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    How to best chlorinate while on vacation

    I'll be away from my pool for a week. Is there recommended best way to chlorinate while I'm away. The floater with the chlorine tablets from the pool store? I really don't wish to come home to a green pool.

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    Re: How to best chlorinate while on vacation

    A common question. You have a few options/considerations:
    - Increase FC to SLAM level before leaving. That should get you through a few days
    - If you have a cover, make sure to use it. That will save lots of FC.
    - Have a friend/neighbor add bleach each day, maybe check your skimmer if needed as well
    - As long as your CYA isn't too high already, drop a couple chlorine tabs in a floater until you get back.

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    Re: How to best chlorinate while on vacation

    My cya is at 40. Am I safe to let the tablets float for a week? Any recommended tablets better than others?

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    Re: How to best chlorinate while on vacation

    Just get tablets near 100% trichlor ... no #-in-1 versions and definitely none that contain copper.

    Using PoolMath, each 8 oz tablet of trichlor will add 12ppm of FC and 7.4 ppm of CYA.

    So, I would raise the FC to shock level with bleach and only add 1 tablet in a floater wide open.
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    Re: How to best chlorinate while on vacation

    So I returned from a week away and my pool was in decent shape. Water is clear but definitely a bit cloudy. The trichlor tabs elevated the cya to about 60 so I added new water to bring it down to 50 as of today. It has been about 100 degrees here and raining heavily. I've tried to keep leaves and twigs out via the skimmer and scoop net but I do have the light brown/yellow powder algae settling on the bottom of the pool. I shocked the pool twice to about a 24 per pool math at a cya of 60. I'm changing filters about every 2 days and the dirty filter is quite green and slimy(not really reusable IMO). The water is still transparent albeit cloudy. My pool store guy did mention phosphates although I didn't bite. Is it possible that the climate and the fact that my pool is beneath a large oak tree that phosphates could be a legitimate issue for me? I feel like I'm fighting the battle but possibly missing something.

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    Re: How to best chlorinate while on vacation

    You can't just raise the FC up once or twice. You need to maintain the level that's the m in the slam process.
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    Re: How to best chlorinate while on vacation

    Yes, follow this process to kill algae, SLAM
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