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Thread: Can I open pool with cover on until pollen clears, or wait a month?

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    Can I open pool with cover on until pollen clears, or wait a month?

    Last year when we bought the house, the owners had me help open the pool. They strictly waited until late May to open, waiting for all the overhanging oak trees to finish dropping their pollen and "fuzzies" all over the place, and it was a swamp. Right now my pool is looking pretty good- nice coat of bottom sediment, but water is clear. I was thinking about firing up the pool (pull plugs, fill pool, and start up pump) and get the chemistry right, but leave the cover on until the trees are done. Then when it's uncovered, I can worry about vacuuming the bottom and getting the leaves and sticks out that found their way in. OR.... should I just leave it until I uncover it next month? Today it's 85 degrees and it looks like we're done with freezing temps for the year.
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    Re: Can I open pool with cover on until pollen clears, or wait a month?

    I did exactly that last year, and I'm planning on doing it again next week or the week after.
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    Can I open pool with cover on until pollen clears, or wait a month?

    That's what I do. I wait till the seed pods fall from the maple tree then I take the cover off. I already have my pump and filter hooked up and water balanced. I'll vacuum when I take the cover off.
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    Re: Can I open pool with cover on until pollen clears, or wait a month?

    Thanks! I know what my project will be for next weekend. Now to read up on what to balance first over in pool school.
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