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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

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

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 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