What do I do if I find a dead animal in my pool?

Smaller furry creatures like rats, mice, squirrels, frogs, and bats may end up dead in residential pools, and it is nothing to worry about. Except for raccoons, none of the other dead animals pose a health hazard.

Raccoons usually carry an infection that can spread through pool water. So, if you spot a dead raccoon, without delay, call Animal Control.

In other cases, chlorine in a well-maintained pool can kill the germs they carry. Follow these steps:

  1. Close the pool and wear disposable gloves.
  2. Remove the dead animal using a net, and double bag it in garbage bags.
  3. Thoroughly clean your hands.
  4. Then, ensure that the pH is at 7.5 or less, free chlorine levels at 2 ppm, and maintain the temperature at 77°F (25°C) or higher for the next 30 minutes.
  5. Check if the filtration system is functioning correctly and disinfect the net you used.

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