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Unicel Cartridge Cleaning Instructions

Posted by Buds Team on 4/4/17

When should a cartridge element be cleaned?

For swimming pools, clean the cartridge when filter canister pressure reaches 8 PSI above the initial system or new cartridge starting pressure. For spas, establish a routine cartridge cleaning schedule based on the amount of spa usage (this should include rinsing the cartridge weekly, as well as using Filter Cleanse every 4-6 weeks).

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Topics: Tips & Tricks, Filters & Cells

How to Treat and Prevent Metals and Staining

Posted by Buds Team on 4/4/17

If there is staining on the liner, fibreglass, or concrete in the pool that is dark and not able to be removed by scrubbing, it may be evidence of metals in the water. This may also cause the water to turn an abnormal colour. Metals can reside in pool water because of metal foreign objects entering the water (such as pennies or other coins), copper piping and fittings, the use of Copper Sulphate to clear algae, copper based algaecides, source water, or when water balance problems cause your heater to corrode. It is best to bring a water sample to Buds as soon as the staining or discolouration occurs so that appropriate measures can be taken as soon as possible.

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Topics: Pools, Tips & Tricks

How To Clean A Salt Cell

Posted by Buds Team on 4/4/17

It is important to maintain a clean salt cell so chlorine can be continuously produced. Salt cells that have a lot of scale or calcium build up can not effectively produce sanitizer and often create flow issues within the pool system. You should check your salt cell weekly to ensure that there are no problems and rinse off the plates as soon as you start to see scale formation. Every salt cell should be chemically cleaned at least once per season, usually after the pool has been closed.

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Topics: Tips & Tricks

How to Treat and Prevent Cloudy Water

Posted by Buds Team on 4/4/17

Cloudy pools may occur due to a number of reasons. Cloudy water largely occurs because of poor water balance, lack of circulation, poor filtration or the depletion of chlorine/bromine. It can also occur due to dead algae, dirty or old filter sand, excessive debris in the pool or leaving solar blankets on for extended periods of time.

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Topics: Pools, Tips & Tricks

Helpful Tips for Maintaining Your Pool

Posted by Buds Team on 4/4/17

New pool or new liner customers: please bring in a water sample (in the 1l sample bottle provided) to buds spas and pools before adding any chemicals and/or before entering your pool for the first time.


1. Test kits or strips can help you to maintain your pool water, however, we recommend visiting Bud’s Spas & Pools for a water test at least once a month to maintain proper water balance. Monthly tests are required to ensure that the warranties on your pool equipment and pool liner remain valid. Also, at home testing should be done on a weekly basis to assure bather safety. If any problems occur, such as algae or cloudy water OR if at anytime you question the balance of your water, come into Bud’s for a water test.

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Topics: Pools, Tips & Tricks

Spring Opening: 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.

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Topics: Pools, Algae, Tips & Tricks