Buds Blog

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

Inground Pool Closing Instructions

Posted by Buds Team on 4/4/17
  1. One week prior to closing, bring in a pool water sample so that your pool can be properly balanced for the winter months. It is natural for sitting water to become acidic on its own so balancing the water is very important.
  2. 48 hours before you close the pool, clean your sand filter using Filter Cleaner. If you have a cartridge filter, you can clean the filter once the pool is 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

Helpful Tips for Maintaining Your Hot Tub

Posted by Buds Team on 4/4/17

New hot tub owners: please bring a 1 liter water sample to us before adding any chemicals and/or before entering your hot tub for the first time.

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Topics: Hot Tubs, Tips & Tricks

How to Clean a Sand Filter

Posted by Buds Team on 4/4/17

Sand filters should be cleaned at least once per season, preferably in the fall before closing. You must clean your sand filter after encountering bouts of algae.

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Topics: Tips & Tricks, Filters & Cells

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

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