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    Chlorine maintenance while away...

    I am pregnant and will be away for a few days during the birth of our child. You guys turned me into a TFP dork last year and I am totally in love with the method. So, I am very worried how my pool will be maintained while we are away for at least 2-3 days. I won't have anyone to "babysit" my pool that would be capable of doing correct testing and adding of bleach. Any ideas on the best method to keep my pool in decent shape?
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    Re: Chlorine maintenance while away...

    Congrats!

    Some chlorine tablets in a floater will work fine while your away. Be aware, they will raise your CYA a few points - so your chlorine target may go up a point or two. Many people use them while on vacation or away from their pool for a few days.
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    Re: Chlorine maintenance while away...

    Maybe ask a friend to dump in your normal daily each add? I am always looking for ways to help my friends. Makes me feel good to help out!

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    Re: Chlorine maintenance while away...

    Quote Originally Posted by proavia View Post
    Congrats!

    Some chlorine tablets in a floater will work fine while your away. Be aware, they will raise your CYA a few points - so your chlorine target may go up a point or two. Many people use them while on vacation or away from their pool for a few days.
    Sounds like an easy plan. I guess it will all depend on what my opening cya is. I had a wonderful inherited cya level of >200 from the previous owners puck obsession last year :\

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    Quote Originally Posted by MarianParoo View Post
    Maybe ask a friend to dump in your normal daily each add? I am always looking for ways to help my friends. Makes me feel good to help out!
    True...by then I should be able to tell what my daily need is. Good idea.
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    Hayward Pro-Series S244T sand filter system
    Hayward motor & pump (rpm 3450,model SP2607X10)
    Polaris 280 w/booster pump.Taylor K-2006 test kit

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    Re: Chlorine maintenance while away...

    Of course, I like Marian's plan better. I'm just not sure I can find anyone who lives close by as anal as me to stay on top of it.
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    Re: Chlorine maintenance while away...

    Raise FC to shock level for your CYA and it should be fine. A couple of trichlor pucks for insurance.
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    Re: Chlorine maintenance while away...

    Lindz18....I did exactly what pooldv recommended above. I left for two weeks at the end of last year. I raised my chlorine level to shock levels, put my pump on a timer to run 6 hours a day and filled a floating chlorine tablet dispenser with 3" pucks with the dispenser window about half open. Came back from vacation to a crystal clear pool, chlorine levels still within the recommended window and a small increase is CYA. This was the advice I received when I asked the question you recently asked. Kudos to the good folks at TFP. Many thanks for the good advice..Lindz18, if you follow the suggestions you will be fine...
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    Re: Chlorine maintenance while away...

    One more thing, if your PH tends to rise go ahead and lower it to 7.2 before you go.
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