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Thread: Dead bird in the skimmer - time to superchlorinate?

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    Dead bird in the skimmer - time to superchlorinate?

    So I found a dead bird in the skimmer, so I think I need to superchlorinate my pool to be safe. Since my FC and CC levels are currently fine and the water is clear, I assume I add enough bleach just once to bring the FC up to the specified shock level? Based on a CYA level of ~40, I'd need to add enough bleach to bring the FC from 6 to 16, or 373 oz (based on the Pool Calculator).

    How long should the pump be running BEFORE and AFTER I superchlorinate the pool?
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    Re: Dead bird in the skimmer - time to shock

    I'd bring it up to shock level at night and do the OCLT. If you don't lose any CL overnight, you don't have any nasties in your pool that need killing

    I run it 10 or 15 min before bleach, and the recommendation is to run the pump at least an hour after you add any chemicals.
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    Re: Dead bird in the skimmer - time to shock

    Thanks. So I could start the pump back up tonight and add the necessary bleach and let the pump continue to run overnight and into its next normal cycle?
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    Re: Dead bird in the skimmer - time to shock

    Just a side note....If I shocked every time I had a dead critter in my pool, I would be shocking daily. Had birds, bats, voles, snakes, frogs, chipmunks....just sayin............. Maybe the pros will chime in.
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    Re: Dead bird in the skimmer - time to shock

    True, I am assuming I need to shock. The little guy (baby mockingbird) was not in there for very long, but I read some other threads that mention shocking when there are dead animals in the pool. I am a total noobie, so I will also wait for the pros
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    Re: Dead bird in the skimmer - time to shock

    I'm with samiguy, if shocked every time I had dead critters, I would shock everyday. If you are having company soon, empty the smelly skimmer on the other side of your property.
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    Re: Dead bird in the skimmer - time to shock

    A new house is being built on the lot next door and that dead bird may/may not have ended up over there
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    Re: Dead bird in the skimmer - time to shock

    LOL AaronGo! same here...my neighbors behind me are snowbirds...so snakes, birds, mice, etc may or may not end up under their bushes when they are not here for the season! I also agree that as long as you maintain normal chlorine levels you shouldn't HAVE to shock every time a nasty something or other dead ends up in your skimmer....HOWEVER, when my dog decides to use the pool as her own toilet bowl on rare occasion (i'm not quite sure how she maintains her balance, teetering on the edge like that)...I DO an overnight shock...after scooping of course...bleck!
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    Re: Dead bird in the skimmer - time to shock?

    So any other thoughts on this? My gut says if the FC levels are within range, then this one instance does NOT require me to shock the pool, but not 100% sure.
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    Re: Dead bird in the skimmer - time to shock?

    Use your cc reading as your guide. If it's more than .5 cc, shock. If not -- you're good to go IMHO. I regularly get various dead woodland animals in the pool.
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    Re: Dead bird in the skimmer - time to shock?

    Good call, I will perform that test this evening and do what is necessary.
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    Re: Dead bird in the skimmer - time to shock?

    Ha ~ Same here. Just this morning a mouse. Along with a couple frogs. Apparently frogs don't communicate the way ants and wasps do, or they'd put out an alert to stay away from my pool. lol!
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    Re: Dead bird in the skimmer - time to shock?

    OK...add lizards to the list..think I found the Geico creature in the skimmer today....called him "Cleatus" when he was walking around the pool......dang..........my new friend is dead...........
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    Re: Dead bird in the skimmer - time to shock?

    Can we stop calling what you are talking about "shocking the pool"? You are talking about a single boost of FC which is NOT what we typically call the shock process.

    We struggle to make everyone understand that "shocking" is not a 1 time thing or a product, but a process that must be followed.

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    Re: Dead bird in the skimmer - time to shock?

    fair enough, I edited the title and my first post to be more accurate. I even mentioned doing a one time chlorination to shock level the first time around, so should have been consistent.
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    Re: Dead bird in the skimmer - time to superchlorinate?

    Sorry if I confused anyone with my comments. Yes, shocking is a process, not an event. Maybe we can introduce another word like "pulse".... Nah, just more confusing. I just think of it as I saw somewhere here at TFP...shock is a verb, not a noun. Thanks!!!
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    Re: Dead bird in the skimmer - time to superchlorinate?

    FYI, my thread was inspired by another thread in the Chem 201 section about a dead animal in the pool in which the term "shock" was referenced several times, but as "increasing FC to shock level".

    I think "super-chlorinating" is more accurate since what I was asking about is a one-time event to raise FC to shock level, which is far different than the actual shock process to address algae, etc.
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