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    Broken Pump + Heading out of town

    My pool pump blew out today after I had to reset a circuit breaker. A google search on maintaining a pool with a broken pump led me to several posts on the TFP forums and I gather it is just a matter of maintaining levels as best you can while waiting for repair and manually circulating the water.

    However, I've got a few extra constraints:
    1. I'm out of town most of next week, all of the following week and most of the week after.
    2. I don't have any other pump to circulate the water.
    3. I don't own any test strips.

    My pool is about 15000 gallons and use(d) a SWG. I do have a tigershark pool vac but not sure how well it would help circulate.

    I had my water tested this morning before the fiasco and levels are:
    6 ppm free chlorine
    7.7 pH
    100 ppm Total Alkalinity
    285 ppm Calcium Harrdness
    45 ppm Stabilizer
    2600 ppm salt

    No CYA reading.

    Any suggestions on how to proceed?

    Thanks!

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    Re: Broken Pump + Heading out of town

    Do you have anyone who can help with the pool while you are away?
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    Re: Broken Pump + Heading out of town

    I am going to check with neighbors tomorrow but I think they are out of town too. Great luck!

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    Re: Broken Pump + Heading out of town

    There isn't really much you can do aside from getting someone arranged to install a new pump and someone to oversee it.

    Or have someone add liquid Chlorine (Bleach) while you are gone, and brush it a time or two per day. You just don't have many options.

    If it gets bad by the time you get back, let us know if you want some help with it.
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    Re: Broken Pump + Heading out of town

    Thanks all; will do what I can. Was hoping there was a magic trick up your sleeves

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    Re: Broken Pump + Heading out of town

    Unfortunately, we just have things that seem like magic to the un initiated. Sorry we don't have a great solution, but if the water isn't moving its a tough situation.
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