How long should you wait to swim after shocking your pool?

Shocking your pool refers to a cleaning method where you add three to five times the normal amount of chlorine to your pool water.  This process raises the chlorine levels in your pool in a very short amount of time and works to rapidly kill any bacteria.  However, shocking your pool should only be done when absolutely necessary, such as after you’ve neglected your pool for a long time or after a storm.

However, many pool owners wonder how soon they can use their pool after shocking it.  Unfortunately, there is no general consensus regarding this question.  However, there are some factors that can help you determine when your pool is safe to use again.

The dirtier your pool is, the more work it will take to get it back to a sanitary level.  If your pool is relatively clean, you will not have to use as many chemicals to shock your pool.  However, if your pool is a veritable swamp, you’re going to have to add a large amount of cleaning product.  If you do not need to add too many chemicals, your pool might be ready to use within a few hours of adding in the chemicals.  Check the guidelines on the chemicals you are using to shock your pool.  Many times, they will give you an estimated wait time before you can use your pool.

As a general rule, you should test your pool water before attempting to swim.  If your free chlorine levels are holding steady and your water is not cloudy, then you should be able to swim safely.  If you are still unsure, then contact your local pool technician for assistance.

These are some of the guidelines that will help you determine whether your pool is safe to use.  Do you need assistance with keeping your pool clean and pristine?  Turn to the professionals at Clean & Clear Pools.  Located in Danville, California, we serve the Livermore, Pleasanton, Dublin, San Ramon, Alamo, and Danville communities.  Contact us to get started today.

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