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    going on vacation

    Hi Everybody,

    We will be out of town for a week, and I am not sure how to keep the pool in shape.

    Here are my thoughts:

    1. Add a lot of chlorine before we leave.

    My pool looses about 2ppm a day which is replaced by about 2 Liters of bleach each day. Makes 14 ppm or 28 liters of bleach, and will bring the
    initial level up to 19ppm before I leave. (usual level between 4-6ppm for CYA of 50) Is that too much? It shouldn't be since that is basically shock level so it shouldn't hurt anything. But is it that simple? Or is there anything else to think of?

    Should I put the solar cover on as an extra precaution so the chlorine doesn't go down as fast or will that just heat up the pool too much in this weather?

    Should I invest in one of these things that regulate your water level so it doesn't get too low?

    We have a chlorinator for tabs; should I do that for week? I never used it so I guess I would have to play with the settings for a while to get a hang of it?

    Any suggestions?

    Thank you
    27000 gallon
    sand filter Hayward Pro Series S244T
    pump Hayward 1.5 HP SER. 2011CH
    gas heater Hayward H 350 FBN

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    Re: going on vacation

    Any or all of those will work. Bring it up to shock level, cover it. For a week that ought to be fine. Cover ought to keep water level up, right?
    23,000 gallon in ground pool with rock waterfall and spillover spa, Aqualink control system, Polaris 380 cleaner, Purex Triton Clean&Clear Plus cartridge filter. Located in The Woodlands, Texas.

    Pool owner since Nov 2008, Trouble Free since April 2009. Happy to help when I can.

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    Dumfries & Galloway, Scotland

    Re: going on vacation

    Shock would be good, plus cover, and you could also top up your pool to a higher level to compensate for water loss, if you loose a lot of water may be good idea to only pump from sump for the week

    Stuart Murray
    Scotland UK

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    Re: going on vacation

    If you have a neighbor or family member who can check on it once or twice during the week, that always makes me feel better too. If you bump up the chlorine, have your cover on, and make sure the water is topped off a little above normal everything should be fine.

    When I worry is when we get storms that come through. I like to make sure there is someone I can trust to check the skimmer and vacuum the stuff off of the main drain if it is needed so I know my pump will survive my absense.
    Indiana, ABG 24'x52" Galveston by Blue Cascade (Craigslist $600 w/part of deck included), 13,500 gallons, Intex SWG, solar panel

    My backyard is like a park... Why then does DH always want to go camping??? I just don't understand.

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