Pool Treatment – How Long Do I Have to Wait to Swim?
It’s time for a pool treatment but no one wants to do it because you’ll have to be out of the pool. It’s best to get it out of the way before things get bad or otherwise you’re going to have quite a time. Depending on what you did to the pool, there are different reactions that can happen if you don’t wait enough time to make sure that your pool treatment has been done and you’re good to go.
Pool Treatment Good Practices
Here are some treatments that you may have done and the time frames for them:
If you’ve just added pH, alkalinity, and clarifier you should wait about 20 minutes.
If you’ve just added calcium chloride to raise the calcium hardness you should wait about 2-4 hours before you get in to swim. This gives one full filter cycle before you are in the pool again.
If you’ve just shocked your pool then you will be good to go in about 24 hours or after your pool gets to 5ppm. Make sure that you test it before you get in the pool after the pool treatment.
If you’ve just added muriatic acid wait at least 30 minutes after you’ve added it since it can create hot spots in the pool that will irritate your skin.
If you’ve just added algaecide you should wait about 15 minutes but most of it is safe to swim with.
If you’ve just added floc, get away from the pool! Make sure all of the floc has settled to the bottom of the pool and it has been vacuumed out as waste before you even think about getting back in the pool.
If you’ve just added liquid chlorine to the pool then you should wait about 4 hours after you’ve added it. You can also check to make sure it is 5ppm or lower before you take the plunge.
Pool Treatment and Having Your Own Pool
You never want to miss out on your pool treatment and end up with a disgusting pool. You also do not want to do a pool treatment and swim in it too soon. Make sure that everyone who is used to swimming in the pool knows that you have done a pool treatment so they don’t accidentally decide to take a dive before it is time to get into the pool.
Having your own pool and making sure that you do the pool treatment may be a bit of a chore. Caring for your pool is as important as changing they oil in your car. Some car owners may change their own oil. but many elect to have it serviced by a professional. We recommend professional pool service companies as a way to ensure your pool is properly maintained. Having a professional clean your pool and balance the chemicals takes away the headaches of owning a pool and lets you and your family focus on ENJOYING it!