Summer is in full swing and that probably means you’re getting lots of pool time. If you’re like us, you probably can’t wait to take a dip in your sparkling, clean pool. But owning a backyard pool comes with a lot of maintenance and upkeep, including regular inspections from Valley Building Inspections. One key part of pool maintenance is shocking the water so it stays clean and algae-free. But how long should you wait to swim after shocking the pool? Let’s find out! How Long to Wait to Swim After Shocking the Pool?

What Is Pool Shocking and Why Do It?

Shocking the pool is an important part of keeping your pool clean and safe for swimming. Shocking the water helps kill bacteria and remove algae, and it also restores clarity to the water. However, it is important to wait a certain amount of time after shocking the pool before swimming. This is because shocking the pool releases chlorine into the water, and too much chlorine can be harmful to the skin and eyes. 

How Long Should You Wait to Swim?

Once you’ve shocked your pool water, it’s best that you wait at least 30 minutes before getting in the pool. Of course, this depends on how much shock you had to add to the water. If you’re opening the pool for the first time this year, you likely had to use more shock than you would as a part of regular maintenance. In this case, you’ll want to wait about 24 hours before getting in the water.

What Is the Cost?

When it comes to shocking your pool, the cost can vary depending on a few factors. For instance, the size of your pool will impact the amount of shock needed. The type of shock you use will also affect the price. Generally speaking, though, you can expect to pay around $50 for the materials needed to shock your pool. Of course, if you hire a professional to do the job, the cost will be higher. But many pool owners find that shocking their pool is a relatively easy task that they can do themselves. And, once you’ve done it a few times, the cost becomes even more affordable.

Need a Pool Inspection? Call Us!

Whether you’re buying or selling a home with a pool in Phoenix, AZ, you’re going to need a high-quality pool inspection. Valley Building Inspections provides detailed inspection reports about the status of any pool in any condition. We also do pre-listing inspections, luxury home inspections, and 1-year warranty inspections. So, request a quote with us today by calling (480) 860-1100.