Anyone closed with a mesh cover and opened to crystal clear water?


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Dec 24, 2018
Columbus, OH
I bought a really nice micro-mesh cover from In The Swim that I will be putting on (hopefully) tomorrow or Wednesday when I close my pool. To those who have mesh covers, do you open to clear water in the spring or is a mess inevitable? I brought my pool to SLAM level 3 days ago and waiting for it to drift down to 10ppm (half-SLAM) so I can add the Polyquat, run pump 24 hrs, and close.

Since I’m closing late (water temperature is below 45 degrees!!!) and will be opening super early, do you think I need to worry? Water is currently crystal clear and I have already brushed/vacuumed but there’s still very small dirt particles in certain areas. Any experiences and/or advice would be greatly appreciated! Thank you!



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May 31, 2015
Gaylesville, AL
What my water looked like immediately after taking the cover off of it the year before last.
Last year it was the same, but I just drained it because I was putting up a new pool.

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Jun 16, 2019
For 7 seasons my water has been as clear as possible at opening. Any silt or dust that gets in is long settled at the bottom and easily vacuums clean with 2 passes. The first pass stirs some of it up so a second pass is needed, but it’s a good idea to start the season with a thorough cleaning anyway.
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Mar 15, 2017
Chicago/Northwest, IL
I get a lot of leaves and wind around the pool. I used a mesh cover for the first time last year. When I opened in the spring, it wasn't beautiful, but not bad. Nothing that a couple days of filtering and running the robot couldn't take care of. As you said, opening early is key to keeping algae from taking hold.
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