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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...
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    OCLT and solar cover

    Quick question - Can I perform an OCLT with the solar cover on? Thanks! Lauren
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    Not new to this... Where is my FC going?!

    Last night I did a correct OCLT and I lost 1.5 ppm ... D’oh! So close. Can my solar cover be on overnight while checking for an OCLT? My water level is getting low due to no rain and I have very hard well water so I try to avoid topping off as much as possible. Thanks again!
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    Not new to this... Where is my FC going?!

    Ah, crud! I already tossed a sock of cya in the filter then headed out for a few hours before seeing this. Interestingly though at 12:15pm my FC was 8. Tossed in the sock of cya. Just now at 4:15pm I checked and it is at 7. Can CYA start to work that fast? CC still 0... or maybe just the...
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    Not new to this... Where is my FC going?!

    Thank you mknauss! I'm going to add some CYA now. Do you think I should maintain the SLAM in the meantime?
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    Not new to this... Where is my FC going?!

    Hi everyone, I've been using the TFP method for about 4 or 5 years now and have not had an issue since converting. But now, I have a FC loss mystery and I suddenly feel like I have no idea what I'm doing. Going to give a little back story in case it somehow plays a part... About a month ago I...
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    Suddenly... bird poop!

    Thanks everyone. I got some realistic rubber snakes that I put around and on the pool ledge. Also got those inflatable dolphins that you fill the base with water... I was thinking maybe if they’re floating around and moving it will scare them off. The solar cover is definitely helping. I...
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    Suddenly... bird poop!

    Oh wow. What a bummer! Thank you for your advice and help!
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    Suddenly... bird poop!

    Yuck. It makes me feel better that I’m not alone! Do you know typically how long it lasts? Or will this be a summer long endeavor? I have no idea how I will possible keep up with this!
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    Suddenly... bird poop!

    Ughhhh! I did see new birds this year getting in my arbor vitaes around the pool. What do you do about this??
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    Suddenly... bird poop!

    Hi everyone! Starting over the last couple days, there are massive amounts of rather large sized bird poop all over the edge of my pool and getting into the water. I vacuumed just yesterday evening, and when I got home from work today there must be 30 more on the bottom I could count, not to...
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    Iron Filters for Topping Off

    Thanks Sacul19! I think this might be exactly what I'm looking for. I'll probably start a regimen of adding a sequestrant just to be safe as well.
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    Iron Filters for Topping Off

    Thanks Dave! Is there such thing as a garden hose water softener? And do you know of a brand? We looked into whole house filtration/water softener but hoo boy that's expensive. Going to get googling...
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    Iron Filters for Topping Off

    Hi all - happy summer! We have very, very hard well water. Last summer, our second summer with the pool, I started noticing iron stains. At first I thought it was dirt that just would not vacuum up... and then I did the vitamin C test. It was like using a magic eraser! Turns out, the entire...
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    Help - ASAP!

    Thanks for your response. I tested the water once more on Saturday morning after the robot had been in hopefully mixing things up. CYA was 30. I raised FC to 14 with the help of the robot mixing the first half of the day. Then we went ahead and closed. There was a tiny bit of CC, but without...
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    Help - ASAP!

    I removed the thermometer so I can't say for certain but it was 66 a couple days ago. I poured some liquid stabilizer in (enough to raise approx 20ppm) and brushed like a maniac. Then added bleach and brushed some more. I took random samples from different areas of the pool and came up with on...