Swimming Pool Maintenance: Stay Pollen Free
It’s finally warming up! Spring is here – but isn’t pollen the worst? It makes you sneeze, it turns everything yellow and gets everywhere – especially in your swimming pool. To keep your pool clear and sparkling this Spring, it’s important to remember the Three Cs of Swimming Pool Maintenance: Circulation, Cleaning and Chemistry.
Well-circulated pool water will be less likely to turn cloudy, grow algae or collect pollen on the surface. To achieve proper circulation in your pool, make sure the skimmer and pump baskets are free of any debris, and that jets are free from obstruction. Also remember to check your filters. Whether it be back-washing (DE/Sand filter) or cleaning (Cartridge Filter), make sure your filters are clear. Different types of filters require anywhere from weekly to biannual cleaning.
While water circulation is considered a part or your pool’s cleaning process, it’s important not to forget about what goes on below the surface. It only takes one gust of wind to blow in a heap of leaves, dirt or pollen. Automatic vacuums that clean below the surface are essential to keeping your pool clear, as is brushing. Using a pool brush gets into the places that the vacuum can’t reach and can help you rid your pool of unwanted guests like algae. Some forms of algae can be mistaken for pollen at first glance. The best way to distinguish algae from pollen is to see where it collects. If it’s on the surface, it’s pollen; if it’s below the surface and in the nooks and crannies, you’ve got some algae, friend.
Chemistry is often perceived as the most daunting of the Three Cs, but don’t let it be! Before you add any chemicals, test your water. Once you have your readings, you can add the necessary chemicals to guarantee a clear and sparkling pool.
Our pool care professionals at Morehead Pools are always ready to help you! If you have any questions or concerns about the care or service of your pool, don’t hesitate to give us a call or stop by one of our locations in Shreveport or Bossier.