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What to do if you find a dead animal in your pool?

April 23rd, 2017

Follow these simple steps to remove a dead animal (such as a rodent) from your pool and disinfect the water to guarantee it’s clean, healthy and ready to enjoy:

  • Close the pool to swimmers (include signage).
  • Wear plumber’s disposable gloves (gauntlets).
  • Use a leaf scoop/net or bucket to remove the dead animal from the pool.
  • Bag the dead animal a plastic garbage bag. Seal the garbage bag and dispose in the garbage bin immediately.
  • Clean/disinfect the item used to remove the dead animal.
  • Clean/disinfect gloves (if reusing).
  • Wash your hands thoroughly with soap.
  • If you are a Pooled Energy customer, use the Pool App:-
    • Flush/Backwash and checkthe filtration system is operating properly.
    • Go to POOL MAINTENANCE on the App.
    • Press START SUPER CHLORINATION, which will operate for 24 hours.
    • Stay out of the water till the ORP on the WATER QUALITY page drops to below 780 (3 days minimum).
    • Or call us for assistance on 1300 364 703.
  • If you are a not a Pooled Energy customer – we’re here to help:
    • Raise the free chlorine concentration, or maintain it at 2 parts per million (ppm); maintain the pH levels at 7.5 or less. The free chlorine and pH should remain at these levels for 24 hours.
    • Stay out of the water for 3 days or till a test kit shows free chlorine below 3 ppm.
    • Flush/Backwash and check the filtration system is operating properly.

These cleaning and disinfection steps are for dead animals commonly reported to be found in pools.


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