Every homeowner surely wants a piece of paradise in their home. This should be the answer to why there are a growing number of homeowners who are setting up a swimming or recreational pool in their backyard to serve as a haven. After a tiring day at work, you definitely want some relaxation in your pool, but suddenly, you noticed that the pool’s water is cloudy or milky. As you try to withdraw something from your memory bank, the only thing you got is the scenario wherein you recently shocked your pool.
Shocking, also known as super chlorination, is a term used by pool owners and cleaners when describing a process in which the quantity of free chlorine in your pool is raised to ten or more times the amount of chloramine level in the water. That elevation is known to be the “breakpoint chlorination”, where a great quantity of free chlorine oxidizes the organic matter in its way.
Why is there a Need for Shocking?
Pool stores and experts are highly recommending pool owners to shock their pool at least once a week to replenish the quantity of free chlorine that exists in their beloved swimming pool. In addition, shocking is essential when the first sign of contamination shows in your pool. The culprits of this contamination include algae and certain debris. As stated earlier, the shocking process oxidizes all organic matter and these include unwanted algae and debris on their list. As a result, shocking will normally lead to clean and clear water.
Consider shocking as a way of disinfecting your swimming pool. The more contaminated your swimming pool is, the higher your chlorine level in every shock treatment should be. Usually, raising the chlorine level to 10 up to 25 parts per million is sufficient enough to clear your swimming pool from “unwanted guests”. So you will ask, if the purpose of shocking is to clear and clean the water, why does it result to milky or cloudy pool water after shocking? The answer lies below:
Cause of Cloudiness after Shocking
Before pointing your finger on the shocking process for turning your clear swimming pool into a cloudy one, you should know beforehand that it is not the raising of chlorine that causes the problem. Actually, the clouding of water is a result of the dead matter, maybe debris or algae, which is left behind during the breakpoint chlorination. The residues or deposits of this dead matter are the main culprit of making the water look cloudy or milky.
You should also consider other reasons such as environmental factors that can contribute to the murkiness of your pool’s water such as dirt, dusts, bird droppings, branches, leaves, and pollen. When your pool is located near trees, flowers, or the main road, these factors should be in your consideration list. These pollutants, especially the leaves and bird droppings will definitely help the bacteria buildup in your pool and sometimes alter the chemical balance that exists. In order to eliminate them, shocking is the best recommended solution as it can kill the root of the problem by oxidizing.
How to Effectively Eliminate Cloudiness
Cloudy pool water after shocking is an indication that the film of dying or dead algae, debris, and other organic matter is present. This film is also known as biofilm, and it can only be completely killed through additional shocking. Raising the chlorine level for the second time will totally eliminate all residues that are left behind. Once these biofilms are killed, you will notice that your pool’s water will start to become clear again. As a backup, when you are still dissatisfied with the clarity and you suspect that biofilms are not completely gone, you can add a clarifier to the water. The clarifier will work to bind with particulate matter so that all the residues can be filtered out.
Be warned that the whole process will not take a matter of minutes, so do not complain immediately once you are done following the aforementioned steps in removing the cloudiness of your pool water. Time is another key point in cleaning your pool. Give the whole process sufficient time and you will surely see a very satisfying result – a clearer swimming pool.