Broken pump - can I still shock?

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Broken pump - can I still shock?

Postby steve4 » Mon 25 May, 2009 16:33

Hi - just opened the pool today in Maryland - somewhat green water as expected.

anyway, the pump is broken - and it's going to be a couple of days before we can get someone out to fix it. In the meantime, can we still shock the pool - or should we just wait a few days for the repair?

We have a 14,000 gallon in ground pool with vinal liner - sand filter - non salt water.

sorry if this is a newb question - the is my second year with the pool, and I searched the forums and couldn't find the answer.


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Broken pump - can I still shock?

Postby chem geek » Mon 25 May, 2009 22:51

If the water isn't getting any worse, I'd wait a few days and shock when the pump is back online. If you shock without circulation, you'd have to manually stir up the water to ensure that the chlorine didn't settle in one place which isn't good for a vinyl pool. If you had a plaster pool (which you don't), then this isn't as much of an issue.

Read Defeating Algae to learn how to clear your pool and take inspiration from this link that shows a pool getting cleared using chlorine (bleach, in this case) alone.

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