When we imagine our swimming pools, we see the most crystal-clear, blue water possible. We think of jumping into perfectly still water on a hot day to get a quick cool down and we almost never picture our water with contaminants, debris or algae. Unfortunately, the truth about swimming pool maintenance is that if you don't carefully monitor the chemicals of your pool, murky, algae-infested water is a distinct possibility; and sometimes, even when we are careful to test our pool water, algae blooms can still get out of control. So here is where pool shock becomes handy.
The basic idea behind swimming pool shock is to add a large amount of sanitizer (usually chlorine, although non-chlorine shock is available) at one time to quickly and efficiently kill algae and other organic contaminants. Moreover, pool shock can help to prevent future algae and bacterial growths. Still, properly shocking your pool with the appropriate pool shock is important as it is often unsafe to swim immediately after adding pool shock to your swimming pool.
There are different kinds of pool shock available, the type that's right for your pool depends on your choice of water sanitizing systems. And regardless of the type of pool shock you need, it's always important to read and follow the manufacturer's instructions carefully. For example, some pool shock can be added safely to your pool skimmer while other kinds of super pool shock cannot.
There main varieties of pool shock include:
Probably the most common pool shock is chlorine-based; everybody is familiar with the chlorine smell and burning eyes at the local public pool. But recently, non-chlorine and lithium based shocks are becoming more popular. Non-chlorine pool shocks are a great alternative when you want to eliminate the odor associated with pool chlorine. Both kinds of shock will obviously break down organic waste and prevent cloudy water.
Lithium shock is actually a chlorine based shock that contains Lithium Hypochlorite instead of Calcium Hypochlorite. It dissolves more quickly and doesn't change the calcium hardness of the pool.
Again, carefully read your manufacturer's instructions and then choose the pool shock treatment that is best for you. And if you have any questions, please call our knowledgeable pool experts at PoolProducts.com at (800) 983-7655.