Spring is the return of pool season, which is our favorite time of year, but in some areas of the U.S., the blooming season also brings on pollen. Trees like oaks, elms and pines can create a lot of pollen blooms that can fall into your pool water. This may cause your pool to take on a yellow or greenish hue. The difference between pollen and algae is that algae will stick to the pool walls while pollen will collect on the surface. If left untreated, pollen dust can affect your pool’s chemistry and even cause staining over long periods of time. Below is a list of tips on how to combat the invasion of pollen.
There are a few chemicals that are helpful with fighting pollen. Select a product that contains natural enzymes, which will break down the pollen. We recommend Suncoast Natural Pool Enzyme. This will oxidize the organic materials in the pool and help your filter clear the pollen out. Use a vacuum or automatic pool cleaner to clear up anything that settles on the bottom. Brush the tile and water line to loosen up any stuck-on pollen. You can also add a dose weekly to prevent pollen from building up on your pool’s surface.
The best tool to fight pollen in your pool is a fine mesh skimmer net. This type of skimmer will collect extremely small particles and should help pick up most pollen. Skimming your pool a few times a day will help immensely. You should also run your pump for at least 12 hours a day during periods when pollen is heaviest. This will help your filter pick up as much debris as possible. Be sure to check your filter’s pressure gauge and clean the cartridge filter elements or backwash your sand or D.E. filter when the pressure reads 10 psi over the normal operating level. You can also use a skimmer basket liner to help catch pollen before it reaches your filter.
The most effective tactic is to install a pool cover for whenever you are not using your pool during Springtime. This will cover the entire surface of your pool and prevent pollen from getting in. As a bonus, it will also help your pool to retain heat. In conclusion, while you can’t stop pollen from forming, you can prevent it from becoming a problem for your pool.
If you have questions about which products are right for you, contact your local Pinch A Penny.