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    going on vacation for 10 days what do I do about my pool?

    Okay guess so I just got my pool open and it looks great however I will be going on vacation the end of May for 10 days and I am concerned about leaving my pool. Last year I was on Baquagoo and didn't really do much, but this is my first season leaving with the BBB method. All my numbers are perfect my questions are as follows---

    we leave are pump on 24/7 so should I check my levels the night before I leave, shock and cover with our solar cover? I have some one coming to check water levels, but I don't have anyone who knows anything about chemicals?

    I do have some Pool Life solid tablets should I put those in skimmer before I leave and just leave uncovered?

    Help, I am so worried and don't really want to hire our local pool store to monitor the pool.
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    Re: going on vacation for 10 days what do I do about my pool?

    10 days is kinda of a while. If it were 3 or 4 days, I would say shock it and cover it. But since it is 10 days, I would put some tablets in a floater and leave it uncovered. Anyone else agree or disagree?
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    Re: going on vacation for 10 days what do I do about my pool?

    I agree, 10 days is really a long time for shock-and-cover.

    It's hard to tell from their website but I'm guessing the Pool Life tabs are trichlor. In that case, they are ideal for vacations, preferably in a floating dispenser. Putting them in the skimmer is a poor second choice, although as long as the pump is on 24/7 it should be okay.
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    Re: going on vacation for 10 days what do I do about my pool?

    Have you figured out your usual Chlorine consumption yet? If so, couldn't you just ask a neighbor to come over and pour in a jug on day 5 or something? Anyone who might want to ensure an invitation to come swimming on some scorching day in August will do.
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    Re: going on vacation for 10 days what do I do about my pool?

    The best choice is to get someone to come over and help take care of the pool while you are gone. If that is impossible, put in a trichlor floater set to it's lowest/slowest setting and cover the pool.
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    Re: going on vacation for 10 days what do I do about my pool?

    I've done 9 day vacations, shocked and covered and come back to FC above my "min". I think if you add the floater too you'll be fine.
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    Re: going on vacation for 10 days what do I do about my pool?

    Quote Originally Posted by frustratedpoolmom
    I've done 9 day vacations, shocked and covered and come back to FC above my "min". I think if you add the floater too you'll be fine.
    Yeah, but you have that uber-dark cover. Most people have the light blue.
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    Re: going on vacation for 10 days what do I do about my pool?

    Actually i didn't get that one till last year, when my trip was only 7 days. The 2 prior years I took 11 day and 9 day trips respectively and it was with the cheapy 6 ml light blue cover. The 11 day trip I had a friend add bleach on day 7 and the 9 day trip in 2008 I added none and came back to FC of 4.
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