I am a pool novice and I would like to ask for your advice. We will be away for four weeks in summer and our pool is leaking ~0.25in a day (bucket test), we won't be able to address this issues before we are gone. I have read a couple of threads in the forum but we have the additional leaking problem. I thought about the following options:
1. Have a pool service come by every week. The problem is that they might not have enough time to fill up the water properly (when we did this last year with a non-leaking pool, the water was below the skimmer level when we came back, luckily the pump survived). Currently (depending on rain), we need to refill roughly every other day. We might have a friend coming by but I don't want to ask her to come by more than once a week. Can we run the pool only off the main drain (i.e., close the skimmer valves) while we are gone to avoid issues with the pump?
2. Shock the pool before we leave and let it go green. How many days will it take before we can use it again (and start addressing the leak problem)?
Are there any other solutions?