This shouldn’t come as a shock to you, but shocking your pool is an important part of maintaining a beautiful (and safe!) pool. Organic pollutants and bacteria can build up in your pool and resist normal chlorination. To break these up, it’s important to raise the chlorine level quickly by shocking your pool.
How often should I shock my pool?
Shocking your pool should be a regular part of your pool maintenance. But how regular depends on how heavy the pool use is.
You may also want to shock:
- After exceptionally heavy use.
- After a heavy rain or a windstorm that blows debris into the pool.
- After a water change.
The best way to tell is by checking your water weekly. Basically, the amount of free chlorine should be equal with the total chlorine to make sure that you have enough chlorine present to eliminate the contaminants in your pool.
How do I shock my pool?
- Always use gloves and protective eye wear.
- Add 1 pound of shock a 5 gallon bucket of water about 3/4 full.
- Always add shock to water not water to shock.
- Wear clothes you don’t care about – they might get bleached.
- Warm water dissolves shock faster than cold.
- DO NOT add shock directly to your skimmer!
- Use a wooden stick and slowly stir in the shock making sure it dissolves completely, or as much as possible.
- Slowly pour the bucket of pre-dissolved shock around your pool. You may have some undissolved shock at the bottom of your bucket. In this case, just dip your bucket in some pool water give it a slow swish around and pour it back into the pool to help dissolve some of that shock.
- DO NOT mix all the bags together in one bucket.
- Always shock at dusk or night time. The chlorine works better when it’s not being burned off by the sun.
- Shock should also be added every week to ensure a clean and algae-free pool.