I thought I had everything pretty much under control. Finally got the pool chemistry balanced, wrote detailed instructions for the kind people checking on our pool ... and now suddenly the pump has a leak (not huge, but still) and I'm not sure what to do anymore. Pool repair folks are closed until Monday morning, and we leave about 1pm Monday and will be gone about 10 days.
It's a 22,000 gallon, in-ground, chlorine-sanitized pool with a sand pump. Haven't yet unrolled the solar cover, but it looks cracked and dirty where I can see it (maybe it's nicer underneath -- it's on a roller). The leak is more than a drip but not a stream. Doesn't seem to be draining the pool too much, but I haven't had it on much either.
I'd planned on having the pool-sitters turn the pump on/off for 24 hours stretches (they're visiting once/day), clean the skimmer and add chlorine -- but now I'm afraid to run the pump for more than a few hours. (I know, we need a timer, but don't have one yet.) Don't want to return to a green pool, but also don't want the leak to turn into a geyser and water to go below the skimmer line. I'm undecided about whether to use the solar cover, since I've heard that they might increase algae growth ... but then again, they'll decrease chlorine loss.
WWYD? (What Would You Do?)