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How Often Should you Shock your Pool

There are some pool owners who have the same question, and that is when or how often should I shock my pool. The answer is simple, you should shock your pool whenever your pool gets dirty. If your pool is filling up with algae and other bacteria’s, your pool water will turn different colors, such as green, black or even turn cloudy. There are different treatments to undergo when trying to successfully clean your swimming pool. By shocking your pool, you are getting rid of all the bacteria and possible algae growth. Treatment comes with a price, the more you shock your pool the longer you have to wait to actually swim in it.

What does Pool Shock do?

Pool shock is sold two different ways, there is a pool shock that contains chlorine and one that does not contain chlorine. Both are cleaning agents to help your swimming pool. The most commonly used pool shock is the one that contains chlorine. The reason your pool gets dirty is because the chlorine balance is uneven and there are not enough chlorine chemicals to fight of the bacteria or contaminants. If you keep your chlorine chemicals balanced in the pool you’re more likely to not need to shock your pool. Shocking your pool is only needed when your swimming pool gets dirty and you can see the swimming pool changing colors.

There are different types of chlorine in your swimming pool, and that can be a difficult thing to understand. There is free chlorine and total chlorine. Free chlorine is the chlorine that you test for when you’re checking the balance of the chemicals in your swimming pool. It is the chlorine that hasn’t attacked any bacteria or algae that could be invading your swimming pool. The total chlorine is the chlorine that has already attacked contaminants in your swimming pool to destroy them. There has to be a balance of these two chemicals, so your swimming doesn’t become dirty.

Types of Pool Shock

When you shock your pool you should understand what the right type of pool shock you should be putting into your pool. There is a chlorine pool shock, which helps you raise your chlorine levels, that way it can fight off bacteria properly. The chlorine pool shock also has a time limit on it, so you will not be able to go swimming for 8 hours or more. You have to wait until the chlorine is completely dissolved to start swimming again.

The non-chlorine pool shock is good for when you want to shock your pool, but only to create total chlorine and not new chlorine. There is no chlorine in this type of pool shock, that is why it won’t completely get rid of the contaminants, but it will clean your pool for the time being. This pool shock also doesn’t have a long wait time. On the packet it should say to wait about 15-20 minutes before you can start swimming again.

How to Shock your Pool

Why Should you Shock your Pool

When you add chlorine to your swimming pool it helps to fight off the bacteria in your swimming pool. After that process is finished, it’s time to add pool shock to your swimming poo. The pool shocking process helps clear out any of the left over bacteria and chloramines, which are created once the chlorine treatment is completed. This is why it is so important to properly balance all of the chemicals in your swimming pool. With unbalanced chemicals, bacteria forms and the process to fight the bacteria becomes longer and more of a hassle. You have to go through several steps to get your swimming pool back to its original state of clean water. That is another reason why it is important to keep up with your swimming pool maintenance.

What types of Shock you can use

There are three different types of pool shock chemicals you can you to treat your swimming pool. Each one is used differently or to a different degree.

Calcium Hypochlorite is the most commonly used pool shock, you have to mix it into a five gallon bucket of water before pouring it into your swimming pool. This pool shock dissolves quite slowly, so you’ll have to wait eight hours before swimming in your pool again; therefore, we recommend pouring the shock into your swimming pool the night before.

Lithium Hypochlorite is commonly used in areas with high calcium in your swimming pool water. This shock doesn’t include calcium and uses 35% chlorine. You don’t have to pre-dissolve this pool shock, but you’ll need to wait eight hours until you go swimming again.

Grandular Chlorine is a pool shock that contains 60% chlorine that you can put straight into the water. You’ll again have to wait eight hours before swimming, which is why adding it at night is the most effective. There is cyanuric acid in this type of pool shock, which means it is protecting the chlorine from the sun.

How to shock your pool

When shocking your swimming pool you’ll want to follow directions carefully. You should always have gloves and eye protection when dealing with chemicals. Do not forget to always add shock to water and not water to shock. Depending on which shock treatment you get, you might have to wait for the shock treatment to dissolve and others you can add to your swimming pool. It is a good idea to always shock your pool at night time. Shock treatment should be added to your pool every week along with weekly maintenance checks on chemical balance to ensure an algae free pool.