Is polyquat 60 absolutely necessary for closing?

Splitshot

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Apr 19, 2017
32
Hillsborough New Jersey
Have to close early this year, mid September in NJ. I forgot last year to add polyquat 60 to pool. It still opened crystal clear. Solid cover and closed mid October then. I’m wondering how important is the addition of polyquat to the process? BTW just a thanks to all that make this site available, 15 yrs struggling to keep my pool clear, 4 yrs with TFP and nary a struggle had. Thanks.
 
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ajw22

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Jul 21, 2013
9,754
Northern NJ
As you found Polyquat 60 is not essential in a pool closing. Using it is an insurance policy against possibly having algae at opening. It may help, it may not, and you may get by without it.
 

Newdude

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Jun 16, 2019
982
NY
Compare the cost of using it versus the *possible* cost of a SLAM in the spring. I personally like the $30 piece of mind. I seem to be in the minority but when I built my pool, I factored and budgeted the yearly operating costs beforehand. Some years are better than others, but It wouldn’t have been any different if we bought a boat instead. I like to save money as much as the next guy, but a handful of $30 ‘insurance policies’ is a drop in the proverbial bucket.
 

JoeSelf

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Jun 18, 2014
598
Glassboro NJ
I use POLY in my steps (2 are weights w/ gravel) to prevent algae. Try to change every week or two weeks. I have almost a whole bottle left I'll just dump the whole thing in the night before closing and let the pump run all night.
 

Casey

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Apr 16, 2007
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SW PA
It's not necessarily needed. I've used it and not used it with the same results. Crystal clear water.
 
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bmoreswim

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Jul 16, 2012
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I would recommend adding it since you are closing with the water temperature being above 60. You may still have a green pool at opening, but closing this early you need all the (safe) help you can get.
 

Catanzaro

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Jul 30, 2014
3,376
Monmouth County, New Jersey
If you are going to close early with a mesh cover, then use Poly 60, but make sure the pool is clean first. If you want to have extra insurance, cover the mesh cover with inexpensive solid tarps (secure) and still allow some rain water in until December 1st, and then you can remove them until next year. This will keep most of the UV Rays away from the pool until it becomes real cold.