Recent content by LaurenB

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    Is not opening (or delayed) an option?

    Hello everyone, hope you're all healthy and well during this crazy time. I live in Southern PA and usually open around late April. For what it's worth I have a radiant pool, built into a hill, with a winter cover that works not unlike a tupperware container. Every year so far upon opening, the...
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    A "What the Heck is in my Pool?!" Mystery

    Thank you all for your responses. I haven’t seen any more “raccoon poop” since the initial incident. Just vacuuming tons of these seeds off the bottom every day. Also backwashed a ton out of the filter. There’s no way animal poop could be breaking down and disappearing overnight, so that I see...
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    A "What the Heck is in my Pool?!" Mystery

    I thought about owl pellets, but I don’t believe owls are mostly herbivores. I would think I would find little animal skeletons and bones if it were an owl pellet. But I’m no expert. The maggots don’t wriggle and my husband closely examined with gloves and believes the white things are also...
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    A "What the Heck is in my Pool?!" Mystery

    Sorry I’m trying to do this from a cell phone. I don’t know about the predatory birds. I had grackles this year that made my life a nightmare early this summer but they’ve since moved on.
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    A "What the Heck is in my Pool?!" Mystery

    Hello all, I'm hoping someone can shed some light on something I've found/been finding in my pool. A couple days ago I found what I believed to be raccoon poop in my pool. You can read my previous post here: https://www.troublefreepool.com/threads/raccoon-poop-really-scared.190888/ In short...
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    Raccoon Poop.... Really Scared!

    I can't find the SeaKlear stuff anywhere in 150 miles from me. To order from Amazon says it wouldn't arrive until Monday. Do you know if there are any there similar chemicals I might be able to find easier? If I filter the pool at shock level for 24 hours, backwash, and deep clean the sand...
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    Raccoon Poop.... Really Scared!

    Also, to add to the disgusting misery... I’m vacuuming up what appear to be maggots. I’m not sure if they’re coming along with the poop or not. Is that possible? What is wrong with my pool this year?! These are the best photos I could get. The stool is in a little container and double bagged so...
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    Raccoon Poop.... Really Scared!

    I just poured in all the bleach I have when I got home... enough to raise fc to 13. But in the articles, it says the eggs are resistant to 6% bleach. Wouldn’t 6% straight bleach be 60,000ppm? I called the health dept which had no idea what I was talking about, then called the dept of...
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    Raccoon Poop.... Really Scared!

    Will double check level bleach my vinyl liner?
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    Raccoon Poop.... Really Scared!

    The article from the CDC says to decontaminate the pool after raccoon poop is to let it filter for 24 hours, then backwash, then change the filter media if possible. I have sand filter and there is just no way I can change the sand in my filter every single time a raccoon poops in the pool. I...
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    Raccoon Poop.... Really Scared!

    Thank you all for your response! From everything I’ve read, it seems like raccoon poop in a pool is fairly common. If that’s the case, I would think it would be a lot more common that people are dealing with this. And, how many people swim in ponds, lakes, rivers, etc? Wouldn’t there be tons...
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    Raccoon Poop.... Really Scared!

    Hello everyone, Several years ago I found what I assumed to be a raccoon poop in the pool. I skimmed it out and shocked the pool and didn’t really worry about it. Just now I got in the pool and was walking around vacuuming with a pool blaster (battery operated vacuum with its own filter bag)...
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    Suddenly... bird poop!

    Yes! Poolmom was right... they were Grackles.
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    Suddenly... bird poop!

    If anyone else encounters this problem... the rubber snakes worked for a bit, but I think they eventually figured them out as they intentionally placed a bunch of poos around and on top of one of the snakes. I think if anything the floating dolphins were more of a deterrent as they constantly...