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Thread: No pump for a week - mess or not?

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    No pump for a week - mess or not?

    Problem: My pump developed a pressure side leak which drained the water below the skimmers over about 2 days. Probably the bearing seal, again... My bigger problem is I'm leaving town for a week and have no time to fix it. The water is currently clean and well balanced - thanks to this site! The water temp is in the mid to lower 80s.

    Question: If I superchlorinate now, close my autocover (no sun), and leave the pump off for a full week; am I likely to come back to a green pool or not?

    18' x 36' 25K gallon, Vinyl, Pentair Variable Speed IntelliFlo pump, Hayward S244T 300lb sand filter, Hayward 250IDL heater, Polaris cleaner with booster pump, Coverstar Autocover, Taylor test kit.

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    May 2007
    South Carolina

    Re: No pump for a week - mess or not?

    Welcome to the forum

    Using the superchlorinate function on the SWG will not add enough FC to reach shock level.

    If you know how much FC your pool uses daily, you could add enough to compensate for the week.

    I suggest you use plain bleach/liquid chlorine and raise to shock level based on the CYA, using the Chlorine/CYA Chart.
    If you do that, I think your pool will be okay, i.e. no mess. This is assuming that all test #'s are good and nothing is lurking.

    You will need some way to mix it all well before covering.
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    Re: No pump for a week - mess or not?

    I came back from vacation 2 nights ago and found out I have a leak in my booster pump as well. After raising chlorine using bleach to shock level and my pump out of commission until my new motor and seals are delivered, I placed a sump pump at the deep end and had the hose throwing water back in the pool at the shallow end creating some mixing at least.
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