I’m Going on Vacation. What Should I Do with My Pool?
July 17, 2015
As a pool owner, taking steps to ensure that your pool is taken care of while you’re on vacation is something you need to consider. And while pool maintenance while you’re away isn’t a very big deal, there are some best practices that should be followed to ensure that your pool is ready for you when you get home. Here are some tips on how to take care of your pool when you are on vacation.
- First, check the water level an ensure that the water is at or slightly above adequate levels.
- Shock it. Shocking the water means adding higher levels of chlorine or other chemical agents that can raise chlorine in a short amount of time.
- Ensure that the skimmer baskets, filter, and pump are clean and free from debris before you leave. If your system has a backwash option, now would be the time to do it.
- Remove your solar blanket, and keep it off while you’re gone.
- Keep the filter system on while you are away. Ideally, you want the filter system to run several hours per day. An automatic timer makes this very easy. Set it to ensure the pool filter runs around 8 hours per day. It is common for owners to run the filter 24/7. However, this is not necessary to keep the pool healthy.
- To prevent algae growth, continuous sanitization is essential. Before you leave, ensure the chlorinator is functioning and has plenty of chlorine in it.
Safety is incredibly important when you are leaving your pool unattended. Make sure you have the proper safeguards in place to prevent an accident. This includes using a safety cover and removing the solar cover to prevent small pets or children from getting trapped, should they accidentally fall in.
Have a friend or neighbor “pool-sit,” if possible. This can be of help with day-to-day upkeep. They also will be able to keep an eye on water levels, the skimmer basket, and any other problem that could occur. It also adds peace of mind to know that your pool is being taken care of while you are away.
Any pool owner that will likely be gone more than a month should think about closing (winterizing) the pool. You might also consider hiring a local pool company to look after the pool while you are gone.
In short: Safety first, keep the water level high enough, remove debris from the filter/skimmer before you leave, remove the solar cover, shock the water, run the filter, and enjoy your vacation.