Building a swimming pool in your backyard can be one of the most rewarding investments you ever make. Having a round the clock opportunity to dip in a tank brimming with crystal clear water is nothing short of living in a dreamland. Imagine coming back home after a stressful day at work and jumping into the inviting water of your in-home oasis, wouldn't that be a delightful treat? Indeed, it would be! But the oh-so-good benefits of having a bay of water at home come at a cost, aside from the monetary one. And that is a rigorous maintenance regime that you must put into practice in order to make your swimming pool safe for all your aquatic adventures. If you don't maintain your pool well, you might as well give up on your fantasies of soaking in cooling pool water because without proper cleaning and grooming; it will not be hygienic enough for you to take a dip.
Now you must be thinking that you pour chlorine in your pool quite frequently, doesn't that count as something? Well, yes and no! Periodic chlorination is essential for a pool's health, but it can only do so much. That is, it can't completely clear a pool of contaminants and other organic compounds. For fastidious cleaning, you need to go big; that's where pool shocking comes into the picture.
Pool shocking is when a hearty quantity of an oxidizing agent, chlorine, is added to the water. Unlike regular chlorination, shocking uses massive amounts of the compound in a single round of the procedure, hence the name shocking.
Chlorine, Pool and Shocking
A swimming pool typically has two types of chlorine; free available chlorine (FAC) and combined available chlorine (CAC).
FAC constitutes those molecules that are free to roam about in the water and kill all the unruly pathogens. But CAC accounts for those chlorine molecules that react and bond with the organic contaminants in water, becoming ineffective for disinfection. When you chlorinate your pool, most molecules end up reacting with the present organic waste, essentially not cleaning the water. Therefore, to increase the count of FAC atoms in water, you need to shock your pool so that after the organic contaminants' need for chlorine is met, the rest of the chlorine can sanitize the pool.
Pool shocking is an essential pool maintenance practice that must be carried out every week, ideally, but also when the pool has faced unusual circumstances, such as heavy rainfall, a pool party, or winterization (shutting down of a pool during the chilly weather).
When you shock your pool weekly, it stays healthy and free of disease-causing microbes, algae blooms, and other organic contaminants.
Chlorine is the best sanitizer for a swimming pool; therefore, it is commonly used for disinfecting and shocking. However, there are non-chlorine alternatives available in the market that some people use as they find the smell of chlorine a bit much to stomach.
The Ending Note
If you have a pool or plan to build one, be sure to have an elaborate cleaning plan (that includes daily upkeep and weekly shocking) in place; otherwise, you'll miss out on all the fun.