Shocking your pool is inarguably one of the easiest ways to get rid of toxic contaminants like algae and bacteria. The more you use your pool, the more frequently you need to practice shocking. 

Sanitizing your pool means keeping common swimming illnesses away, and there isn’t a better way to achieve a healthy swimming environment than by shock-treating your pool regularly. Most often, professional residential pool cleaning services entail efficient shocking treatments that will ensure your pool is clean and safe.

To understand the ins and outs of liquid pool shock treatments, continue reading as we reveal both pros and cons.

What Is a Liquid Pool Shock?

The term liquid shock refers to sodium hypochlorite, more popularly known as bleach or liquid chlorine. It is a typical pool-cleaning product used to add chlorine to pool water. 

The chemical potency of chlorine spans from 5% chlorine, which is your typical household bleach, and up to 10–12.5% commercial-grade chlorine, used specifically for cleaning residential pools and catering to other industrial requirements. 

As this shows, regular bleach can’t be used in your pool. Household bleach contains scents and colorings which can cause great damage to your pool – both the water and the pool’s structure. 

The Pros of Liquid Pool Shocks

Liquid Pool Shocks

There are several pros of liquid pool shocking on your pool. Here are the most common ones:

  • Chlorine is readily available and easy to use.
  • It’s a rapid-acting liquid substance that needs no dissolving.
  • It disperses through the pool fast.
  • It does not leave a residue.
  • It does not increase the calcium hardness of the pool water.
  • It doesn’t increase cyanuric acid levels.

As you can tell, liquid bleach will do a great job of keeping your pool water clean and safe without disrupting the chemical balance. Unlike other cleaning agents, chlorine is easy to use and affordable – you won’t have to stretch your budget on high-end alternatives that will ultimately deliver the same effect.

The Cons of Liquid Pool Shocks

Apart from the pros, liquid pool shocking can have disadvantages, too. These include the following:

  • Only specialized stores carry liquid shock treatments.
  • Limited shelf-life of a maximum of 4-6 weeks.
  • Light exposure shortens the efficacy and lifespan.
  • When in contact with clothes, it will take the color out and leave stains.

As you can see, there aren’t as many cons as there are pros, and they all refer to the same properties of other pool-shocking treatments. Compared to the benefits, the disadvantages of using liquid pool shocks are minimal. 

One of the major drawbacks of commercial-grade liquid shocks is that the product is difficult to come by. 

Due to the strong chemical properties, only pool distributors can carry and sell the product. Moreover, it can’t be purchased online. 

Weber Pools: Affordable and Reliable Residential Pool Cleaning Services

Whether you are looking to clean out the debris and all sorts of pollutants in your pool or are in need of a professional pool remodeling service, Weber Pools is your go-to residential pool cleaning service provider with decades of experience.

If you want to make the most of your pool water, our Puripool services deliver eco-friendly and sustainable approaches to pool water. We hold all the necessary licenses and permits, so you can rest assured your pool is handled by accredited professionals. 

Get in touch and let us know how we can help you!