Away for 10 days

jpmgomes

New member
May 9, 2017
3
Portugal
Hello!

Going away for 10 days. What should I do to prevent any trouble in my pool?

Put the pumb working for several hours by Day? Increase FC a lot?


Tks in advance!
 

Texas Splash

Mod Squad
TFP Expert
LifeTime Supporter
Welcome! :wave: Your pool info is not in your signature, so without knowing much about your pool, I would start with the folllowing:
1. Program pump to run a little each day to circulate water, mix chemicals, and/or push surface debrs to the skimmer
2. Have a friend or neighbor check your skimmer to make sure it's not full/plugged
3. How do you chlorinate? Liquid chlorine (bleach) or salt water generator? If bleach, have someone add some each day if possible
4. Some people will place a chlorine "floater" in the pool with a few tablets to maintain chlorine

Tell us more about your pool and we may have more suggestions.
 

jpmgomes

New member
May 9, 2017
3
Portugal
Hi texas!

Tks for the reply. Updated my signature.

I 'll try to have someone to add a cup or two of chlorine each day and program the pump to run every day.

My main issue is the level of the water to decrease and damage the pump. Guess I will have to ask for more favors to someone...
 

jblizzle

Mod Squad
TFP Expert
LifeTime Supporter
May 19, 2010
43,260
Tucson, AZ
What is the strength of your chlorine? 1-2 cups may not be sufficient to replace the 2-4ppm of FC loss each day.
 

skimmerswimmer

Well-known member
Jul 30, 2013
335
Long Island, NY
Depending on what your CYA level is, you can bring your FC up to shock level before you leave. For people who do not have automated chlorine injection/production systems, you can also place a floating chlorine dispenser in the pool containing a few tabs to help maintain the FC level while you are away.

I recently left on a 7 day vacation but I have a stenner pump to add the required chlorine 3 times per day to maintain my FC levels. I also run my pump from 8 AM to 8 PM every day. Since my CYA was 50, my target FC is about 6 ppm, but I brought it up to 10 ppm before I left just to be safe. I also had a family member who could check the water level and add some if it got too low. You might want to ask a neighbor to check on your pool once or twice and add water if it is needed. They could also add some chlorine for you to ensure your FC levels don't drop too low.
 

Geebot

Well-known member
Aug 19, 2013
895
We usually just put in pucks when we leave town but for our recent 2-week vacation we just hired a pool guy to come in twice to make sure everything was running smoothly.