Opening Pool and COVID-19

gmike09

Bronze Supporter
Aug 10, 2016
60
Atlanta, Ga
The weather here in GA is starting to consistently be above 60 degrees, and I am thinking about opening the pool soon to prevent a major algae outbreak. Typically when opening the pool, I remove the pool cover, balance the pool, then shock the pool using the SLAM process. Being that liquid bleach is extremely hard to get in mass quantities due to the coronavirus, would it be a problem with continuously running the pool SWG to reach shock levels? Would you recommend shocking with powered chlorine (calcium hypochlorite not dichlo/trichlo)? What are some things to look out for if shocking with powered pool shock (calcium hypochlorite)?

Thanks!
 

mknauss

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May 3, 2014
37,031
Laughlin, NV
Pool Size
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Surface
Fiberglass
Chlorine
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SWG Type
Pentair Intellichlor IC-40
Run a test of your pool water and see what can be added.

There are general reports that liquid chlorine seems to be available. It is household bleach that is not.
 

Leebo

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LifeTime Supporter
Jul 21, 2011
10,468
Eastern Ohio
Pool Size
25000
Surface
Vinyl
Chlorine
Liquid Chlorine
The main issue with running the SWG is often they’re not powerful enough to deliver that high of chlorine level. If however you start with a high dose and use the SWG to help maintain you’ll be fine. As Marty said, it all starts with test results to see what your options are.

You may also find some tips in this article,
 

YippeeSkippy

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Jan 17, 2012
15,945
Evans, Georgia
You need to get on that opening. My pool water in Augusta is already 72 degrees, and we try to advise folks to open before the water is 60 degrees. This way any tweaking needed to your water can be done before it warms up so much that algae wakes up.

Look in the back of Walmart for liquid chlorine in the pool section. Folks looking for bleach often don't think to look there.

Maddie :flower:
 

JeaniB

Gold Supporter
May 30, 2019
161
Midwest
Pool Size
14680
Surface
Vinyl
Chlorine
Salt Water Generator
I found plenty of 12.5% “ liquid pool shock” at Menards, $3.87Gal! Plenty to boost until I start my SWG.
 
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