After living in our house for 3 years, I've finally decided to fire the pool company (after leaving our the pool fence open 4 weeks in a row, thus putting my toddler and preschooler in danger). I'm slightly nervous as this is horrible timing since we are leaving on vacation this Friday for 15 days and our pool will be left neglected.
I've ordered the Taylor K2006 test kit, but it will not arrive until after we have already left. The pool was last serviced by the pool company on Thursday (4 days ago) and we leave in 4 days. My plan was to take a water sample to the pool store to see what levels we're working with tonight and see what needs to be added since I'm not sure the pool tech ever actually tested the water, but just came and dumped chlorine mostly.
I've been reading past posts for ideas on how to keep my pool in decent shape while we're gone. I saw a lot of people suggesting to raise the chlorine to shock level (this is 10ppm, right?), covering with a solar cover (which we have), and adding one(or more?) puck in a floater. Assuming all other levels are good when testing, should this be enough? I have also noticed a tiny bit of algae in my spa. Should I buy something at the pool store tonight for that or wait and deal with it after the trip?
Pool is an concrete inground 10x25ft with attached 7.5ft round spa. We're also in South Florida so the sun is very direct here.