Shock is one of those hot tub chemicals that has a lot of mystery around it. What’s if for, how does it work, and does it actually work? We often hear all of these questions when people talk about spa shock and while it is no miracle product, it’s can prove to be the right solution depending on the circumstances. To know whether or not you need to use shock in your hot tub, we’ve created a quick guide about it.
What is Shock?
You may have heard of hot tub shock, but don’t really understand what it is. Most of the commercial shock products that you see on the shelves consist of highly concentrated chlorine. However, there are varieties of it that don’t use chlorine. You can use both chlorinated and non-chlorinated shock for the same purposes. The main difference between the two is that the chlorinated version is a little stronger.
While the chlorinated shock is more powerful than its non-chlorinated counterpart, it does have other quirks. Because the chlorine content of chlorinated shock is so strong, it has the potential to harm your hot tub. Most hot tubs have an inner shell made of acrylic. This acrylic shell is vulnerable to high doses of chlorine. Too much chlorine in your tub at one time may cause your hot tub’s acrylic to peel, warp, or crack. However, it may be necessary to use chlorinated in some cases.
When Do I Use Shock?
You can use shock for all kinds of things. Most of the time, people use it to clear up algae growth. You’ll know your water has algae in it if it has a green to black tint. If your water is a lighter green, you’re better off using non-chlorinated shock to clear up the issue. If you need to use chlorinated spa shock in your tub, there are some precautions you can take to avoid damaging your hot tub. When using chlorinated, pre-mix it in a bucket of water before adding it to your tub. This will make sure none of the chlorine granules sit at the bottom of your tub and cause damage.
There are some other reasons you may want to use this versatile product in your hot tub as well. When you first fill up your hot tub with water or replace the water, it’s a good idea to add some shock to it. This will help prevent future algae growth. You may also consider it if your water has a strange odor or murky color. Often times, it can clear up these issues.
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