I bought a house in November with an inground pool and opened it up last week. Details in my sig. This is my first experience maintaining a pool, but the forum here has been a great help. It's finally clean, clear, and on the way to being a swimmable pool (still a bit cold ~ 65 F).
I need to go away for the weekend. Just two and half days.
How should I leave the pool? Shock, cover, set the pump on a timer to run X hours per day? We're getting a lot of leaves and maple "helicopters", so I'm worried about the skimmer getting clogged. It was pretty clogged up after the storm last night. I do have separate lines with shutoff valves for the skimmer and the bottom drain. Should I close the skimmer valve and let the pump draw just from the bottom drain? Can I just leave the pump off while I'm gone?