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Chlorine has a low pH level, and in order to maintain your pool water's clarity and balance, shocking weekly will allow you to quickly raise the chlorine level, which will rid the pool of contaminants, without lowering the water’s pH levels.
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.
Shock your pool when you open it for the season to kill algae that has developed in the Spring.
AFTER A PARTY OR HEAVY USE:
People carry bacteria and chlorine levels can drop drastically when there are many active swimmers using a pool.
AFTER EXTENDED PERIODS OF HOT, SUNNY WEATHER
Hot, sunny weather can cause temperatures to rise too high which can allow bacteria to grow while decreasing the strength of your chlorine.
AFTER HEAVY RAIN:
Heavy rains can flush contaminants into the pool as well as increase pH levels.
SMELL OF CHLORINE OR IRRITATED EYES:
We’ve all been in a pool and noticed the smell of chlorine or had our eyes turn red and irritated from the water. Most of us think that is because there is too much chlorine in the pool, but that isn’t accurate: It means there is a buildup of chloramines (combined chlorine) in the water. It’s a great indicator that is it time to shock your pool.
A clean pool at the end of the season always makes pool opening easier in the Spring.