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How to safely close your hot tub or swim spa for winter

Posted by Buds Team on 4/4/17

When one of our customers hadn’t used her hot tub for a single steamy soak over the past three winters, she decided to officially put it to bed for the season and called Buds to ask some questions about how to do it safely—and this is what we told her.

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Topics: Hot Tubs, Spas

Has your hot tub cover bit the dust? Here's how to tell.

Posted by Buds Team on 4/4/17

Canada’s weather takes its toll on the vinyl of our hot tub and swim spa covers. The harsh UV rays of the summer sun weaken the material. Winter snow, especially if it starts to melt, can be heavy. Simple maintenance tasks—provided we perform them regularly—will extend the life of our covers by years, but all covers eventually wear out. Here are 6 signs your hot tub cover needs to be replaced.

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Topics: Hot Tubs, Spas

Draining Your Hydropool Hot Tub

Posted by Buds Team on 4/4/17

Your spa should be drained approximately every 8-12 weeks depending on the size of the spa and the amount of use it gets.

  1. Start by putting the tub on standby. Remove the filter from the tub. At this point, cleaning the filter with Filter Cleanse is needed.
  2. Take the tub off standby.
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Topics: Hot Tubs, Tips & Tricks

Above Ground Pool Closing Instructions

Posted by Buds Team on 4/4/17
  1. One week prior to closing, bring a pool water sample to the store so your pool can be properly balanced. It is natural for sitting water to become acidic on its own so balancing the water is very important prior to closing your pool
  2. 48 hours before closing, clean your sand filter with Filter Cleaner. If you have a cartridge filter, it can be cleaned once the pool has been closed. This will ensure that debris, waste and oil are not able to sit in the filter over the winter
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Topics: Pools, Tips & Tricks

Summer Maintenance: How to Treat and Prevent Algae

Posted by Buds Team on 4/4/17

Green pools are often caused by algae growth in the water. This could take on the form of patches of green, yellow or black substances that fluffs into the water when touched or stirred. The water may have discoloration, usually green.

DO NOT use your automatic vacuum, as there is no option of vacuuming on waste/drain.

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Topics: Pools, Algae, Tips & Tricks

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