Running Pool Pump After Shocking the Water

Running Pool Pump After Shocking the Water

The ideal pool pump speed after shocking your pool is 2 to 3 times the turnover rate of your pool. This will help to circulate the water and distribute the shock evenly throughout the pool.

To calculate your pool’s turnover rate, divide the pool’s volume by the pump’s flow rate. For example, if your pool is 10,000 gallons and your pump has a flow rate of 500 gallons per hour, your turnover rate is 20 hours. This means that the pump should run for 20 hours to completely circulate the water in the pool.

After shocking your pool, it is important to run the pump for at least 8 hours to circulate the shock and help to break it down. You should also test the water frequently to make sure that the chlorine levels are safe.

Here are some additional tips for shocking your pool:

  • Test the water before shocking. Make sure that the pH level is between 7.2 and 7.8 and the alkalinity level is between 80 and 120ppm.
  • Add the shock according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Run the pump for at least 8 hours.
  • Test the water frequently to make sure that the chlorine levels are safe.
  • Enjoy your clean and safe pool!

Here are some common mistakes to avoid when shocking your pool:

  • Not testing the water before shocking. This can lead to over-shocking the pool, which can damage the pool equipment and make the water unsafe to swim in.
  • Not adding enough shock. This can lead to algae growth and other problems.
  • Not running the pump for long enough. This can prevent the shock from circulating throughout the pool and breaking down properly.
  • Not testing the water frequently. This can lead to the chlorine levels getting too high, which can irritate your skin and eyes.

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