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    First vacation with pool

    Hi all-

    I'm about to leave my pool for 8 days for the first time since I've had it. My in-laws are stopping by every evening to care for my cats and parrots so I do have them to add bleach.

    Here is my plan - please advise if you think this is a good plan or if I need to change it.

    First, my pool loses between 1 and 2 ppm FC each day (24hrs) dependent on weather.

    Most recent test results:
    FC 4
    CC 0
    pH 7.5
    CYA 30
    TA 100
    CH 240


    My plan is, before leaving Friday morning, to take it to Shock level (12 - CYA is 30). FC desired range is 2-4. One gallon of bleach typically increases pool by a little over 5.

    So...

    If Friday morning the FC is 12, my estimated projected chlorine loss would look something like this:
    Sat AM: FC between 10 -11
    Sat PM: 9 - 10.5
    Sun PM: 7 - 9.5
    Mon PM: 5 - 8.5
    Tue PM: 3 - 7.5 - Plan to have in-laws add 1/2 gallon of bleach, so plus 2.5 would mean between 5.5-10FC
    Wed PM: 3.5-9
    Thur PM: 1.5 - 8 - In-laws add another 1/2 gallon. I realize 1.5 is low, but I sincerely doubt it will be full sun all day every day for the worst case scenario.
    Fri PM: 3 - 9.5 - I will check and adjust as soon as I return home.

    Sound like a good plan? I intend to do one last full test prior to leaving.

    Thanks for everyone's help!
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    Doughboy Powerline XP1 2Hp Dual Speed Pump
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    Re: First vacation with pool

    Yes, that seems well thought out to me. You may get some variation but you should be close enough to keep your pool clear for when you return. Nice work.
    Dave S.
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    Re: First vacation with pool

    Great, thanks Dave!!!

    Really hoping I don't come home to a swamp after having such great luck this summer!
    18'x32' Oval Radiant - 15,000 gallons - Semi Inground (built into hill) - vinyl liner.
    Doughboy Powerline XP1 2Hp Dual Speed Pump
    Doughboy Silica II Sand Filter
    Installed 6/20/2014

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    Re: First vacation with pool

    I found my FC loss was greater the higher it was above my recommended level for my CYA. I don't remember the exact numbers, but the sun ate through much more of it (ppm) when I was closer to SLAM levels than when it is closer to recommended levels.

    Cory
    ~17,000 gallon IG Pool (32x17 Oval) - Vinyl Liner
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    Re: First vacation with pool

    ^^ya the higher the chlorine the faster it dissipates til it gets to maintenance level.

    Another benefit I found with having a blue solar cover...I use a lot less bleach.

    I can sometimes go up to 3 days with no FC loss.
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