What chemicals do you put in a pool for the first time?
Chemicals Checklist: Everything You Need to Open Your Pool
- A good test kit or test strips for checking your pool’s pH, calcium hardness, total alkalinity, and chlorine levels.
- Chlorine granules or tablets.
- Shock treatment.
- Increaser/decreaser chemicals for alkalinity, calcium, and pH.
- Stain treatment.
Should I shock my pool when I first fill it up?
At first you’ll add chlorine in what’s called “shock” levels – an extra heavy dose to start your pool off. A shock dose coupled with extra circulation will ensure that all the water gets treated properly in the beginning.
Do I use shock or algaecide first?
While shocking and adding algaecide is effective in getting rid of algae, it should not be done together. This is because when you mix chlorine and algaecide together, it renders both of them useless. Hence, you should first shock the pool and wait for the chlorine levels to fall below 5 PPM.
Do you need to shock a small pool?
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.
Is shock and chlorine the same thing?
1) What is the difference between chlorine and shock? 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.
How often should pool be shocked?
It’s often recommended to shock your pool once a week. If you don’t do it every week, you should at least do it every other week. This is necessary to maintain your pool’s water chemistry. If you have a lot of people over in your pool or have a party, you may want to shock your pool more frequently.
What is the cheapest way to shock a pool?
Calcium Hypochlorite: Also referred to as cal hypo, this chemical is one of the least costly and most convenient ways to shock your pool. It’s usually sold in granular form.
What time of day is best to shock a pool?
BEST TIME OF DAY TO SHOCK? After you have cleaned the pool of all debris it is best to shock in the evening because the sun’s UV rays will dissolve the chlorine too quickly before it has a chance to attach and oxidize.
How much chlorine do I need to shock a 10000 gallon pool?
12.5% Liquid Chlorine Pool Shock – Normal Dosage: 1 gallon of shock per 10,000 gallons of water. Shock Dosage: 2 gallons of shock per 10,000 gallons of water.
Can I use bleach to shock my pool?
To make things harder, pool stores also have shorter hours in the fall. This makes it more inconvenient to buy pool chlorine from them if you work the same hours they do. Luckily, since bleach can be used in the pool, you can use bleach to bring your pool water to shock level before closing it for the winter.
Can you put too much bleach in a pool?
And how do you fix it? Of course, too much chlorine in pool water can be dangerous. Exposure to over-chlorination can provoke asthma, lung irritation, and potentially skin and eye irritation. As well as being potentially bad for you, it’s bad for your pool.
How long after putting bleach in Pool Can you swim?
Generally you will want to wait at least 4 hours, but ideal is waiting for one complete turnover of the water (the time it takes all the water to go through the filter).
How long does shock last in pool?
We typically recommend using a calcium hypochlorite (cal hypo) shock when super chlorinating a pool. Just keep in mind that this type of pool shock has a small amount of calcium and will cloud the water for up to 12-24 hours in certain situations.
Should I backwash after shocking pool?
Backwash only as needed. Brush the pool vigorously, several times after shocking the pool. Do not use a solar blanket until chlorine and pH level are normal. If chlorine level drops to zero within 24 hours, Repeat the shock treatment.
What do you do after you shock your pool?
Answer: After shocking the pool, it will need filtration and circulation. Run the pump as much as possible. Keep the filter clean (daily) until the water runs clear. Be sure to brush the pool often during this process as above-ground pools do not have drains at the bottom.
Can you shock a pool two days in a row?
It’s pretty tough to over-shock your pool; shocking your pool two days in a row with the proper dosage for your pool volume shouldn’t be a problem – and in fact, is sometimes even needed to rid your pool of algae and other contaminants.
What happens if I put too much chlorine in my pool?
Having too much chlorine in your pool water can be dangerous. Exposure to high levels of chlorine can cause lung irritation, skin and eye damage, and provoke asthma. High chlorine levels decrease the pH of your pool’s water, making it more acidic.