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    What to do when pump has to be off for a few days?

    Got the pool open last weekend, and this week getting the heater installed. Electrician has to spread work over two days, not back to back, and the pump will be without power during that time.

    What can I do to make sure the water stays okay without filtering for those few days?

    Too cold to swim anyways, but want to make sure...
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    Re: What to do when pump has to be off for a few days?

    Quote Originally Posted by tbkurtz View Post
    Got the pool open last weekend, and this week getting the heater installed. Electrician has to spread work over two days, not back to back, and the pump will be without power during that time.

    What can I do to make sure the water stays okay without filtering for those few days?

    Too cold to swim anyways, but want to make sure...
    It's most important that you maintain the chemistry of the pool.

    Next you'll need a way to circulate the water. You can rent a submersible pump, and use that to keep the water moving, or thoroughly brush the pool a couple of times each day, especially after adding any chemicals.
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    Re: What to do when pump has to be off for a few days?

    I would also raise FC to shock level for your CYA, FC/CYA Chart
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    Re: What to do when pump has to be off for a few days?

    If you have a sump pump you can put in to circulate the water and chems do that, if not brushing well after daily chlorine adds should do the trick to mix the chlorine and keep the water sanitized. Filtering is largely about water clarity while chlorine is largely about sanitation. You can get away with out filtering much longer than you can without sanitation.
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    Re: What to do when pump has to be off for a few days?

    Buy a cheapo Intex cartridge system and just hang the hoses into the pool. You might have to prime it since it's designed for above ground pools, but once you get it running, just keep it on 24x7.
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    Re: What to do when pump has to be off for a few days?

    What is the water temp? If it's around 50 probably nothing will happen,
    but you could dump in a gallon of bleach in the deep end, spread around
    the perimeter then brush the pool to stir it around.
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    Re: What to do when pump has to be off for a few days?

    Quote Originally Posted by borjis View Post
    What is the water temp? If it's around 50 probably nothing will happen,
    but you could dump in a gallon of bleach in the deep end, spread around
    the perimeter then brush the pool to stir it around.
    As of typing this, its 57.6 degrees. Nice sunny day, it got up to 60.5 yesterday in the sun. I'd say averaging low 50's.

    As of last night, FC was 7.5, CC was 0 - CYA is 60. Was planning measuring FC again tonight and added some bleach.

    I don't think I want to buy a piece of equipment, so if the consensus is that keeping it sanitized, and spreading chemicals by brushing, will do the trick for a cold pool for a couple of days - that's probably what I do.

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    Re: What to do when pump has to be off for a few days?

    Yeah your pool will be fine for 2 days with your FC at 7.5 and the pool temp of 60 degrees.
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    Re: What to do when pump has to be off for a few days?

    Ya that should be fine. Sounds like you know what to do to keep the FC level proper.
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