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Is Shocking a pool necessary?

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Asked by: Kevin Bawi

Every pool is different, and pools don’t need to be shocked, unless they need to be shocked – to remove bacteria, algae, chloramines or other contaminants, or to help clear cloudy pool water or some other water problem.

What happens if you don’t shock pool?

Try to reach the breakpoint every time you shock your pool. Not hitting the breakpoint can result in even more chloramines in your pool, and if the chloramine levels continue to rise unchecked, you may eventually have to partially or even fully replace your water to fix the issue.

Do you have to shock your pool?

Shocking your pool regularly will help to keep the water clean and free of contaminants. You should aim to shock your pool about once a week, with the additional shock after heavy use. Some tell-tale signs that your pool needs to be shocked are cloudy, foamy, green, or odourous water.

Is shock the same as chlorine?

Shock is chlorine, in a high dose, meant to shock your pool and raise the chlorine level quickly. Chlorine tabs (placed in a chlorinator, floater, or skimmer basket) maintain a chlorine residual in the water. You do need to use both tabs and shock.

Do you run your pump when you shock your pool?

Running your pool filter and pump after shocking is an essential step in keeping your pool looking great. The pump and filter need to be run for two reasons: Circulate and distribute the pool shock. Clean and filter the pool’s water.

What can I use instead of pool shock?

Common unscented household bleach (sodium hypochlorite) works well to shock a pool.

What time of day should I shock my pool?

evening

Sun Down – You’ll want to shock your pool in the evening when the sun has gone down. This gives your pool plenty of time during the night to free the chlorine and clean the water. In the morning, you should be able to enjoy your pool. If you shock your pool during the day, the sun’s UV rays will dissolve the chlorine.

Should I brush pool before shocking?

Before you start pouring shock in the pool, the first step is to brush the sides and floor of your pool to loosen all the algae. Doing this breaks the skin and allows the pool shock to more easily kill the algae. Once you’ve done this, it is important to make sure you have the proper pH level in your water.

How soon after I shock my pool Can I vacuum it?

24 hours

Vacuuming After Shocking



However, after shocking the pool, you shouldn’t vacuum for at least 24 hours. Running the water pump during this period will allow the shock to do its job.

What happens if you swim in a shocked pool?

If you enter the pool immediately following a chlorine pool shock treatment, you are risking as little as skin and eye irritation and as much as fatality.

How long does pool shock take to work?

Now it’s time to wait a while.



Keep your pump and filter running. Give the shock a good 12 to 24 hours to work it’s magic. If the algae hasn’t cleared up after 24-48 hours, clean and brush the pool and add another shock treatment.

Why did my pool turn green after I shocked it?

Pools can immediately turn green after shocking when they have metals like copper in the water. These metals oxidise when exposed to high levels of chlorine which makes the pool water turn green. Adding a metal control product such as Zodiac Metal Remover will help to restore the pool water.

Why does a pool turn green overnight?

Pool water turns green because of algae in the water. Algae can grow rapidly, particularly when it’s warm like Summer, which is why it can surprise you overnight. This generally comes down to an imbalance or lack of chlorine in the water.

Will baking soda clear a green pool?

Baking Soda and Green, Blue, or Yellow Algae



You’ll need to use an algaecide to kill the algae and superchlorinate your pool to clear the water. After this treatment, test your pH and alkalinity and add baking soda to raise alkalinity to at least 100 ppm and pH to between 7.2 and 7.8.

Can I pour bleach in my pool?

The solution to maintaining a clear pool is to use readily available liquid bleach as your chlorine source. Chlorine bleach, as discussed above, is not bound to a stabilizer, so when you add chlorine bleach to the pool, it will go right to work killing microbes and sanitizing.

Can you use Clorox instead of chlorine in a pool?

It is important to know what exactly bleach is before you put it in your pool. Household bleach, Clorox and liquid chlorine can all be used to sanitize a pool. They are all types of chlorine. Household bleaches such as Clorox usually contain about 5-6% available chlorine, about half that of pool liquid chlorine.

How do I make my pool water crystal clear?

In theory, if you have a cloudy swimming pool, you can add chlorine to “shock it” and clear things up. Chlorine will get the job done. But, the amounts may vary and you may have to really pound the pool with chlorine to get the water totally clear.

How do I make my pool water sparkle?

Five easy steps to a sparkling clean pool

  1. Circulate the water. Pool chemicals need to be evenly distributed if they are going to work most effectively. …
  2. Clean the filter. The filter is one of your pool’s most important components. …
  3. Brush and vacuum. …
  4. Test the water. …
  5. Use the right products.


How do I keep my pool water blue?

Pool Tips: How to Keep Your Pool Blue Year Round

  1. Tips to Keep Your Pool Blue All Year. …
  2. Maintain Proper Chlorine Levels. …
  3. Keep Water Flowing with a Filtration System. …
  4. Skim Pool Surface Regularly. …
  5. Chlorine Shocks and Algaecide.


Does baking soda make pool water clear?

Baking soda can work wonders in a pool. Baking soda can: Help to clear cloudy water and restore the sparkle. Spot-treat algae.

Can you swim in cloudy pool water?

For the most part, yes. It can be unattractive and it should be addressed, but it is mostly safe to swim in cloudy water. The only exception would be if the pool is cloudy because there are too many chemicals in it. This pool water would be unsafe to swim in and should be avoided.

How do you fix a cloudy pool fast?

Today i'll be using c-clear's natural clarifier. And they recommend putting one ounce per 10 000 gallons directly in the water.

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