How to Keep Your Pool Maintained While on Vacation  

by Pool Builders on 11-11-2011 in Articles

If you are going out of town, don't forget about the pool! There are certain steps you need to take to keep your pool maintained while you are on vacation.

If your water level is low, then the filter will not be able to operate properly. Remember to fill your pool before you leave, even more than you normally would. If your water level is not correct, then your skimmer cannot properly remove debris from the pool's surface, and that upsets the entire pool balance. If you don't already have one, consider getting a pool timer that monitors water level.

Shock the pool before you leave. Also, make sure the chlorinator is full and completely operational. If the pool is not properly sanitized, you could have an algae growth problem while you are out of town. Use algaecide on your pool before you head out and make sure your pH is properly adjusted.

Use a pool alarm, cover, or fence. This will prevent pets from falling in and keep other unwanted visitors that know you are out of town away. If you have a backyard gate, make sure it is locked, not just for other security reasons, but to keep people and animals out of your yard. Even if they go in to your pool without your permission, there have been cases where the owner has been found liable for injuries. It would be dangerous for neighborhood kids to swim in your pool unsupervised. A pool cover can deter these visitors. Also, installing a pool alarm would keep them out.

Ask for someone's help. If you are asking someone to house or pet sit, ask them to take care of your pool, too. Even though there are things you can do before you leave, the water level still needs to be maintained along with the rest of your maintenance routine. If you are unable to find anyone to do this, schedule a pool service professional to visit your pool while you are gone.

Make sure all of your equipment is working before you leave. If your pool cleaner [] or other device is not working, it could upset the whole sanitization process and can be a pain to deal with over the phone while you are supposed to be relaxing.

Vacations are a time to spend relaxing without having to worry about what is happening with your pool. Make sure everything is taking care of so that you get the most out of your vacation.

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