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    SWG not working, Going on a vacation for a week - what to do so water remains good?

    Hi,

    Got a new house with pool last week. Since then have been working to get the pH down and chlorine levels up.
    After 2 rounds of muriatic acid and shocks in the last 4 days it is now at:
    - FC -2
    - PH 7.8
    - CYA - 20
    - CH - 180
    - TA - 90
    Everything looks good other than CYA. What should I do to get that right.

    Also leaving for vacation on Saturday for 5 days. Since the SWG is not functioning (previous owners left it in not working condition) and replacement will take at least 2 weeks, what can I do.
    Can I just put shock on Friday and then another on Sunday..
    Just need to make sure its somewhat OK - until we come back.

    Thanks!
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    Re: SWG not working, Going on a vacation for a week - what to do so water remains goo

    You can throw some tri-chlor tabs into the skimmer. That will also have the added benefit of raising your CYA. However, long term, you don't want to use tabs as your CYA will get so high it becomes unmanageable. But for vacation purposes and since your CYA is currently low, it will be fine.
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    Re: SWG not working, Going on a vacation for a week - what to do so water remains goo

    Take your FC to 12 using plain bleach, cover the pool if possible. Have a neighbor add bleach while you're gone if possible. If not......buy one of those floating puck dispensers and fill it up with tabs while you're gone. Tie it to a ladder rail so it is in the flow. Not a good idea to leave tabs in a skimmer basket when the pump is not running.
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    Re: SWG not working, Going on a vacation for a week - what to do so water remains goo

    I would lower PH to 7.2 or 7.4 also, especially if yours tends to rise. 7.8 is top of the range.
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    Re: SWG not working, Going on a vacation for a week - what to do so water remains goo

    Just using those floating pucks is gonna help drop that PH some for ya'.
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    Re: SWG not working, Going on a vacation for a week - what to do so water remains goo

    Quote Originally Posted by woodyp View Post
    Take your FC to 12 using plain bleach, cover the pool if possible. Have a neighbor add bleach while you're gone if possible. If not......buy one of those floating puck dispensers and fill it up with tabs while you're gone. Tie it to a ladder rail so it is in the flow. Not a good idea to leave tabs in a skimmer basket when the pump is not running.
    Why wouldn't the pump be running....he said his SWG is down, not the pump.
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    Re: SWG not working, Going on a vacation for a week - what to do so water remains goo

    Quote Originally Posted by robertmee View Post
    Why wouldn't the pump be running....he said his SWG is down, not the pump.
    pump probably isn't running 24/7, so when its not running it just sitting there. floater would be better option
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    Re: SWG not working, Going on a vacation for a week - what to do so water remains goo

    Agreed if not running 24/7. But if I'm going on vacation, it's running 24/7 just to keep filtration at a max since I'm not skimming or vacuuming. I guess I'm assuming things that to me are common, but maybe not so much. My bad.
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    Re: SWG not working, Going on a vacation for a week - what to do so water remains goo

    yeah, you got a variable speed pump and can run on low 24/7. wouldn't do that with single speed
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