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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.

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.

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.

5 Pool Water Conservation Tips for Tampa & Brandon Pools

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Having a swimming pool in the Tampa or Brandon area does mean needing to use more water than the average non pool owner. But pool owners can be smart about how they preserve their water and significantly decrease their pool water loss by practicing these 5 pool water conservation tips:

  1. Cover Your Pool

You will lose a lot of water during the hot summer months due to water evaporation. By covering your pool whenever it is not in use, you can reduce this evaporation by as much as 97%. This means less pool refills, as well as better pool water heat retention and less debris in your water.

  1. Routinely Check for Leaks

When performing your regular maintenance rounds, see if there is any pool water in places it shouldn't be. A soggy lawn or inexplicable changes in water levels may indicate a pool leak. Check the pool and its components, and strongly consider calling a professional to investigate and repair your pool.

  1. Refill Your Pool in Spring and Fall

Choosing to refill your pool in early spring and November rather than during the summer time will result in less water wasted due to evaporation. Another benefit is that since water isn't in such high demand during these seasons, most can fill their pool in the spring or fall more inexpensively than if they do so during the summer.

  1. Don't Overfill

While on the topic of refilling the pool, make sure that you do not unnecessarily overfill your pool. Grab your hose and add only whatever inches are necessary on the day you are scheduled to water your lawn. Some may choose to use an auto-fill device, though a hose timer is usually more accurate.

  1. Add Splash Troughs

Splashing during the summer months is usually the primary cause of losing significant amounts of pool water in a week. Pool owners can minimize their water loss by having splash troughs installed around the pool. These very shallow lanes are able to capture most water that has splashed or spilled out of the pool and then channel the water directly into your pool.

 

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.

Tampa Bay Pools Featured Pool for June

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June Featured Tampa Bay & Brandon Pool of the Month

Tampa Bay Pools, your Tampa Bay & Clearwater pool builder, invites you to take a look at our June featured pool of the month. This luxurious family-friendly backyard has all of the elements of a fun filled afternoon or the ultimate pool party.

The custom swimming pool is a geometric pool (sometimes called a classic pool) with plenty of space for outdoor seating, creating the perfect outdoor retreat.   

This beautiful pool features:

  • Custom spa with jets to work out any stress or relax those aching muscles
  • Entry steps for easier access
  • Tanning ledge to relax and tan while staying cool
  • Fire bowls to create the perfect ambience
  • Outdoor living features
    • Outdoor fireplace
    • Covered patio
    • Outdoor kitchen

Contact Tampa Bay Pools to get started on your custom swimming pool. 

ABOUT THE COMPANY

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.

Get Fit with these New Year’s Resolution Worthy Pool Exercises

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Everyone loves a pool. They are the staple of fun for the whole family. You splash in them, you spend time with your family in them, and they make your life so much happier. However, apart from being fun and relaxing, pools are also a great way of keeping in shape. There are many different things that you can do to stay in shape using your very own pool. Here are some of our favorite pool exercises:

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Build a New Pool this Winter in Tampa Bay

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With winter around the corner, many people around America are getting ready to close their pools for the cold weather, thus ending the summer time fun. However, your custom Florida pool with Tampa Bay Pools is not closing any time soon. In fact, your home might be due for a huge makeover this holiday season. In Tampa Bay, winter is the absolute perfect time to have your brand new pool built or have your old one remodeled. This Christmas season, there are some amazing reasons that you should begin the construction or update of your pool. 

Perfect Prices

When people wait to spring or even summer, the new standards and prices roll around for what pools can cost and sometimes, the price will increase significantly from year to year and season to season. If you have your new pool built this winter, you can have an assurance that your price will not go up. The warmer months, in general, see a significant increase in the prices to contrast a new pool. Make this Christmas perfect and more affordable with a brand new pool. Do not let the rising prices of summer get the best of you buy saving some cash and investing in a brand new pool this winter.

Yard Work 

Every few years or so, all yards need certain maintenance work and updating. This can get pricey, especially during the warmer months. This winter, try having all of your landscaping and maintenance needs taken care of before the warmth of the sun returns. If you choose to go this route, then when summer gets here, you are not looking at ugly construction work around your pool area. This is the perfect way to have all of your yard and gardening needs seen to before summer returns. That way you can enjoy every aspect of your yard when the weather is hot again. 

Ready To Go

Right now, many Americans are trapped inside, looking out at a pool to frigid and cold to use. In Tampa Bay your pools are uncovered and still in use. However, if you do not have a pool already, it is the perfect time to invest because when summer rolls around, you will be ready to go and enjoy your brand new pool. No one wants to spend their summer months watching construction and sitting around the house. If you have your pool construction or remodeling needs taken care of in the winter, then when summer arrives once again, you can waste no time jumping in and enjoying the refreshing water. Enjoy the fun in the sun right on time with a new pool from Tampa Bay Pools.

Buy your brand new, luxurious pool this winter when you contact us for further information and assistance. 

Add These Amazing Features to Your Pool Today

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Your pool is an amazing amenity to your house and likely the favorite place for the family to get together and hang out. While your pool is already great, let’s turn things up a notch. Tampa Bay Pools will help provide you with some amazing features that are simply must-haves for your pool.

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