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    How long should shocking take?

    Hello all,

    I have been shocking my hot tub for days, but I can't the bacteria down below the recommended level. How long should shocking the hot tub take? I am getting fed up and am on the verge of dumping the water and just filling it back up again.

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    Re: How long should shocking take?

    I would just dump it if I thought it was Bacteria. How do you know that you have a Bio Population like that?
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    Re: How long should shocking take?

    Quote Originally Posted by Patrick_B View Post
    I would just dump it if I thought it was Bacteria. How do you know that you have a Bio Population like that?
    Sorry meant Combined Chloramines (CC). I am using the TFTestKit and I am measuring 2 -3 X 0.5 ppm. The count hasn't dropped for days. It isn't BIO Population.

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    Re: How long should shocking take?

    I second the draining, then using Ahhhhsome to cleanse the system, then starting afresh. Once you're out-of-whack on a hot tub, draining makes more sense than shocking. Pools are different due to volume and comparatively lower water temp, plus being open as opposed to closed.
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    Re: How long should shocking take?

    Oh, OK, I was just curious about that.
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    Re: How long should shocking take?

    Have you been using Monopersulfate shock at all? It reads falsely as CC. http://www.taylortechnologies.com/Ch...P?ContentID=33
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    Re: How long should shocking take?

    Quote Originally Posted by Swampwoman View Post
    I second the draining, then using Ahhhhsome to cleanse the system, then starting afresh. Once you're out-of-whack on a hot tub, draining makes more sense than shocking. Pools are different due to volume and comparatively lower water temp, plus being open as opposed to closed.
    OK - just picked up some Ahh-Some. Reading the instructions tells me that I drop a table spoon into the filled hot tub, let it filter for 20-30 mins, then drain it, clean it and re-fill it. Your instructions suggest otherwise. Can someone help me rationalize the difference? Thanks.

    Does someone have instructions

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    Quote Originally Posted by Richard320 View Post
    Have you been using Monopersulfate shock at all? It reads falsely as CC. http://www.taylortechnologies.com/Ch...P?ContentID=33
    No I strictly use "Chlorinating Concentrate" which has Sodium dichloro to build up the CYA and then straight chlorine from a pool store to keep the chlorine levels up.

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    Re: How long should shocking take?

    Swampwoman said to drain, then refill and use the Ahhh-some, then drain and refill again. Pretty much what the instructions say except for the preliminary drain to remove what you can first.

    It is a hot tub, I would drain anytime there is a problem. Not sure how to further rationalize $5 in water to drain
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    Re: How long should shocking take?

    Quote Originally Posted by jblizzle View Post
    It is a hot tub, I would drain anytime there is a problem. Not sure how to further rationalize $5 in water to drain
    Yeah - this is exactly what I have been trying to avoid. I don't care about the money - it's the 300 gallons I want to avoid wasting.

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    Re: How long should shocking take?

    Water your plants.

    Generally hot tubs need to be drained on a regular basis anyway.
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