into it.

    I did that last year and the section of my solar cover that the return stream was flowing into got nice and brittle.
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    I have experienced the same thing as robrinker. I don't know if it is the chemicals or just ware the return hit the solar blanket now I role back the cover to add acid and use the skimmer for CL. The strange thing the brittle area was gone after I took the cover out of storage this spring.
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    Not sure if you have to.. but I always remove my cover before adding any chemicals.
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    I just peel back the solar cover, pour the bleach into the return stream (which is beneath the water line in my pool), and then pull the cover back.

    I use a thin solar cover and don't expect it to last too many years anyways. The sun will beat it to its death way before the bleach will!

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