SLAM; Solar Cover

Do I leave the solar cover off for SLAM?

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New member
Jun 27, 2019
New to pool care. I just started SLAM. I have a brand new, still in box, blue 8 year solar cover. Do I leave it off for the duration of SLAM or is it safe to put it on?


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LifeTime Supporter
May 19, 2010
Tucson, AZ
:wave: Welcome to TFP!!!

Agree with leaving it off. The cover may trap CC and the higher FC levels will wear on the cover a bit.


Gold Supporter
Jun 13, 2017
Rochester, MN
I've always put the solar cover on after the last dose of chlorine each evening until the first dose in the morning because I was concerned about potential algae on the cover itself. But with a new cover, there won't be any algae clinging to the cover so I would not put it on until the SLAM is finished.


Jun 6, 2019
?? Neighbor! Are you drowning on land?! Holy Hannah is it wet outside. This humidity is exactly why I don’t leave the Midwest in the summer.
Anywho... with this heat, and my thermometer being set at 84, I was worried about evaporation of the chlorine and how that’d affect my readying. I’m on day 7 of slam and it’s still a tiny tiny bit cloudy. There’s a huge difference between my CYA results in the Pool store. I’ve been going by My reading which is 50. We shall see what morning readings bring...


Gold Supporter
Jun 13, 2017
Rochester, MN
When the dew point is 80, salvation is the pool! Loving we don't need to be heating the water and running the A/C at the same time :)

Trust your reading for CYA. Cloudy but blue can last for a bit, but it's still OK for swimming and enjoying.