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Thread: Pool Will Be Unattended for 19 Days

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    Join Date
    Aug 2009
    Bloomington, IL

    Pool Will Be Unattended for 19 Days

    My pool will be unattended for 19 days in September. I live in Central Illinois.

    What should I do with the pool while Im gone?

    1. Should I bring it up to shock level the day before I leave and let the circulation system run as usual? It is on a timer. It would run about 7 hours per day. I have an opaque, automatic cover. So I would probably lose at most 1 ppm of chlorine per day.

    2. Should I bring it up to shock level the day before I leave, then shut off the circulation system and let it sit for 19 days? If so, should I drain and clean my DE filter after I shut the circulation system off? Again, the opaque, automatic cover would ensure that I lose at most 1 ppm per day.

    3. Other suggestions?

    After I return I would get everything up to snuff and then close the pool down for the season.
    27,000 gallons
    DE filter
    BBB Method
    Taylor K-2006C Test Kit
    Opaque automatic cover.
    Pool usually covered unless there are swimmers.

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    Mod Squad Bama Rambler's Avatar
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    Jun 2009
    SouthWest Alabama

    Re: Pool Will Be Unattended for 19 Days

    I'd raise it to shock level and cover it. Let the pump run normally.

    It would be nice if you could have a friend or neighbor go buy once a week and check things and add a little FC.
    Dave J. TFP Moderator
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    UnderWaterVanya's Avatar
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    Jun 2012
    Mint Hill, NC

    Re: Pool Will Be Unattended for 19 Days

    Do you have a puck feeder? You could do both - raise it to shock and set the puck feeder on a very low flow to add just a touch of FC each day. Your CYA levels will rise but you can deal with that when you are back.
    Inlaws Pool Boy since June 14th 2012, Pool built ~ 2003, In-Ground, 16'x32'
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