With the hustle and bustle of our daily lives, sometimes it’s nice to get away from it all for a few days. When we do manage to pull ourselves away, we expect that vacation to be relaxing and stress free, right? No one should that spend time worrying about their pool or worse yet, coming home to a green pool! So follow these easy tips and don’t let pool anxiety ruin your vacation!
Before You Leave
… ensure your pool is free of visible algae and debris. Skim and vacuum any leaves etc as necessary then empty your skimmer and pump baskets. You want to leave with a well-balanced pool with chlorine, pH and alkalinity in their ideal ranges. Test at home or bring in a sample for a free analysis in store prior to your departure. Next, shock the pool and double up on your pool’s recommended weekly maintenance dosage of Backup 2 (algaecide).
Leave your pool uncovered so it can breathe. Leaving a pool covered for an extended amount of time can throw off your pool’s pH and alkalinity. Set your pump’s timer to run for a minimum of 10-12 hours per day. It’s a lot more reliable than asking a friend or neighbor to come over and turn the pump on and off. If you don’t have a timer, consider running your pump 24 hours a day until you return. The pump can handle it and your water will likely look better with the additional circulation/filtration. Don’t have a timer? Consider getting one!
If you have a chlorinator, fill it up. If you don’t have a chlorinator and your pump is running less than 24 hours a day, we recommend using Smart Sticks directly in your skimmer. Smart Sticks are designed to form a protective skin over the stick once the water flowing over them stops (when the pump isn’t running) so that the stick doesn’t dissolve as quickly as a traditional chlorine stick or tablet. Add one Smart Stick weekly for every 5,000-7,000 gallons of water. If you are running your pump 24/7, use standard sticks or tablets, and as they dissolve more rapidly, plan on recruiting the help of a friend to refill as needed! If you have a saltwater pool, ensure your salt levels are in the proper operating range for your model (generally 2900-3400 ppm). Also, ensure you have no error messages on your salt system’s control panel.
Hire a Sitter
Enlist the help of someone you trust to check on the pool periodically. More often than not, they’ll do it free of charge if they can use the pool while you’re away. It’s advised to have your “pool-sitter” empty your skimmer and pump baskets, and even backwash if you have a sand filter. Give them our phone number (989-792-5351) for any questions or concerns that may arise. Worst case scenario, our service crew is available* to assist as needed.
By following these steps before your trip, you can better enjoy your time away from home without the worry of returning to a green pool. Just remember, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of chlorine!
*service fee applies- based on scheduling availability