I live in Ontario, I have a mid size on-ground bromine pool that's currently closed for the winter. We are going away for a two week vacation the end of May, returning mid June. Unfortunately, I don't have anyone reliable to keep an eye on the pool while we are gone. The last time we went away, I left the only person that I though may be ok with explicit instructions on what to do and returned to find that she had forgotten chemicals for over a week and the strainer was clogged with leaves (pump was running very warm).
Since I'd rather return to a swamp then a burnt out motor, we've decided not to have anyone watch the pool. Originally I had planned on just leaving it closed until we returned, but now I'm thinking it's probably better to open it so that I can pump it full of chemicals before I leave.
What do you guys think? Open it now or leave it closed?
Here are some complications:
- I don't have a solar blanket, but I'm thinking it's probably best to go buy one if we are going to open before we leave
- I'm pretty sure there's a leak in the plumbing, it happens mostly when the pump is off. I couldn't find it last year and will look again this year.
- I can't leave the pump running because of the possibility of the strainer filling with leaves and clogging or the water dropping low, I don't want to risk burning it out.
Is there anything else I have to take into consideration? I'm going to ask said unreliable person to drop by and check on the house while we are gone, but ask her to just pop her head into the backyard to make sure there are no tragedies. I can't risk putting anymore responsibility then that on her.