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Thread: Is 'shocking' adding a high amt of bleach?

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    Piedmont, Oklahoma

    Is 'shocking' adding a high amt of bleach?

    I will be a bbb converter after this weekend
    I apologize for even asking this ( I have read the bbb forum over and over) but, if I get and keep my chlorine (from general liquid bleach) at the recommended level, then do I ever "shock" the pool?? If so, then.....
    When "shocking" what do I use? I think I would just dose up the chlorine higher than the normal amount on the pool calculator, or do I buy an item from pool store labeled "shock"?

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    SW Indiana

    Re: Is 'shocking' adding a high amt of bleach?

    Welcome to TFP!

    Shocking is raising your chlorine to a prescribed level and holding it there constantly until whatever problem created the need to shock is gone. You can raise the chlorine level by whatever method you choose. If you maintain good levels normally, it's not common to need to shock the pool.

    Check out pool-school/shocking_your_pool
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    Re: Is 'shocking' adding a high amt of bleach?

    You only need to shock when you have a problem. Otherwise, just enjoy your pool!
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    Re: Is 'shocking' adding a high amt of bleach?


    Shock level is a point where you're killing off the lgae considerably faster than it can reproduce.
    What level that is, is determined by the CYA (stabilizer) level.[/center:3ok4srsg]
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    SW Ohio

    Re: Is 'shocking' adding a high amt of bleach?

    2 years running with the BBB method and never shocked the pool, but I am diligent with my testing same time every evening my wife knows where to find me.....pool side with my trusty test kit.......Mike
    18x52 intex ultra frame pool 6981 gallons, 1 HP LL pump with 19 in sand filter,BBB method,borax 50ppm
    leslies DPD test kit + fas-dpd chlorine test kit + borates test strips
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    Re: Is 'shocking' adding a high amt of bleach?

    No question is a dumb question! Glad you asked....
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    Southern PA

    Re: Is 'shocking' adding a high amt of bleach?

    Glad you posted this because I was getting ready to basically ask the same question!
    Thanks Tanya
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