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    Pool Pollen

    Wasn't sure which forum to put this in so move it if needed. I keep getting a brownish yellow "dust" that settles on the bottom. When undisturbed water is crystal clear. More seems to settle in the vinyl seems. I think its pollen from all the surrounding pines. If I brush it, it re-settles, if I vacuum it, it goes through the filter. If I vacuum to waste it's gone for 1 -2 weeks but slowly returns. My CC is always .5 or less. Overnight chlorine loss test is always .5 or less. Any ideas how I can deal with this stuff without pumping out 500 gals or water every 1-2 weeks.
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    Re: Pool Pollen

    You can try a skimmer sock. That will usually catch small pieces of dust.
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    Re: Pool Pollen

    I am surrounded by pine trees and such and fight it all summer long. Skimmer socks will help somewhat but I still get the dust in my divits and wrinkles, the best I can do is throw the cleaner in everyday, clean it up and do it all again the next day.
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    Re: Pool Pollen

    I'll try the skimmer sock. I remember only having to deal with this a little bit last year.
    14.5 K inground vinyl
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    Re: Pool Pollen

    I think I might try to ad DE to the sand filter too
    14.5 K inground vinyl
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    Re: Pool Pollen

    I just added DE to my sand filter last night for this same problem. I will let you know how it works out. The skimmer sock (pantyhose) did show some improvement, but not a lot.
    Doughboy 18x38 AGP buried 2' deep. 18,400 gal. Hayward Power Flo Matrix. Hayward Pro Series High Rate Sand Filter. TF-100 test kit.

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    Re: Pool Pollen

    im a fan of adding a bit of de to a sand filter.
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    Well, 2 days after adding the DE my pool made tremendous improvement. The water is a LOT clearer and I suspect will be clear in a day or two.

    I did have issues with decreased flow though. No doubt I added too much DE. I backwashed last night and that water was FILTHY.
    Doughboy 18x38 AGP buried 2' deep. 18,400 gal. Hayward Power Flo Matrix. Hayward Pro Series High Rate Sand Filter. TF-100 test kit.

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    Re: Pool Pollen

    Quote Originally Posted by ROTJob
    Well, 2 days after adding the DE my pool made tremendous improvement. The water is a LOT clearer and I suspect will be clear in a day or two.

    I did have issues with decreased flow though. No doubt I added too much DE. I backwashed last night and that water was FILTHY.
    I doubt it. I think it just works, and you had more pollen than you thought! Once you get caught up, it will probably go longer periods of time before it loads up.
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    Awesome. That is even better news. I cannot wait to get home and check the water today.
    Doughboy 18x38 AGP buried 2' deep. 18,400 gal. Hayward Power Flo Matrix. Hayward Pro Series High Rate Sand Filter. TF-100 test kit.

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    Re: Pool Pollen

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    Quote Originally Posted by ROTJob
    I cannot wait to get home and check the water today.
    Oh dear, that sounds like you have an acute case of sparklypoolitis

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    Re: Pool Pollen

    I'm thinking I have the same problem. We have several pines near the pool and this time last year I ended up fighting a minor algae bloom. I knew I was getting some debris in the pool and had kept the levels up but with the weather cooling & my lack of brushing the debris kept some areas as nice places form algae to start.

    I almost had a repeat this year but caught it just in time. It seems that just as the weather cools we get a lot of fine stuff falling from our pines and one of the neighbors trees. Luckily I've been more prompt at noticing the debris this year and aggressive about getting after it. Now I know that I need to be very watchful at the end of the summer to keep that debris from settling for long periods of time.

    I will likely be trying DE or a skimmer sock in the near future because I miss my sparkly pool!
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    Ahhhhhhh. We are finally back to sparkly. I had forgotten how nice it was.
    Doughboy 18x38 AGP buried 2' deep. 18,400 gal. Hayward Power Flo Matrix. Hayward Pro Series High Rate Sand Filter. TF-100 test kit.

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