Keeping your pool clean and water crystal clear while you’re away this season isn’t nearly as difficult as you may think. No one wants to come home from an enjoyable vacation to a problematic pool. Here are our tips from the pool maintenance experts at The Pool Doctor of Rhode Island for how to maintain a pool while you’re enjoying a much deserved vacation.


Check Your Water Before Departure

Checking your water and making sure that the water chemistry is balanced will go a long way in correcting and preventing any issues before you take off. You can do this yourself or bring a water sample in to have it checked professionally.

BONUS TIP: You may want to consider super chlorinating your pool before you go if you don’t have a friend or neighbor who will be able to look after it for you. Many experts recommend doubling the amount of pool shock than you typically would use and to run your filter for at least a couple of hours. But be sure to test the waters when you return to ensure that the chlorine levels aren’t still too high!


Cover Your pool

This may seem like a no brainer, but a surprising number of Rhode Island pool owners who regularly perform pool and spa maintenance fail to cover their pools prior to leaving on vacation. Not only will covering your pool keep debris and dirt out of your water, but it’ll block the sun’s UV rays, which expedite algae and bacteria growth.

BONUS TIP: If you have a winter cover, use it when away on vacation.


Invest in a Timer

Our final tip for how to maintain a pool is to invest in a pool timer. A pool timer is an absolute must-have as it will allow you to run your filter automatically for any desired amount of time on any day without you needing to physically be present to press the “on” or “off” switch.

BONUS TIP: If possible, invest in a timer that will allow you to split up run times to keep you pool waters as clean as possible.



The Pool Doctor of Rhode Island is the leading full-service pool and spa company in Rhode Island. Their business had its beginnings in 1987 when co-owner Ron Leclerc began selling pool supplies out of the back of his Camaro. In 2001, Ron and his wife Debbie opened their 7,000 square foot facility in Coventry. This extensive and beautiful showroom is the result of years of hard work and represents a long-standing tradition of excellence and commitment to giving Rhode Islanders the best pool and spa service, advice, and products.  

From installing vinyl liner inground swimming pools to selling gorgeous Dimension One hot tubs to offering free water-testing and professional service in their store, The Pool Doctor of Rhode Island is your place for everything pool and spa. They are a proud BioGuard Platinum Dealer and also offer a huge selection of other brands of swimming pool and hot tub supplies, including Loop-Loc Pool Safety Covers, above ground pools, and Hayward equipment. But, more than anything, The Pool Doctor of Rhode Island strives to give their customers a wonderful experience from beginning to end.

Visit The Pool Doctor of Rhode Island at 2200 Nooseneck Hill Road in Coventry or at or give them a call at (401) 392-1300. They serve all of Rhode Island, including Coventry, West Greenwich, East Greenwich, North Kingstown, South Kingstown, Exeter, Richmond, and Hopkinton.