Maintaining your pool is one of the most important things you can do to improve its safety. Regular cleaning of your pool can be done using bleach.
Bleach can create hypochlorous acid and mix with water contaminants in your pool to provide you the ultimate cleaning solution. But the question is: how much bleach for 1000 gallon pool?
Things to Know When Using Bleach
Bleach is usually present in laundry detergents since it’s mainly used to remove tough stains from clothes. Chlorine and bleach are quite similar except that bleach can be made without using elemental chlorine while chlorine is made without any other chemical.
Typical bleach also forms hypochlorous acid. Besides, liquid chlorine or most bleach is made in small concentrations. It is usually made into 6 percent solution since it’s mainly used for laundry purpose. Normal chlorine can be made with up to 12 percent concentration.
What this means is that you will need to use twice the amount of bleach to get the same effect as chlorine. Also, avoid using scented bleach when cleaning your pool since it can add contaminants to your pool.
How Much Bleach to Use?
You cannot know the amount of bleach you need until you test the level of chlorine in your swimming pool. The aim is to add bleach that will provide a chlorine level of 1-3 Parts Per Million in order to keep your facility free of all contaminants.
This PPM is also just right for swimmers since they won’t be affected by irritation to the skin or eyes.
One of the commonly used bleach to clean pools is Clorox and it typically boasts of a 5.7 percent concentration. If you wish to clean a 1000 gallons pool, you will need to use about 4.2 ounces of this product to boost the chlorine level by 2 PPM.
Computing Amount of Gallons in Your Pool
You need to compute the amount of water in your pool (volume) in order to ensure that you get the right measurement of bleach to use. How should you do that?
The volume of the pool = Length (Feet) x Width (Feet) x Average Depth of the Pool (Feet)
After getting the volume, then multiply the volume by:
- 7.5 – for a rectangular pool.
- 6.7 – for an oval pool.
- 5.9 – for a round pool.
The answer you will get is the number of gallons of water in your swimming pool. In our case, we choose a 1000 gallons pool.
Maintaining your swimming pool with bleach can involve two things: shocking your pool or raising the chlorine level.
- When shocking your 1000 gallons pool, you need to use 0.05 gallon of bleach to take the chlorine level to 5 PPM.
- If you simply want to raise the chlorine level, use 0.025 gallons of bleach to raise a 1000 gallons pool by 2.5 PPM.
Many pool owners use bleach to clean their pools since it’s already well dissolved. It also doesn’t contain fillers that are often found in chlorine products. You can easily add the bleach to your pool using a liquidator or manually.