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    Small mouse in pool...

    I just shocked the pool due to overfilling it and got all the levels back to normal. This AM I found a small mouse in the skimmer dead. Do I shock again or leave it alone?
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    Re: Small mouse in pool...

    I would shock it just because I do not want any mouse cooties in my pool. Ewwwww We had a bat one time. I shocked for that.

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    Re: Small mouse in pool...

    What does "shock" mean?
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    Re: Small mouse in pool...

    I found one in my skimmer... well I found about 1 per day in my pool for about a week. They must have been thirsty. Usually I would catch them the morning after they fell in, in the skimmer. One day I didn't catch it until the evening after a hot day. So needless to say, when I opened the skimmer cover, it didn't smell like roses. I removed the mouse and put about a cup of bleach directly into the skimmer while the pump was off. I used a toilet brush to scrub the bottom, sides, lid of the skimmer. I then checked the FC and pH as I do daily later in the evening when the pump was running and noticed no difference from a normal evening test and bumped it to 7 FC instead of my normal 5-6 overnight. No issues since.
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    Re: Small mouse in pool...

    I don't worry about it. There are tons of germs from all kinds of sources that regularly enter the pool - that's why we use chlorine in the first place.

    I did run across this from the CDC though: If the CDC says "don't worry about it" then you know it's not big deal, lol. They say 2 ppm chlorine will do the trick and I think we all use more than that on a regular basis.

    For what it's worth I get about 3 mice a month in my pool and my chlorine never drops below 3.5.
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    Re: Small mouse in pool...

    I've never seen a mouse in my skimmer-- lizards, frogs and sholderless critters yup.
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    Re: Small mouse in pool...

    Said the wrong thing when I said Shock. I should have said I raised my FC to SLAM level for the night and let it drift down with sun/time.

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    Re: Small mouse in pool...

    Semantics Schmantics. If I'm not mistaken, Shock IS the correct term as the first thing in SLAM. Since you had no reason to slam, shocking was appropriate.
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    Re: Small mouse in pool...

    Quote Originally Posted by jblizzle View Post
    What does "shock" mean?
    Shock=scare the bacteria out of the pool with an army of little chlorine monsters, that yell: I am so alkaline I will scare the living acid out of you
    Circa 20,000 gal IGP, 12 years old, Hayward SP2607X10, 1 hp single speed pump, Hayward S244T Sand filter, vinyl liner, using Aquacheck test strips and Taylor K-2006 Test Kit, 1 skimmer, 1 bottom drain, 2 jets (near stairs and on the opposite deep end)

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    Re: Small mouse in pool...

    Quote Originally Posted by chjade84 View Post
    I don't worry about it. There are tons of germs from all kinds of sources that regularly enter the pool - that's why we use chlorine in the first place.

    I did run across this from the CDC though: If the CDC says "don't worry about it" then you know it's not big deal, lol. They say 2 ppm chlorine will do the trick and I think we all use more than that on a regular basis.

    For what it's worth I get about 3 mice a month in my pool and my chlorine never drops below 3.5.
    Oh I am more than 2 ppm regularly, mostly around 3-5 ppm, I also do tablets with BBB as I get a lot of rain and get to drain the pool and lose CYA. I guess I am good then.
    Circa 20,000 gal IGP, 12 years old, Hayward SP2607X10, 1 hp single speed pump, Hayward S244T Sand filter, vinyl liner, using Aquacheck test strips and Taylor K-2006 Test Kit, 1 skimmer, 1 bottom drain, 2 jets (near stairs and on the opposite deep end)

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    Re: Small mouse in pool...

    Quote Originally Posted by chjade84 View Post
    I don't worry about it. There are tons of germs from all kinds of sources that regularly enter the pool - that's why we use chlorine in the first place.

    I did run across this from the CDC though: If the CDC says "don't worry about it" then you know it's not big deal, lol. They say 2 ppm chlorine will do the trick and I think we all use more than that on a regular basis.

    For what it's worth I get about 3 mice a month in my pool and my chlorine never drops below 3.5.
    I get 3 or 4 per season average for the 50 years I have been running a pool in the same location (on the edge of a hay field). I have never done anything other than throw the corpse back in the field it came from.
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