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The Health Benefits of a Custom Spa

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We are always looking for ways to improve our health. Diet and exercise are the first two that might spring to mind, but what about other ways to improve your overall health? Don’t overlook the custom spa or spa, which offers important health benefits.

Stress Relief

When you work hard, whether at home or on the job, it causes stress. Stress can manifest in many ways physically. Spending some time in a custom spa can help you to reduce the negative effects that stress has on your body.

Warm water causes your blood vessels to dilate, which increases blood flow and lowers your blood pressure. This, in turn, increases the amount of blood that gets to your muscles and brain relaxing you and helping you to reduce stress.

Reduces Pain

Do you suffer from issues like back pain or arthritis? Several medical studies have shown that these types of issues can be helped by spending some time in the custom spa. Sufferers of chronic lower back issues and arthritis have reported that time spent in the warm water help to reduce pain and relieve the symptoms of these issues.

Exercise

Wouldn’t you love to exercise by simply relaxing in a custom spa?  Soaking in a custom spa or spa gets your blood flowing which is similar to the effects of cardiovascular exercise.  The warm water and jets increase your heart rate while at the same time lowering blood pressure.  Although you don’t burn the calories associated with cardiovascular exercise, regular use of a custom spa or spa can give you the some of the health benefits of exercise without causing stress on your heart.

Massage Therapy

One of the most beneficial parts of a custom spa are the water jets. These jets create pressure on you in the same way you would experience if you were getting a massage. Most custom spas can be configured to change the pressure and amount of water that comes through the jets and this can help you to hit certain spots on your body in need of a massage.

Massages help to loosen up cramped or tightened muscles. This allows you more range of motion. It also alleviates pain that can be caused by sore or overworked muscles. A good custom spa will let you configure the jet to hit just the right spot that needs it.

 

About Tampa Bay Pools

Tampa Bay Pools is a custom pool builder serving Tampa Bay, Brandon, Clearwater, and St. Petersburg areas, who understands the importance and value of your own backyard escape. That’s why we build spectacular new inground swimming pools that are easy to maintain.

We offer a wide variety of custom projects including residential or commercial swimming pool building, stunning custom features to customize your pool, outdoor enclosures for your backyard oasis, and custom spas.

Our pools can be designed to fit any style or budget; we even offer swimming pool financing options.

Preparing Your Pool for a Hurricane

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Here in the Tampa Bay area, it isn't uncommon to have one or more hurricanes sweep through our city between June and November. While most of us are familiar with battening down the hatches and have memorized surrounding evacuation routes, one of the least considered items are preparing pool for a hurricane.

Before the Storm Hits

There are a number of things you can do when preparing pool for a hurricane:

  • Check the water level. DO NOT drain the pool. If you are going to reduce the water level, make sure that you close your skimmer valve.  This will prevent any damage to the pump when the power is restored.
  • Add some extra chlorine. The additional chlorine you add before the storm sweeps excess debris and rain water into your pool will go a long way in preventing contamination.
  • Turn off all electrical power to your pool at the breaker and gas supply at your meter. Your pump, motor, lighting, chlorinators and other equipment should be completely shut off.
  • Waterproof your electrical pool equipment. Any pool equipment that is exposed to the elements should be removed and stored if possible. Alternatively, make sure that a waterproof membrane or a plastic bag is secured over top of your equipment.
  • Put away all loose items. Toys, skimmer lids, tables, chairs and other items around the pool can all become dangerous and even deadly projectiles when the high hurricane winds hit. Store them inside a secured area and do not toss them into the pool unless that is your only option. If you have time, consider trimming branches and limbs of trees which you suspect may become airborne.
  • Do not cover the pool. High winds can potentially rip that cover right off of your pool, and falling branches or other debris can damage it. If you have already closed your pool for the winter, use the hose to add some extra water on top of your solid cover and water bags to secure the edges. If you have an above ground pool, hang weights and use wall bags or cover clips.

If your pool is enclosed or screened, remove a couple of mid-level panels above the hair on each side so that the wind can blow through without resistance. This can help prevent costly damage.

After the Storm Clears

Once the storm has passed, do not empty your pool and do the following instead to restore your pool water to crystal clear:

  • Remove debris from your pool. Use a rake and a skimmer to get rid of any branches, leaves and other debris before you restart your pool system (this will go a long way in preventing clogged lines). If you have a chemical feeder, remember that they require special attention prior to starting the pump motor.
  • Remove any waterproofing material from your electrical equipment. If your motor has been submerged, take it to a professional to be properly cleaned and dried.
  • Superchlorinate your pool. Heavy rain will upset the mineral balance necessary to protect the equipment and the finish of your pool. When your chlorine residual returns to normal levels, test the water for proper balance or take it to a professional pool company to do it for you.
  • Run your equipment. The last step to preparing pool for a hurricane is making sure that the pump is operating properly and that water is circulating in your pool. Continue to run your filter until the water is crystal clear, and then all that's left to do is to slip into the refreshing waters of your pool!

 

About Tampa Ba Pools

Tampa Bay Pools is a custom pool builder serving Tampa Bay, Brandon, Clearwater, and St. Petersburg areas, who understands the importance and value of your own backyard escape. That’s why we build spectacular new inground swimming pools that are easy to maintain.

We offer a wide variety of custom projects including residential or commercial swimming pool building, stunning custom features to customize your pool, outdoor enclosures for your backyard oasis, and custom spas.

Our pools can be designed to fit any style or budget; we even offer swimming pool financing options.

Water Features That Perfectly Complement a Modern Geometric Pool

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Geometric pools have quickly climbed the ranks in pool popularity and are now among one of the most commonly found pool designs in Tampa Bay backyards today. Being nearly as flexible as a freeform pool but offering flattering and well defined lines and edges, some water features tend to complement geometric poolscapes more than others. Below are just a handful of the water features you may want to consider for your modern pool:

Feature #1: Scuppers

Scuppers are a staple water feature for almost every geometric pool design. The appearance of this water feature can vary from incredibly simplistic to ornate and complicated. Many pool owners will choose to incorporate scuppers:

  • Within planter boxes
  • Along a raised spa (the spa is usually attached)
  • Along walls which border the pool

This water feature is typically incorporated in pairs or sets of three, though pool owners can choose to have as many as necessary for the desired audible and visual effect.

Feature #2: In-Pool Fountains

This water feature may have taken a backseat in recent years to other new cutting edge options, but it is making strong comeback as geometric pools increase in desirability. The in-pool fountain brings an element of sophistication and opulence while still being an incredibly fun feature for kids and adults alike.

Feature #3: Sheer Descent Waterfalls

Arguably the most complimentary water feature to the geometric pool given its matching crisp lines is the sheer descent waterfall. Unlike the typical bubbling rock waterfall which often accompanies freeform pools, the sheer descent provides a smooth cascade of water that continuously pours into the pool. Not only is it a visual delight, but many include this waterfall in their pool designs because of its therapeutic qualities.

Looking for more ideas? Take a look at our photo gallery for more inspiration on you next pool design project!

 

About Tampa Bay Pools

Tampa Bay Pools is a custom pool builder serving Tampa Bay, Brandon, Clearwater, and St. Petersburg areas, who understands the importance and value of your own backyard escape. That’s why we build spectacular new inground swimming pools that are easy to maintain.

We offer a wide variety of custom projects including residential or commercial swimming pool building, stunning custom features to customize your pool, outdoor enclosures for your backyard oasis, and custom spas.

Our pools can be designed to fit any style or budget; we even offer swimming pool financing options.

The Total Zodiac System Will Make You Rethink Pool Equipment

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Taking care of your pool has come a long way in the past 10 years. As technology advances, pool equipment is no exception. New pool technology is smarter, easier to use, and helps you save energy, and therefore, money.

At Tampa Bay Pools, we proudly supply all of our pools with top-of-the-line Zodiac products. The best brands in pool care all operate under Zodiac’s over 100 year commitment to excellence.

The Total Zodiac System is the ultimate in ease, comfort, and cost-savings for pool owners who care about quality.  

Automation

The AquaLink pool automation system gives Tampa Bay pool owners complete pool and spa control with the touch of a button. You can easily adjust water temperature, turn your outdoor lights on and off, and maintain optimum convenience and efficiency with the ease of using a smartphone app.  

Sanitation

Zodiac's leading salt sanitizing pool technology increases swimmer enjoyment and peace of mind. Salt sanitization gives you clean, clear, and sparkling water without that effects of harsh chemicals. It also eliminates odors while killing dangerous bacteria and viruses. Salt sanitization continues to work long after chlorine has depleted.

Eco-Friendly

Sure, we love saving the environment. But we also love saving money. With the Total Zodiac System for your Brandon or Tampa Bay pool, you’ll be using less harmful chemicals and reducing energy use. Zodiac energy-efficient cleaners use about the same energy as an 80-watt light bulb. Their energy-efficient pumps can be integrated into a system that can save you up to $1,300 a year.

A pool outfitted with the Total Zodiac System will be worry-free and make owning a Tampa Bay or Clearwater pool even more enjoyable than it already is. If you value getting the highest quality while saving time and money, there’s no other option than Zodiac and Tampa Bay Pools.

About Tampa Bay Pools

Tampa Bay Pools is a custom pool builder serving Tampa Bay, Brandon, Clearwater, and St. Petersburg areas, who understands the importance and value of your own backyard escape. That’s why we build spectacular new inground swimming pools that are easy to maintain.

We offer a wide variety of custom projects including residential or commercial swimming pool building, stunning custom features to customize your pool, outdoor enclosures for your backyard oasis, and custom spas.

Our pools can be designed to fit any style or budget; we even offer swimming pool financing options.

3 Reasons to Build a Custom Pool in Tampa Bay

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Life is about moments and creating memories. One of the main reasons people come to us is to  create an outdoor space they can enjoy for many years to come.

When you make the choice to add a custom swimming pool in Tampa Bay, you are not simply creating a fun way to escape the Tampa Bay heat. Some of your favorite memories will be of times spent together enjoying this investment. Here are 3 reasons a swimming pool is the best gift you can give your family.

1. Develop Skills & a Passion for Swimming

Many children first learn to swim in their family pool. This early learning provides many great benefits, such as confidence in the water. Knowing how to swim as soon as possible is an important water safety factor, especially when a child has a pool available to use often. In turn, this will  pave the way to a love for swimming and might open doors that you never imagined. Think of all the top Olympic swimmers—each had a starting point to their journey. For many, that point was the family pool.

2. Make Lasting Memories

When your children or grandchildren look back on their childhood, they will never forget the fun times that they had in the family pool. They might learn to swim, or spend time with family at holiday events or weekend get-togethers, all while sharing laughs in and around the custom pool that was designed for your home. Celebrate in style with innovative design that brings a smile to everyone’s face. Each day spent with your loved ones around the pool is a good day.

3. Create a Retreat

Swimming pools are a lot of fun. In fact, once you have yours installed, you might never want to book a vacation away from your home again. Create the perfect backyard retreat, whether that is a lagoon style pool with waterfalls or a sleek contemporary pool with a raised spa. Visually pleasing effects, such as waterfalls or fire bowls will add to the excitement and make your family feel as if they are in their own luxury resort.  This is your family's retreat away from the world.

4. Build A Custom Pool

A swimming pool is a great investment for you and your family. From learning to swim to creating your own oasis, you simply cannot go wrong when you decide to install a pool. You can jump start your journey to joyful experiences with the ones you love most by contacting Tampa Bay Pools today.

 

About Tampa Bay Pools

Tampa Bay Pools is a custom pool builder serving Tampa Bay, Brandon, Clearwater, and St. Petersburg areas, who understands the importance and value of your own backyard escape. That’s why we build spectacular new inground swimming pools that are easy to maintain.

We offer a wide variety of custom projects including residential or commercial swimming pool building, stunning custom features to customize your pool, outdoor enclosures for your backyard oasis, and custom spas.

Our pools can be designed to fit any style or budget; we even offer swimming pool financing options.

Last-Minute Fourth of July Party Planning

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So it’s just a few days until the Fourth of July and everyone is coming to your house to enjoy your awesome backyard and beautiful Tampa Bay pool. There’s only one problem. The summer has flown by and what was June is quickly turning into July and you haven’t planned anything yet. Well, have no fear because we have some great last-minute Fourth of July party planning ideas.

Food and Drink

Make it easy by sticking to the staples. Grab some hot dogs and burgers (don’t forget the buns) and get a variety of condiments to give guests a choice. It’d also be a good idea to get some cheap containers to keep food in and keep the bugs away. Remember to get plenty of plates, silverware, cups, napkins, and buy them in red, white, and blue if possible for some easy decorating. Load up on drinks and chips, buy some cookies and sweets, and you’ll be set.

Pro-tip: Ask guests to bring a side dish or dessert of their choice.

Decorations

Flags are what you need for a Fourth of July party. Most stores will have a wide selection of miniature flags that you can stock up on and place strategically around the backyard. There will also be big selections of pretty much everything you need in red, white, and blue. A place like Party City will have more decorations and supplies than you could ever need. Head there and get your decorations done in no time.

Pro-tip: Buy plain white cups and provide red and blue markers to create their own party cup.

Fun and Games

Besides the pool, provide guests with other ways to have fun while at the party. Depending on your local laws, fire crackers are always a good idea. Of course, sparklers and snappers (those little paper things that pop when you throw them) should be ok everywhere. Black cats and really loud fireworks will depend on your guests. Small kids probably won’t like them and if the pets will be attending it’s probably a good idea to skip them. If nothing else, get some bubbles for the kids to blow and chase around.

If it’s a more adult party, the drinks will probably be a large part of the fun at any Fourth of July party. However, good music will always help and larger fireworks might be in order. Just stay safe and follow local laws. Adults will, of course, also appreciate the pool and getting a big Fourth of July themed pool float will be fun and be another easy decoration. Water guns are fun for all ages.

The Perfect Party Setting

With a Tampa Bay pool, backyard entertaining is easy. We’ve been designing and building perfect party settings for over 15 years. We’ve gotten quite a few awards along the way and offer hundreds of design choices that let you make it yours.

Talk to a Tampa Bay customer and they’ll tell you about our family values and customer service too. So if you have a Tampa Bay pool, enjoy your easy Fourth of July backyard party. If you don’t have one yet, get in touch with us and start enjoying parties year-round.  

 

About Tampa Bay Pools

Tampa Bay Pools is a custom pool builder serving Tampa Bay, Brandon, Clearwater, and St. Petersburg areas, who understands the importance and value of your own backyard escape. That’s why we build spectacular new inground swimming pools that are easy to maintain.

We offer a wide variety of custom projects including residential or commercial swimming pool building, stunning custom features to customize your pool, outdoor enclosures for your backyard oasis, and custom spas.

Our pools can be designed to fit any style or budget; we even offer swimming pool financing options.

Outdoor Kitchens – Keeping the Critters Away

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Since the Fourth of July is just a few days away, there’s probably a good chance you’re getting ready to host a backyard cookout. You love having people over and showing off your Tampa Bay outdoor kitchen, but you’re not a fan of uninvited guests. Even the cleanest outdoor dining areas can have a bug or two show up. Here are some tips to keep the critters away while you serve up some delicious grub.  

Bug Lanterns

Bug lanterns can be a discrete and healthy way to keep pests like wasps, bees, and mosquitoes far away from your food and friends.  You'll need to place them strategically in your garden so that they aren't within the dining and main gathering areas, yet close enough to attract and dispose of the bugs so they don't harass your visitors.

Tiki Torches and Candles

Alternatively, you can choose more attractive critter-condemning devices like tiki torches and candles. These can be placed throughout the entire backyard, on table tops and countertops, and other places bugs might be drawn to. Combine these with bug lanterns, and you're well on your way to a pest-free meal.

Foggers/Chemicals

This type of treatment will need to be done before guests arrive, as the chemicals are poisonous and hazardous if inhaled. Make sure that you cover up your countertops, tabletops, and appliances before fogging your outdoor kitchen.

Covers and Colanders

If you plan on leaving food out on the table for guests to pick and choose from (i.e. buffet style), then you'll want to have covers and colanders on top of the food. These ensures your appetizers and entrees aren’t easily accessible to bugs, but easily accessible to your guests.

Deck Covers and Nets

Some areas are far more mosquito prone than others, so it may be a wise decision to cover the patio area with a patio net or deck cover.  This way, your guests can enjoy themselves comfortably without constantly being on the lookout for flying bugs

Clean Up and Mow

The best tip is always to practice prevention. This means mowing your lawn and trimming any long grasses to keep bugs at bay.  Also be sure to dump out or drain any standing water in planters or anywhere else it can collect.

While entertaining, provide a number of easily accessible trash receptacles so that guests can clean up after themselves, and so that you have an easy time cleaning up after any event. Seal everything up and stow bags in containers that pests cannot get into.

With these simple tips, your outdoor kitchen and dining area will be pleasant and pest-free for the party.

 

About Tampa Bay Pools

Tampa Bay Pools is a custom pool builder serving Tampa Bay, Brandon, Clearwater, and St. Petersburg areas, who understands the importance and value of your own backyard escape. That’s why we build spectacular new inground swimming pools that are easy to maintain.

We offer a wide variety of custom projects including residential or commercial swimming pool building, stunning custom features to customize your pool, outdoor enclosures for your backyard oasis, and custom spas.

Our pools can be designed to fit any style or budget; we even offer swimming pool financing options.

Discover Your Dream Pool with MyStaycation Builder

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Are you ready to build a pool, but don’t know where to start when it comes to the design? If your answer is yes, then the Tampa Bay Pools MyStaycation Builder tool is perfect for you. This online tool allows you come to our showroom fully prepared to discuss the next steps of your pool project.

Powerful Pool-Designing Features

Start with a blank slate for your backyard and add features to make your dream pool a reality. You can drag and drop various features including decking, water features, and different types of swimming pools. Make a mistake? No worries, you can delete individual elements without affecting the overall design of your backyard. Think that Azalea tree would look better on the other side of the pool? Go ahead and move it over to see which location would suit your needs best.

Discover Your Backyard Needs

Create multiple designs to compare your backyard needs. With MyStaycation Builder, you can save your designs and create new ones with only a few clicks! Discover what kind of pools and water features work best with the landscaping that is currently in your backyard or which kinds of landscaping you’d like to add in the future. Use this visual representation to show your Tampa Bay Pools custom pool designer what you need in a clear and easy to understand manner.

Feel Prepared and Empowered

With the MyStacation Builder, you can walk into your design consultation meeting with us and feel confident that you’re getting exactly what you want. No longer will you have to listen to design ideas that would never work for you or your backyard. You can even save your design and send it to your Tampa Bay Pools designer to help us expedite the design and construction process.

Preview our MyStaycation Builder [LINK] and start creating the backyard of your dreams. When you’re ready to begin your project, be sure to visit a trusted pool builder like Tampa Bay Pools. We’d love to make your dream a reality and help you along the way in every step of the pool designing and building process!

 

About Tampa Bay Pools

Tampa Bay Pools is a custom pool builder serving Tampa Bay, Brandon, Clearwater, and St. Petersburg areas, who understands the importance and value of your own backyard escape. That’s why we build spectacular new inground swimming pools that are easy to maintain.

We offer a wide variety of custom projects including residential or commercial swimming pool building, stunning custom features to customize your pool, outdoor enclosures for your backyard oasis, and custom spas.

Our pools can be designed to fit any style or budget; we even offer swimming pool financing options.

The Benefits of Owning a Pool in Tampa Bay

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When you reflect on the summers of your childhood,  some of your fondest memories were probably spent in the water. Maybe your family owned their own custom swimming pool and this led you to develop a passion for swimming and a thirst for the fun that only a pool can provide. Regardless of where these desires were sparked, you are now considering building your own custom pool at your Tampa Bay home.

If you are still undecided whether to invest in a swimming pool in Tampa Bay, there’s good news - building a swimming pool is a wise investment and increases your property value. If that isn’t reason enough, here are the many benefits of pool ownership.

Beneficial to Your Health

Health is not normally one of the first thoughts that people have when deciding to build a custom swimming pool, but it is a major benefit. Having a swimming pool gives you a great excuse to get out of the house and engage in some outdoor physical activity. This is also great for those who have families, as nobody loves taking a swim on a hot summer day more than children. If you are looking for a low impact way to get a full body workout, swimming is the perfect exercise. You will find that swimming regularly increases your mobility, improves your cardio and can even help you to lose weight. Psychologically, swimming is an excellent way to relieve stress. Owning a swimming pool can have a positive influence on your health.

Fun for the Friends and Family

One of the main reasons why people get swimming pools is to have a unique place to entertain their friends and family. The occasional pool party is always a great way to bring friends and families together.  Speaking of your outdoor space, have you considered building an outdoor kitchen or adding additional features to your pool area, such as a fire pit? These are the perfect features for those who enjoy entertaining regularly.

Increase Property Value

Did you know that adding a beautiful custom swimming pool to your property will increase the value of your home. If you ever do decide to sell, buyers appreciate the option of having a swimming pool already on the lot. Many potential buyers are in search of homes that have pools, specifically due to the climate of the area. If you would like a way to increase your property value as well as the amount of joy that your home brings to your family, invest in a swimming pool and reap the benefits.

Enjoy Quality Time Outdoors

Perhaps the biggest advantage to being a pool owner is that it will allow you to build on those childhood memories of summers that were spent in the water. You can also help your children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews to create their own memories and in turn spark their own passions; a swimming pool is an investment that will give for generations.

About Tampa Bay Pools

Tampa Bay Pools is a custom pool builder serving Tampa Bay, Brandon, Clearwater, and St. Petersburg areas, who understands the importance and value of your own backyard escape. That’s why we build spectacular new inground swimming pools that are easy to maintain.

We offer a wide variety of custom projects including residential or commercial swimming pool building, stunning custom features to customize your pool, outdoor enclosures for your backyard oasis, and custom spas.

Our pools can be designed to fit any style or budget; we even offer swimming pool financing options.

Grown-Up Pool Toys that will Help You Beat the Heat

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It’s almost that time of year again…splashing in the pool while cooling down and creating memories with friends and family. As you start prepping your pool, make sure you consider the games and fun your guests will have in your pool. Learn about these grown-up pool toys that are fun for everyone!

The first type of pool toys that are always a big hit are floats

One of the most relaxing things you can do on a hot day is to lounge on a floating raft and soak up the sun. Well, did you know that there are many other great kinds of floats for adults to enjoy? For example, you can purchase a floating golf green that will help you perfect the chip shot! You can also get a floating iceberg that will challenge your guests to a climbing adventure in your pool! No matter which one you choose, floats are a great grown-up pool toy!

There are also great pool toys that do not float at all.

If you want to propel through the water like a graceful dolphin, you can purchase a propulsion vehicle. Take your game of Marco Polo to the next level by scooting yourself through the water in a blink of an eye!

Upgrade your pool area with a rock wall that attaches to the side of your pool. This device can help you and your guests become better climbers while having fun at the same time. If you fall off the rock wall, you land right in the pool.  

If you like to jam out to some tunes while swimming, be sure to pick up a waterproof portable speaker for you to use. Play your favorite songs without worrying about water damage to the speaker.

No matter which one of the grown-up pool toys you choose, you can’t go wrong. Don’t have a pool? Well, at Tampa Bay Pools, we’ve been building custom pools for nearly 20 years. Contact us today to get started on designing your perfect pool for your backyard fun!

 

About Tampa Bay Pools

Tampa Bay Pools is a custom pool builder serving Tampa Bay, Brandon, Clearwater, and St. Petersburg areas, who understands the importance and value of your own backyard escape. That’s why we build spectacular new inground swimming pools that are easy to maintain.

We offer a wide variety of custom projects including residential or commercial swimming pool building, stunning custom features to customize your pool, outdoor enclosures for your backyard oasis, and custom spas.

Our pools can be designed to fit any style or budget; we even offer swimming pool financing options.