Going on vacation this Fall for 10 days. Not worried about chlorine since the SWCG produces enough with the pump running for 6 hours daily.
We have (too many) trees near our pool, and the leaves were a significant issue last Fall. At the height of the problem, I had to clear out the skimmer baskets 1-2 times/day. We were away for a week last year, and the baskets were clogged to the point that the pump was sucking air.
We have two drains at the bottom of the pool (one main drain and one for the water feature pump). I am considering turning off the skimmer drain lines and pumping exclusively from the main drain while we are away. Interested to hear from those with more experience if that is a good idea.
- I imagine that we will come back to a pool entirely covered with leaves. Will it be a problem to have that much organic material floating around the pool for that long? Should we consider aiming for a higher FC level?
- Is there a danger of having leaves sucked down and clogging the main drain (8 feet deep)?
- Would you recommend running both pumps (main drain and water feature) to keep water circulating?