Can shock damage/discolor a gunite pool?

May 5, 2008
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Quick question,
Can adding shock by sprinkling or broadcasting the granules on the surface of the water permanently damage or discolor a pool? The granules settled to the bottom of the pool and turned it a brownish color. After about 4 hours of direct sunlight it was significantly lighter but still marked. I imagine that over the next few days the spot will go away and the pool will be ok.
We are now mixing the shock with water BEFORE adding it to the pool.

Thanks for all the replies.
 

JasonLion

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#2
Welcome to TFP!

Yes, powdered/granular shock products can damage the pool surface if the powder/granules do not completely dissolve before reaching the bottom. However, this normally only happens after repeated applications over a period of time. Rapidly appearing brown stains are not the usual effect. I am not sure what is happening in your situation.

It is always best to pre-dissolve such products (but not calcium increaser) before adding to the pool.
 

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Calcium chloride and calcium chloride dihydrate get hot when they dissolve in water, occasionally very hot. If you put a lot in a bucket and add water there is some chance of burning yourself or melting the bucket. You can simply distribute them across the surface of the pool and the large volume of the pool will distribute the heat enough that it is insignificant.