Closing without Polyquat....should I be okay?

thefloatqueen

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Dec 24, 2018
409
Columbus, OH
After a change in the forecast, my closing day has been pushed forward to today so I have no time to let my FC drift down. I bought some Poly 60 from Amazon (I can still return it since it’s unopened and I have 30 days) a week ago but will not be using it to close my pool due to time restraints. Do you think I will be okay? Here is some info if it helps at all....

*OCLT was 0.5ppm
*Water is currently 1.5ppm below SLAM level.
*Water temperature is almost 40 degrees!!
*I’m opening as early as humanly possible just like I’m closing as late as I possibly can lol.
*My water is crystal clear as always and I’ve never had a single speck of algae.
*Pool has been brushed, vacuumed, and leaves scooped out. There’s only a tiny bit of dirt at the bottom (you have to be very close to notice it).
**I AM USING A MICRO MESH WINTER COVER**

What do you TFPers think? Could I possibly get by all winter (central Ohio) without opening up to green water/algae at opening (I’m opening before temps hit 50)? Should I add an additional few cups of bleach to bring my FC back up to SLAM (20ppm) an hour or so prior to draining below the returns today? Any other tips? Sorry for all the questions. It’s my first closing lol

PoolMath numbers from 6am this morning:
FC: 18.5
CC: 0.0
CYA: 50
TA: 90
pH: Around 7.5-7.8ish. I adjusted it prior to bringing chlorine to shock level.
CH: 75
Water Temperature: 42 degrees Fahrenheit

THANKS IN ADVANCE!! I’m nervous lol38DFB231-C20B-4F36-B692-53776B02609E.jpeg
 
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Leebo

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You’re just fine! Have a cup of coffee and enjoy the frost that hit Ohio today. As long as the area doesn’t have a weird hot winter (that would be bliss) your pool will stay cold and clear at opening.
 
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thefloatqueen

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Dec 24, 2018
409
Columbus, OH
You’re just fine! Have a cup of coffee and enjoy the frost that hit Ohio today. As long as the area doesn’t have a weird hot winter (that would be bliss) your pool will stay cold and clear at opening.
Coffee already in hand and I hate the frost! Lol at least it’ll melt early today. I’ve been running the pump 24/7. The upcoming forecast has lows in the lower to mid 20s!! Today the high is 50 with sunshine (no rain finally) so I told my husband no excuses, we are closing TODAY!! Lol last nice day for a while. Even if the weather does get bipolar (no pun intended lol), you know in Ohio it only lasts a day or two and it won’t even get that warm lol. If it does happen, I’ll just peel the cover back and add some FC and swirl it around with a brush lol
 

Newdude

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Jun 16, 2019
1,172
NY
You’ll be fine. You’ve already taken way more precautions than the average pool owner. Not much more you can do. I also wanted to note that you don’t want to open too early come spring. The water temp should be around the average between the highs and lows for whatever week it is. But the early spring can be funky for those of us in the northern half of the country. March 1st could be 78 degrees and humid but April first could get a ‘whoops’ and be in the 20s again for a week or two. Most years I am gung go and mentally ready to open the pool but I won’t trust the weather to stay warm until early May. Even in the warmer years the water was still 55 degrees when I popped the cover.
 
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