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Thread: Dead Critter in skimmer - shock?

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    May 2012
    Jackson, TN

    Dead Critter in skimmer - shock?

    Found a small mole in my skimmer this evening. I've always been advised to "triple shock" in this case by the pool store.

    Do I need to shock?

    Is there shock method other than raising the FC sky high? Is traditional non-chlorinated shock/oxidizer OK?
    In-ground, vinyl pool, 26,000 gals
    Hayward Sand Filter, Aquarite SWG, Hayward Ecostar Pump

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    Re: Dead Critter in skimmer - shock?

    I wouldn't get too worked up about it if your chlorine level is where it should be and the mole had not been in there more than 24 hours or so. If you're worried you can shock using the Pool School instructions.
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    Lynchburg VA

    Re: Dead Critter in skimmer - shock?

    IF your FC and CC are within range I would not worry about shocking. I find moles, frogs and other small critters in my skimmer from time to time and unless I have neglected to check the skimmer for days it has not been an issue. It's when they sit in there for days that I pay the price and have to shock.
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    Re: Dead Critter in skimmer - shock?

    If it makes you feel better raise the pool to shock level overnight, mustard shock level if you are really anxious. "Triple shock level" is crazy. Usually you only need to shock if serious decomposition has set in before discovery.
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    Jan 2011
    Huntsville, AL

    Re: Dead Critter in skimmer - shock?

    We found a small mouse last week in our pool. I did not shock and swam 2 days later. I am still here to talk about it!
    16 x 32 inground with Tara Liner, 1 skimmer, 3 returns,
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    Oct 2011
    Charlotte, NC

    Re: Dead Critter in skimmer - shock?

    If you're worried about a mole in your pool being dangerous be sure to never swim in any lake or ocean again.
    8000 gallon outdoor inground vinyl. Sand filter, Hayward 1HP.

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