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    Vacation and Chemicals

    We are leaving for our vacation and will be gone a week- several questions and concerns that I need help with.

    It has rained over 5 inches in 3 days here in East Tn...haven't seen the sun, but hopefully it will be back soon. Pool has been maintained and water level is perfect, all chemicals are correct, etc. I plan on vacuuming the pool really good before we leave and shocking the night before. My main question is can we leave our solar cover on the pool for the 9 days that we are gone? I don't want to come home to a green mess I will have a neighbor coming to check on the pool each day and add bleach as needed- or every other day?

    I am just not 100% sure about the cover...I think leaving the cover on would be helpful since we have had a lot of rain and that causes lots of leaves/sticks to fall into the pool...at least it would collect on the cover and we could clean off when we get home from vacation.

    1. Is Shocking before we leave a good idea?
    2. add maintenance bleach every day or other day?
    3.Leave solar cover on for 9 days?


    Forecast for the week we will be gone is low 80's and MORE RAIN! ugh!
    Any advice is greatly appreciated
    Thanks
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    Re: Vacation and Chemicals

    A cover will reduce the chlorine lost to sunlight. Then again, if it rains a bunch, it could push the cover in.

    Here's some threads that will give you some things to think about: Search
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    Re: Vacation and Chemicals

    Ok..read some of the links..thanks..
    Do you think the cover being left on is a bad idea..or just leave it off...?
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    Re: Vacation and Chemicals

    Quote Originally Posted by bearclaw20
    Ok..read some of the links..thanks..
    Do you think the cover being left on is a bad idea..or just leave it off...?
    I don't get a lot of leaves or rain in my pool so I can't offer an informed opinion on that.
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    Re: Vacation and Chemicals

    I leave my cover on. Cuts down on chlorine burnoff and cuts down on the evaporation.
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