Solar Cover before Opening


New member
Apr 7, 2021
Pittsburgh, PA
Pool Size
Hi, new here.
Just got my first pool at the end of the season last year, so I don't have a lot of experience. We got in the pool once just so we could say we did, it was absolutely freezing.

I was wondering if it would be okay to put the solar cover on for a week or so before I start opening the pool? Would this hurt the liner that will be showing? Right now water is below skimmer and return. Sun hits the pool for a good part of the day. I've peeked at the water and it looks pretty good for closing for my first time. Pool water temperature is around 45-50°

Temperature is still all over the place, but I'm really wanting to open the last week of April.

Thank you!


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TFP Expert
Bronze Supporter
May 3, 2014
Laughlin, NV
Pool Size
Salt Water Generator
SWG Type
Pentair Intellichlor IC-40
Welcome to the forum!
You can put the cover on if you like. Do realize, as the water approaches 60F, the potential for algae growth goes way up.
I suggest you read ABC's of Pool Water Chemistry.
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