I have a potential overseas deployment on the horizon that would go from July-July. I take care of the pool myself. I'm wondering what my options are so it can be worry free while I'm gone. We have a SWG, so maint is mostly scooping leaves, emptying scupper, and backflushing filter.
I think my options are:
1) Close pool mid-summer when I leave and use our saftey cover over pool. CONs are the water will be a mess after a year, but it'll eventually clear up right? Wife would need to keep an eye on the water level and sump pump occasionally (cover has mesh drains). Pluses are not worrying about our toddlers falling in while I'm gone, the equipment can't get messed up, no operating costs.
2) Train wife to run pool- I think there's a good chance she could mess it up, either by forgetting to empty stainer and starving pump, or letting chemicals go wacky. But maybe not. Would still need to hire pros to close and open pool
3) Hire a professional to maintain pool while I'm gone.