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Thread: vacation: leaving pump running, turn off skimmer?

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    vacation: leaving pump running, turn off skimmer?

    I've been using BBB with great success for three years.

    Going on vacation, don't want to inconvenience anyone to check my skimmer basket every other day.

    If I just turned the skimmer suction off, leaving only the main drain suction, would that be ok?

    My concern is an overloaded skimmer basket while I'm gone for 7 days. Chlorine will be fine....bumping it up to 20, then putting three 8 oz trichlor tabs in the in line chlorinator.
    8,000 gallon, in ground, fiberglass pool with a cartridge filter.

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    Re: vacation: leaving pump running, turn off skimmer?

    When I go on vacation, I leave all the valves in the same position as I do when I'm here, including the skimmers. I've done it this way several times with no problems.

    Do you typically get large amounts of debris in your skimmers this time of year?
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    Re: vacation: leaving pump running, turn off skimmer?

    Yeah, I was just thinking that....

    the trees have stopped spewing stuff into the pool like a few weeks ago....

    I suppose a few small dead frogs in the skimmer won't make much difference.
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