Working on the third summer with my pool and have used the TFPC method since day one. Never had to slam the pool, never closed it being in Texas, and last summer maybe I had to add a couple of gallons of bleach total. My PH does creep up due to the spillway from the spa, the Salt Water Chlorine Generator, and being a still fairly new Plaster pool, though even that has stabilized this spring.
I have no one to take care of my pool while I'm gone, and I trust no pool service. My plan is to do the following and hope for the best:
1. Add water to the top of the pool so evaporation doesn't lower the amount to where the water line is below the skimmers.
2. I am putting a plug in my overflow line since I raised my water level to the top of the pool. My pool is situated where if it overflowed it would go down to my yard anyway.
3. My pool stays real steady with FC at 3.0. I plan on dumping a bunch of bleach in before I go to get the FC to 15 or so just in case the Generator fails.
4. Plan on lowering my PH to 6.7. It will probably be at 8.2 to 8.4 when I get back. Not ideal on both ends but should be fine for a short period of time.
5. Plan on turning off my Polaris 280. I am not getting any more leaves or debris in the pool and the last thing I want is one of those hoses to pop off or have it climb up on my sundek. Only happened once but if it happened once it could happen again.
I have a security camera system so I can look at the pool every couple of days and turn everything off if need be.
Am I nuts? Is there anything else you think I could do to minimize my risk?