We purchased a house with an above ground pool. I've really appreciated the TFP system and have been using the TF100 testing kit. We have been using Bleach, borax and stabilizer. We're planning on being away from home for a little more than a week and I'm not sure how to plan for maintaining the pool. I've raised the CYA level to 50ppm, and my FC level is 6ppm, the Ph is about 7.7. during the first few weeks I was keeping the CYA level lower with a lower FC level, but thinking we'd be away and wanting the FC to remain in the pool I thought it would be better to kick it up, now in hindsight I'm not sure if that was a good idea.
1) how to maintain some FC while I'm away, should I shock it way up so it will slowly come down? or should we purchase Chlorine Tablets. Tablets seem like a waste because we will probably have to buy many more than we will need, is that right or wrong?
2) should we put the pump on a timer so it runs a few hours every day? Is that advisable, or is there concerns about it running while we are away? The water level has been pretty stable but i could raise it up a little higher than normal to make sure it doesn't drop too low.
3) are there any other things I should be thinking about before leaving?
Thanks so much for your help!