The Effects of Pollen on Your Swimming Pool

The Effects of Pollen on Your Swimming Pool

Each year seems to bring more pollen to the air in the Orlando area, where residents are in a unique position because something is pollinating all the time. By mid-January, certain species of trees can start budding. Spring flower pollination brings even more pollen. Weeds tend to pollinate in the fall. Then the cycle starts all over again, especially if temperatures reach freezing during the winter. Even if you carefully maintain your landscaping, you can end up with pollen in your swimming pool where it can have a harmful effect.

What Does Pollen Do to Swimming Pools?

Pollen can hurt your swimming pool in many ways. It can make chemicals ineffective, so a pool service in Orlando must use more of them or use them more often than in other parts of the country. Pollen can also cause your pool’s filters to clog and cause algae to build on your pool’s walls, stairs, and other surfaces. Pollen can turn your water yellow or green along with causing a scum line to develop right above your pool’s top waterline. Additionally, maintaining your pool is more costly because you must use more chlorine to maintain safe swimming water levels.

Can You Keep Pollen Out of Your Swimming Pool?

There is no way to keep all pollen out of swimming pools in the Orlando area since most homeowners leave their pools open year-round. The first step, however, is to make sure that you keep your filters in good shape. You should check your pool’s skimmer baskets regularly to make sure that they stay in excellent condition as they remove most of the pollen before it can sink to the bottom of your pool. Remove all pool toys and floats from the pool when you are done swimming so that pollen cannot land on them. Attach cheesecloth or pantyhose to your skimmer and run over the top of your water regularly. During the worse pollen seasons, you may need to clean your water multiple times a day. Additionally, keep your pool’s cover on when you are not using your pool. If necessary, shock the pool to kill off any organisms living off the pollen.

Are You Sure It’s Pollen?

Occasionally, homeowners in Central Florida become confused between pollen and yellow algae. Also called mustard algae, yellow algae can accumulate on the bottom of your pool where it looks like sand or dirt. You will need to brush the algae out. Then, test the water and shock as required.
 
If you would prefer to spend your time playing in the water than doing pool maintenance tasks, then hire a pool service in Orlando to clean your pool regularly. Contact Pure and Simple Pool Care to keep your pool in top condition. You can count on this team of professionals to take the right steps to correct any issues you are having with your swimming pool.