Spring is in the air – the bees are buzzing, flowers are blooming, and the days have gotten much warmer and longer. You can't wait to take a dip in your home pool, but uh, oh! There is a yellowy substance floating in the water, and it is sticking to your clothes and hair, and even gotten into your nose--making it impossible to take a relaxing dip.
Yes, that's pollen – an unwelcome side-effect of spring. Worry not, removing pollen from your pool water is quite easy when you know what needs to be done. First, though, you need to make sure it actually is pollen.
Are you sure it's pollen?
Before you start cleaning, you need to figure out what kind of contaminant it is. A few types of algae are also yellowish and look very similar to pollen. The easiest way to differentiate between these two pool water contaminants is by observing where it collects. Pollen is lightweight and will float on top of the water, but algae are usually found sticking to the sides of the pool or maybe sinking to the bottom.
Filtering out algae is harder than clearing pollen and will not be visible on the filter cartridges, so if you notice yellow particles on your filter cartridges, then you can be fairly confident that it is pollen.
Now that you've established it is pollen, let's move on to how to remove it from your pool effectively. The good news is that eliminating pollen is quite easy.
5 Tips to Banish Pollen from your Swimming Pool
1. Make use of your Existing Pool Equipment
As mentioned above, the filtration system can easily trap pollen. Once spring starts, run your pool filters more frequently than you usually do. While this may not remove pollen entirely, it should eliminate the majority of it.
2. It’s time for Manual Filtering
The next step is to skim your pool regularly, at least once a day. While this is a time-consuming task, it will help to keep the water clean. The best time to skim the pool is in the morning; pollen tends to accumulate overnight. Adding a fine mesh net to your skimmer is a good idea since regular leaf skimmers may not capture smaller pollen particles. You can also use clean cheesecloth attached to the skimmer head.
3. Inspect your Pool Equipment
Spring is one of the busiest seasons for your pool. Make sure that all your equipment is in perfect condition. Order filter cartridge replacements before the pollen season starts if needed as well as water test kits and chemicals.
4. Shock the Pool
You may be tempted to ignore pollen as a harmless plant substance, but it will decay and then act as a breeding ground for harmful microorganisms. The most effective way to get rid of bacteria and other microbes that develop as a result of pollen is by shocking your pool.
Shocking refers to the process of adding chlorine and other chemicals to the pool water to eliminate bacteria, algae and other contaminants.
Once you have cleared the majority of floating pollen, shock your pool overnight. It helps to remove all traces of microorganisms, providing you with clean water to enjoy.
5. Vacuum it Out
If you have a massive pollen problem on your hands then filtering and skimming won't be enough to eliminate it. You will need to use other pool equipment like a vacuum to get the job done. However, use this only as a last resort, since using a pool vacuum raises your electricity bills as well as water consumption. Vacuuming the pool removes all pollen sticking to the sides, on tiles, on the filters, etc.
Say Bye to Pollen, and Enjoy the Magic of the Season
Fresh air, pretty flowers, singing birds - there's nothing as refreshing as taking a dip during spring. Don't let pollen play spoilsport. Dealing with pollen may feel like an extra chore to take care of, but the good news is peak pollen season lasts only for two or three weeks.
Make use of the tips shared here and ensure that your pool stays clean and safe.