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    Can I shut off my pump for a week without a problem

    Would it be Ok to turn off my pump for a week if I'm going on vacation. Pool will be fully covered so no contaminants can get to the water. Current pool chemistry is:

    pH = 7.5
    FC = 3
    CC = 0
    TA = 90
    CH = 320
    CA = 40
    B = 45
    Temp = 70F
    Water looks crystal clear

    I was going to lower my pH a little, because plaster is 6 months old and pH does rise a tenth or so every few days. I was also going to boost my FC to around 5 or 6.

    I'm thinking this will be just fine, but I thought I'd better be safe than sorry and check with the experts.

    Thanks
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    Re: Can I shut off my pump for a week without a problem

    You may be gettin' kinda chancey with the water that warm and no circulation. Considered a timer?
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    Re: Can I shut off my pump for a week without a problem

    How come you want to shut it off? Why not run it while you are gone?
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    Re: Can I shut off my pump for a week without a problem

    I'm just not real confident with the condition of my plumbing and my old pump motor.
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    Re: Can I shut off my pump for a week without a problem

    You should raise the FC up to shock level (FC of 16ppm) before you cover the pool. Circulate it for at least an hour before you turn the pump off.
    It would be better to have the pump on a little bit each day just to circulate (even 1-2 hours).

    Even with these precautions, you may return to some green and need to go through the shock process.
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    Re: Can I shut off my pump for a week without a problem

    Understand. Maybe I'll spend my time before vacation fixing the plumbing problems, etc. Thanks for your guidance.
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