Does pool shcok damage automatic pool cleaners

Poolside Chat Episode #19: Automatic Pool Cleaners and Shock – Do They Mix?

This is Poolside Chat where every week we answer your questions on how to fix and maintain your swimming pool. Poolside Chat is presented by, helping pool owners find the right parts since 2001. In today’s episode of Poolside Chat, Rob and Matt tackle another common swimming pool question:
  • Does pool shock damage automatic pool cleaners?

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Poolside Chat Episode #19 Video

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If I leave my automatic pool cleaner in the water while I shock my pool, will the pool shock damage my pool cleaner?


In the long term, leaving your pool cleaner in the water while you shock your pool will shorten the lifespan of your automatic pool cleaner. When you shock your pool, you are boosting your chlorine parts per million (ppm) from 2-3, all the way to 10-12 ppm. Chlorine in its normal dosage has the ability to dry out,  fade plastics. when chlorine levels reach pool shock levels it quickens the process of breaking down the pool cleaners plastic,.

Protect your automatic pool cleaner, remove it from the water when shocking or adding any heavy doses of sanitation chemicals.

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