I care for my own pool quite well, but am at a loss when we go away for vacation. Last year we paid someone to water some plants and empty the skimmer and pump strainers. On her last visit the morning we returned, she neglected to tighten the strainer cover. The pump lost prime, overheated and it cost me $190 to have repaired.
So, another vacation is scheduled this May and I am considering just shutting off the pump, super-duper shock the pool with many gallons of bleach and just deal with whatever happens.
I do not want a contract with a pool service provider, and that's what they want.
So what do you folks do over vacation as far as caring for your pool?