Keeping swimming pool water clean requires almost daily maintenance. However, there are times when you will not be home to give your pool the maintenance it requires. If you are going to be away from your pool for more than a week, there are a few steps you can take to ensure that you will not come home to dirty water. If you are going to be gone for longer than one week, you may want to look into hiring pool maintenance service.
Use test strips to test the level of chemicals in your pool the day you plan to leave for vacation. Add enough chemicals to your pool that all levels will be a little on the high end. They will lower back down to normal over a few days.
Purchase either a liquid or powder shocker. After testing your water, read the manufacturer's directions to find out how much shock you should add to your water.
Ask a friend or neighbor to come over and clean your pool every couple of days. If you do not have someone to help, make sure to clean your pool well and place a cover on it. Turn off the skimmer.