Shocking a pool, also known as super chlorination, is the process of adding a large dose of chlorine to the pool to kill any bacteria or algae that may be present in the water. The frequency of shocking a pool can vary depending on a number of factors, such as the number of swimmers using the pool, the weather conditions, and the overall water quality.
It is recommended to shock the pool at least once a week, or more frequently if the pool is heavily used, or if there are sudden changes in weather or water conditions. Additionally, it is a good idea to shock the pool after heavy rain, if there has been a high level of bathers or if you notice a change in the water clarity or smell.
It’s important to follow the manufacturer’s instructions for the type of shock treatment you are using and to test the water after a shock to ensure that the chlorine level is safe for swimming, usually between 1-3 ppm. It’s also important to note that shocking the pool should not be a substitute for regular maintenance, such as regular testing and adjusting of the water chemistry, cleaning the pool, and vacuuming the bottom.