Wondering how to vacation treat your pool? You’re in the right place!
You love your pool, and spending time in your backyard retreat is where summer memories are made. Yet, like many Americans, you are finding yourself traveling this summer.
You may be wondering what to do about your pool. You certainly don’t want to come home to a swimming pool filled with algae and covered in leaves and debris.
Well, you’ve come to the right place. We’re going to show you five steps to vacation treat your swimming pool so you can come home and dive right in!
#1: Top Off Your Pool
Because it’s summer, and it’s hot, your pool is bound to lose a little water while you’re gone due to evaporation.
So, add a little more water than usual to prevent issues with evaporation. What could go wrong? You might end up with circulation issues.
#2: Balance and Shock Your Pool
The next thing you want to do a few days before leaving is test your water. You can do it on your own, or you can bring us a sample, and we’ll test it for you for free.
Once you learn what your pool needs, you can balance your water chemistry and add pool shock. This helps ensure you have a clean pool when you return home.
After balancing and shocking, you can add some algaecide to better protect your pool.
#3: Backwash Your Pool
This depends on the type of swimming pool filter you use.
Either way, you can backwash your sand or your DE filter. Or you can clean your filter cartridge.
Taking care of your filter makes sure your filter is running as well as it can while you’re gone.
Don’t forget to empty your pump and skimmer baskets.
#4: Run Your Pool Filter
You also want to set a timer to run your swimming pool’s filter system for at least 12 hours a day when you’re on vacation.
If you don’t have one, a pool pump timer can help with this.
In addition, if you don’t have a timer or want to be extra careful, you can run your filter system 24 hours per day. This keeps your water and chemicals moving and circulating.
#5: Cover Your Pool
First, you can cover your swimming pool while you’re on vacation to keep leaves and debris out.
Second, you can add a safety cover to keep out unwanted visitors in the way of neighborhood kids and animals.
In addition, make sure your pool is gated, and your fence is locked. This protects people and pets who might “wander” into your pool while you’re gone.
If you’re going to be gone for an extended period of time, we can help.
Schedule a service call with us, and we can come and visit and check your swimming pool. This is best for those of you who are gone more than seven to 10 days.
Finally, have a wonderful time on your vacation!