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The Problems with Pollen

It’s spring in southwest Florida. The bees are buzzing. The birds are chirping. And the oak trees are filling the air with fine yellow dust. Welcome to Pollen Season.

You have to be mindful of dirt and debris in your pool year-round, but pollen is especially tough. It always finds a way in, and you have to be very diligent to get it out.

There are two main issues with pollen in your pool: One, it can build up in your filter and make it less efficient, or even clog it altogether; and two, it leaches away at your chlorine. Because pollen is organic (unlike, say, dirt), your pool’s sanitary chemicals treat it as if it were a microorganism, trying to “kill” it. Which is fine, that’s what those chemicals are supposed to do. The problem is, when there’s a lot of pollen in the pool, it depletes and eventually overwhelms your residual chlorine supply, quickly leaving your pool susceptible to algae growth. No bueno.

But so long as you stay on top of it, you can defeat pollen and stop it from taking over. You’ve just got to stick with it.

  • Have your filter replaced or serviced.
  • Clean out your filter and baskets regularly. However much you clean them during the rest of the year, do it more frequently during pollen season.
  • Skim often. The most basic element of pool maintenance is also one of the most important when it comes to keeping things clean. If you can get it out with the net, it won’t get into the rest of your equipment.
  • Prune your pollenating landscaping. You don’t have to have oak trees or other pollinators on your property to have a problem with pollen, but if you do have those kinds of plants, you’ll want to minimize their impact.

And as always, Bahama Blue experts are here when you need us and available for regular services however often you think your pool needs us. Together, we can take out pollen and enjoy all the beautiful pool weather these months provide.

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