PSC Ep. 94: How do I remove pollen from my swimming pool?

PSC Ep. 94: How do I remove pollen from my swimming pool?

In today’s episode of Poolside Chat, Rob and Matt tackle another common swimming pool question: 
How do I remove pollen from my swimming pool? 

The reason why you’d want to remove pollen from your swimming pool is, besides it looking unsightly, pollen leaves a yellow line around your tile. But I think the biggest effect pollen has on a pool is its ability to clog your filter’s cartridges and DE grids. A great way to capture the pollen before it reaches your pump-filter system is a skimmer sock. The skimmer sock wraps around your skimmer’s basket, and its fine mesh sifts out even the finest particles of pollen. You can also get a fine mesh skimmer net and attach it to your pool pole and skim the pool. If you don’t want to do that, you can get a product called Pool First Aid by Natural Chemistry. It’s got natural enzymes and water clarifier to help remove all the pollen.

If you’ve gotten to the point where you’ve already got a bunch of pollen in your filter, then you can use the standard filter clean chemicals that are made by Natural Chemistry or any you can find in a big box store any pool store. You can also use a Muriatic Acid bath or soak which is very useful in cleaning anything in your cartridge or DE grid, just kind of salts the earth, nothing’s going to grow there for a while.

I believe you can use a vinegar bath which is a little more green, not as harsh and you don’t have to worry about handling dangerous chemicals.

If you have any ways of cleaning your cartridge or getting pollen out of your pool feel free to leave a comment down below and we will gladly critique it. If you have any questions and for anything pool and spa please visit us over at Thank you for joining us.


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3 thoughts on “PSC Ep. 94: How do I remove pollen from my swimming pool?

  1. iv e heard that root kill, which contains copper sulfate, can clear my pool!in just 2 tablespoons!! Do you recommend this and will it work?

    1. Does the label say it can be used in pools? If not, then I wouldn’t suggest it.

      When you start using herbicides and pesticides for off-label purposes that’s when you start getting into dangerous territory.

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