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    Every year mid spring

    Hey guys,

    Every year around early to mid spring the top of my pool gets coated with white ugly stuff. Its obviously coming from trees.
    Im guessing its most likely pollen but I dont know.

    The filter / skimmers dont keep pace with it and for weeks there is a layer of gunk on top of the pool. You dont really notice it from outside since the pool just looks crystal clear. But when you are in there swimming and eye level with it, its very obvious.

    Does anyone else find this annoyance around spring? Is it most likely pollen and if so is there a way to get rid of it?
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    Re: Every year mid spring

    Keeping my return pointed toward the surface and to one side gets it out of mine. You cna use a skimmer sock to help too.

    It would help if you had you info in your sig.
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    Re: Every year mid spring

    Its probably Cottonwood. Here in Ohio it is EVERYWHERE right now. I use pantyhose in the skimmer baskets. Otherwise it will get right through.
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    Re: Every year mid spring

    It ain't no fun to pick off that pantyhose either!
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    Re: Every year mid spring

    Oh. I just throw the pantyhose out every few days and put on new ones. Never thought about picking it out. LOL.
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    Re: Every year mid spring

    Thanks guys. Ill try the skimmer socks / pantyhose
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    Re: Every year mid spring

    I have fixed inlet spouts. So until its all gone, I only have my pull filled enough to barely cover the return so the top of the water is rather swirly. my girls love it. lol
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    Re: Every year mid spring

    Quote Originally Posted by LisaM
    Its probably Cottonwood.
    I moved in with my fiance in the winter of 2007 at her parent's house (which is about 45 miles west of where my parents live) and now live another 45 miles west. Until moving in to our current house in May of 2009 I had never seen an abundance of cottonwood, in fact I never even noticed it until moving here!
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    Re: Every year mid spring

    Quote Originally Posted by mitch08
    Hey guys,

    Every year around early to mid spring the top of my pool gets coated with white ugly stuff. Its obviously coming from trees.
    Im guessing its most likely pollen but I dont know.

    The filter / skimmers dont keep pace with it and for weeks there is a layer of gunk on top of the pool. You dont really notice it from outside since the pool just looks crystal clear. But when you are in there swimming and eye level with it, its very obvious.

    Does anyone else find this annoyance around spring? Is it most likely pollen and if so is there a way to get rid of it?
    You are probably looking at a combination of both cotton woods and pollen. The surface of my pool on sunday looked like a lake with all the dust and dirt on the surface...the problem is that it eventually sinks and it looks like sand no the bottom of the pool.

    I like the nylons best. For $4 bucks you can get 20 knee hi nylons at Walgreens...it will last me all season. I scrape it off, and when I vacuum the pool it gets really thick...then I throw it away. Becareful though to check your skimmer basket a couple of times per day because the nylon will get so clogged it can choke off the water flow to the pump...that is not a good thing.
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    Re: Every year mid spring

    Quote Originally Posted by Bama Rambler View Post
    Keeping my return pointed toward the surface and to one side gets it out of mine. You cna use a skimmer sock to help too.

    It would help if you had you info in your sig.
    Thats a d*amn good idea... will be doing that TODAY !
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    Re: Every year mid spring

    Just to add to the panty hose idea, I use disposable hair nets. They seem to hold up to the chlorine better. 100 for $8.25 using Amazon.
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