Leaving Pool Unattended For Extended Period

by Robin

I am leaving for a two week vacation in May. I don't want to leave my salt pool running while I'm gone in case water level drops below skimmer.

Is there anything I can add to pool to keep it clean and clear for two weeks while not running? I live it south Mississippi, so it will be warm.

Thanks for the question Robin

Unfortunately there's no easy way to let your pool sit for an extended period of time, with the exception of winterizing it.

If you don't run the filter 8 - 10 hours per day, check the readings, and make the necessary adjustments, most likely the water will go green. The water needs to circulate and be filtered on a daily basis, especially during warm months.

You could shock the pool and use a PolyQuat 60 algaecide right before you leave but this would probably be good for only about 1 week. Circulation, filtration, and chemical adjustments are needed to keep the pool clear.

Do you have a friend or relative that could look after the pool? It isn't difficult at all, just be sure the filter runs and top off the water when needed. Once or twice a week is it. If you need immediate assistance (within 24 hrs) or for emergency personal assistance, you can make a donation of your choice and I'll answer your questions by phone.


Hope this helps and have a great Summer.


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Grime & Grease On Plastic Chairs

by Leo Sciarappa
(Venice, FL)

Others at the Condo Complex claim we should clean our plastic chairs by putting them in the swimming pool. I just think there must be too much grime, grease, and other stuff on them that can't be good for the pH.

Is it OK to clean them by putting them in the pool?

Thanks for the question Leo

There are three things that we use at the YMCA pool to clean our white plastic chairs:

Mr. Clean Magic Erasers

Diluted Clorox

Any good car soap

If you throw them in the pool I think all you'll have are wet chairs. If the chlorine level is kept between 1.5 - 3.5ppm, there's really not enough cleaning properties to properly get the chairs clean. It may kill the algae or bacteria, but you'll still need to actually scrub them down a little.

Don't use anything abrasive. It will scratch the surface and make the chairs more susceptible to mold and bacteria growth.

The only way I found to get grime or grease off chairs is to either either power wash them or give them a good scrubbing.

If they're sun faded you can go to Lowes or Home Depot and get some paint to brighten them up.

It might not hurt the chemicals to throw the chairs in the pool, but it won't help.

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Need Repairs To 30 ft. Above Ground Pool

by Heidi

My renters have used the wrong chemicals. For my above ground pool. Bleached. Out my liner and had wet leaves against the pool over a long period of time now rusted about 5 ft at bottom of pool wall . What can I do to fix this problem .?

Not even sure that side of the wall will hold up if kids are swimming.

Thanks for the question Heidi

When it comes to the structural integrity of above ground pools it's better to be safe than sorry. From what I can gather from the picture you sent it seems as if there is rust from the top to the bottom of the pool. Most above ground pools are built using one long sheet of metal or aluminum with support beams. It's not in sections.

When rust happens in places such as the skimmer it can normally be repaired. Rust eats away at metal and it then becomes thin and brittle. Without seeing the damage it's difficult to tell the extent of the rust. It may just be surface rust or it could have caused some structural damage that is irreversible.

My opinion would be to find a local and reputable pool dealer to come out and take a look at the pool. If it's determined that the pool is too far gone the alternatives are either get another pool or have this one removed. I would advise you to not allow anyone to swim in the pool until it can be properly looked at. Water weighs about 8 lbs. per gallon. If the pool is still full and it's about 10k gallons that means you're looking at possibly 80k + pounds of water gushing out all at once. That is a very unsafe situation. I would be very hesitant to try a quick fix or patch work job in this situation.

If you feel your situation is more complex than this, I do phone consultations for a donation of your choice. It makes things go much faster and many people have found it extremely beneficial, saving them time and money in the long run. All your questions will be answered. I have nothing to sell you so you know I'm not bias.

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