I'm new and going to shock my pool for the first time this weekend...I've used my Taylor K-2006 and taken the readings, used the FC/CYA chart for the correct FC level for shocking with the CYA I have, lowered the pH to 7.4 and used the Pool Calculator to determine that I need to raise the FC to 24 to shock my pool correctly and read in Pool School and some postings on shocking the pool including to shock the pool just as the sun goes down.....with that in mind, after I shock the pool and let it get back down to a FC of 7 for my CYA of 60 in my pool, my questions are two fold.
First, The posts I've read are somewhat confusing to me, therefore this question. How often should I really need to shock the pool, knowing that I need to take into consideration rain fall which we have more than our share in Florida, and no one really uses my pool very often, if even at all. The pool store says weekly, but I know that isn't the correct answer........
Secondly, I have my grandchildren coming early this summer to visit, and they are all under 7 years old....I'm concerened that a FC of 7 that I should keep with my CYA reading might be too high for them based on their tender skin at their ages. So since I can't get the CYA down to get a corresponding lower optium FC reading, is it OK, to just lower the FC down while they are here, then shock the pool and then target to get the FC back up to the 7 level after they leave?.....not for sure what I should do
I would appreciate any insights that anyone with experiences in the above two areas might have that would be of help...this website has been a life saver for me since my pool guy did me a big favor and walked off the job, I never realized how much he was taking advantage of me until I began to try to learn how to do my pool myself.......many thanks, John