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Thread: Chlorinating while on vacation

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    Jun 2016
    Jurupa Valley, Ca / Southern Ca

    Chlorinating while on vacation

    I recently bought a house with a 15,000 gallon in ground pool. Not knowing anything about pools until I stumbled on TFP, I was going to Leslies and following their advice. I was chlorinating with Trichlor in a floater. I went on vacation in June and had no one to care for the pool. I was told by Leslies to heavily shock while I was away to keep the chlorine level high enough to avoid algae growth. I followed Leslies advice and dumped 4 bags of their shock (Dichlor) in. Needless to say, my CYA level has gone from 40 to 100 over the past few months while following Leslies advice. I am going out of town for 2 weeks and don't want to make the same mistake. Should I use a floater with Trichlor while I'm gone or do I pour a large amount of liquid and hope it lasts until I'm home. If the chlorine is the way to go, is there an amount to put in for that 2 week period that will last. I live in Southern California so the weather is always a challenge. It could be 100 degrees or it could be 75 degrees. Thank you all for your assistance
    15,000 gallon in ground pool. Pentair 1 1/2 hp variable speed pump. Pentair 420 sq ft cartridge filter. Sandscape finish. Barracuda auto pool sweep.

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    Sep 2016
    Magnolia, TX

    Re: Chlorinating while on vacation

    You have to either use a stenner or liquidator.

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    Aug 2016
    Mid Missouri

    Re: Chlorinating while on vacation

    Seems like there should be a cheaper option than a $200 product.

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    Tucson, AZ

    Re: Chlorinating while on vacation

    Welcome to TFP!!!

    There is no way to maintain adequate FC levels for 2 weeks unattended unless you have a SWG or a stenner pump or a Liquidator or get a friend/family member to add bleach occasionally.

    Using more Trichlor is also going to raise the CYA, just like the shock did.
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