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    Join Date
    May 2016
    Atlanta, GA


    Hello all! I'm curious how you handle maintaining your pool while on vacation for a week? How do you ensure chlorine levels stay up and you don't have an algae outbreak or something else? If I filled the "floating duck" with chlorine tabs, how much would I see my CYA increase? We are at 40 for CYA and have an 11,500 gallon pool. We had to empty 3/4 of our pool to get our CYA down at the beginning of summer and I am scared to death of having to do that again.

    Any suggestions?

    14.5'x32' irregular shape gunite pool; 12,000 gal; Purex Triton Tagelus Sand Filter; Dolphin Triton Plus robot; 16mm Clear Solar Cover

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    Jul 2015
    Central Valley CA

    Re: Vacation

    There is a drop down at the bottom of Pool Math that will tell you how much CYA and FC you will get out of a tab based on weight. For a week I don't think a floater would completely empty in that time frame but you can calculate as if it would for worst case scenario. A 3" tablet weighs 7oz

    Most of the posts I see people bring the pool up to or near SLAM level and anchor the floater out in the deep end so it does not get stuck near a return and dissolve too quickly or in a corner and bleach out the surface.


    Just found THIS chart, assuming it is accurate and I have no reason to believe it is not it will give you a rough idea how many tabs you need. Their tabs are 8 oz but we are not making rocket fuel here close enough.
    12,300 Gallon, IG PebbleFina, built Oct 2015, 3 ft sheer, 2 Jandy nicheless LED lights, Jandy Pro 1.5HP VS pump (A.O. Smith Motor), PB4-60 Booster pump, Polaris 280, Jandy cv340 cartridge filter, Zodiac z4 control panel W/iAquaLink, 10GPDStenner for chlorine, 3GPD Stenner for MA, TF-100.

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    Jun 2009
    NW Ohio

    Re: Vacation

    I bring the pool to SLAM level and then use a floater with tablets equal to 2 ppm FC/day. if the pool is covered 1 ppm is probably more in line. So for your pool specifically and assuming you don't have a solar cover on I would raise the FC to 16 and put 23 ounces of tablets in (3-4 3" tablets) for a full week. This will raise your CYA by about 8 ppm so retest your CYA after you get home and adjust your FC from there, but as long as it isn't a continuous thing a small increase won't hurt.

    if you plan to take several week long trips this summer then other options may need to be explored.
    JD - 28' Round Above Ground Pool, 17,000 Gallons. Dual speed Jacuzzi pump with cartridge filter.
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    Jun 2015
    York SC

    Re: Vacation

    I was at the same place as you and when I did the tabs for 7 days I got a cya increase of 10, not too bad. Also got back to a fc of 3. I also overfilled to about 3/4 up the skimmer to cover evaporation before I left.

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    Mark, 30,000 gallon, IG Vinyl, Pentair Superflo Variable Speed 1.5 HP pump, Hayward S220T Sand Filter, Taylor k-2006 Test kit with speedstir. Dolphin Nautilus Plus.

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