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    Vacation prep??

    Just got my pool up a two weeks ago and the BBB method is going great. I'll be going away for 9 days.... What should I do about the pool? Is there a pre-vacation treatment that I should apply to reduce problems?

    12X24 AG (7700 gal)
    sand filter
    pH 7.5
    TA 80
    FC 3-4
    CYA 40
    12X24 Oval
    sand filter

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    TizMe's Avatar
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    Aug 2007
    Covington, Georgia

    Re: Vacation prep??

    There are two possibilities you can do that I have seen discussed here ...

    1) Ask someone (neighbor or friend) to watch the pool and add chemicals as needed while you are away.

    2)If you have a pool cover, you can raise your FC to shock level or a little bit higher right before you leave,put the cover on and hope for the best. Since you know how to care for your pool, if you do get and algae bloom while your away you can get it back under control in no time.
    Don't have a pool right now. Just sharing what I have learned over the years!
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    Pool School,Pool Calculator,Cl/CYA Shock Chart,TF Test Kit
    Doing BBB and loving it!

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    Jan 2009
    Cupertino, CA

    Re: Vacation prep??

    3) Put two 3" trichlor pucks in a floater. In my pool they last > 1 week. For occasional vacation use the extra CYA isn't worth worrying about.

    If you go with #1, I wouldn't put them through a test training routine (unless they also own a pool), just tell them add this many cups of bleach every day (or every other day, or whatever).
    BBB "Intermediate Swimmer"
    IG plaster pool 18.5K gal, Hayward Pro-Grid DE filter, 3/4 HP Hydramax II; Polaris 380, 3/4 HP booster
    AG spa 325 gal, probably Sundance of some kind
    Water testing instructions on one page

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    May 2007
    SWSuburban Chicago, IL

    Re: Vacation prep??

    I've done as Tiz suggested.

    Three annual 9,10, and 11 days. Each time I shocked, and covered. Left pump running. Came home each time to a FC residual. The cover is what makes the difference, this last June I only lost 50% of my FC in 10 days - the dark blue cover reall cuts down on uv loss.
    Helpful links: Pool School; CYA/Chlorine Chart
    24' round AG pool, 52" high, Raypak heater; Waterway 2 spd Pump;
    150 Sq ft. Clearwater Cartridge Filter; Former and DISSATISFIED "Pool Frog" owner
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