Thursday, February 28, 2013

Swimming Pool Maintenance Tips & Secrets | Pool Installers Tampa | Clearwater

Keeping your pool healthy and clean can sometimes be a difficult job if you’re planning to do it yourself. Sometimes we let it turn out to be more work than actually needed. This is the main reason why most people hire a company to do the job. But hiring a company to for simple swimming pool maintenance can be expensive, when maintaining your pool yourself really isn’t that difficult.

If you follow the simple steps provided in this quick article it will help you actually spend more time IN the pool than out of it AND save you money!

5 Tips to Keep your Pool Healthy

  • Don’t use a pool testing kit on rainy and/or windy days – On rainy and windy days pool testing kits will sometimes give you a bad reading. Wait until a day after it stops raining to test the pool.
  • Check your pH levels twice a week – pH should be balanced anywhere from 7.2 – 7.6
  • Add anti-algae agents once a week
  • Shock your pool once a week – Add about one bag of shock per 10,000 gallons of water
  • Clean your filter – generally you should check your filter once a month, just to be safe, but you shouldn’t have to clean it that often…once every 6 months should be plenty.

If you follow these simple steps you will save time, money and aggravation. If you have any questions regarding your pool please feel free to contact us!

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Tampa - Clearwater

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Pool Builder Tampa | Pool of the Month Contest Winner | January 2013

Pool Builder Tampa | Pool of the Month

Congratulations to Lucy Clark, the winner of Tropical Pools and Pavers "Pool of the Month" contest for January, 2013!

If you’re not familiar with Tropical Pools and Pavers and are just finding this page in a search, please check out our website:

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More Pool of the Month Contest Info

Our Pool of the Month contest is a great place to show off your very own backyard paradise. One image is chosen every month to be posted as the Pool of the Month on our website! Winners will be selected from the photos that were received during the previous month and will be contacted via the email address submitted to let you know that you won!

If you would like to participate in our Pool of the Month contest, all you need to do is go to the Tropical Pools and Pavers Pool of the Month page, upload your photo, and give us some information about your pool. It’s perfectly fine to submit a photo of your pool that you took previous to the current month.

February's winner will be chosen on March 1st, so send us your photos, there's still time!

We'd like to thank everyone for all the great photos that have been submitted since we've started this contest.

Thursday, January 31, 2013

Pool Resurfacing Tampa | Clearwater | St. Petersburg

Is your pool starting to show signs of age? Looking to resurface your pool? Unfortunately, swimming pool resurfacing may be necessary for an aged or damaged pool. The good news is: most pool surfaces can be restored to their original condition with the right materials and techniques. Pool resurfacing your aged pool will make it easier and less costly to maintain, as well as perk up the cosmetic appeal of the pool.

Whether you're looking for a complete redesign of your pool or pool resurfacing Tampa pool builders are dedicated to fulfilling all your swimming pool needs. Let our experts come and inspect your pool. You may find that your pool finish is just stained or the tile is old and/or outdated.

Pool Surfaces 

There are a pretty wide variety of pool resurfacing options available. Our experienced pool builders will work closely with you to choose the option that best fits your needs. No one type of pool surface is better than the other. It all depends on what would work best for you.

The three main pool surfaces are:
  • Concrete
  • Vinyl
  • Fiberglass
Concrete pools have more choices for their design and surfacing options. You can have plaster, marble, tile, glass bead, and many other designs. Vinyl pools must be resurfaced with a vinyl liner. Vinyl liners come in a variety of colors and patterns that will fit any pool. Fiberglass pools are prefabricated. Resurfacing a fiberglass pool requires total fiberglass shell replacement. When choosing the right pool surface, usually the 3 most important things to think about are: cost, color, and texture. There are pros and cons to all of them. Let us help you make the right decision!

If you’re thinking you might need pool resurfacing Tampa has the best pool builder for the job: Tropical Pools and Pavers! Our pool builders will sit down with you, learn your situation and help you decide which option is best for you. Check out our website:

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Health Advantages with In Ground Hot Tubs

When most people think of having in ground hot tubs in their backyard, they traditionally regard them as a luxury. Although they’re definitely nice to have for relaxation and family fun, in ground hot tubs can be used for a number of health benefits, like:
  • Type 2 Diabetes
  • Insomnia
  • Arthritis
  • Muscle relaxation
  • Stress relief
In ground hot tubs Tropical Pools and Pavers
In ground hot tubs are very often overlooked by doctors prescribing their patients for these very painful conditions. But, it is important to know that they definitely have a positive impact on several conditions.

Let’s go over the benefits of having one if you have these conditions.

Type 2 Diabetes

Thousands of people are diagnosed with type 2 diabetes every year. Unfortunately, very few are actually aware of how much in ground hot tubs can actually help them. Studies have shown that even as little as 20 or 30 minutes in a hot tub daily can reduce blood sugar levels substantially. In most cases blood sugar levels are lowered by more than 10%. This reduction will greatly improve the lives of type 2 sufferers without the use of daily drugs.


I don’t know about you, but for me sleep is one of my favorite past-times. If I don’t get my 8 hours – or at least 6 – I’m pretty much useless. Did you know that up to 75% of the US population reports that they’ve suffered from some sort of insomnia? Studies show that a drop in body temperature right before going to bed will help put you into a deep sleep. What happens is 30 minutes in the hot tub raises your body temperature, and when you get out your body temperature drops, resulting in falling into a deep sleep.


Reports have said in many cases a 20-30 minute session in their in ground hot tubs have provided enough pain relief to make it possible to finish their daily tasks without pain. The pain is relieved by a combination of three things:
  • Heat
  • Buoyancy
  • Massage properties

Tropical Pools and Pavers | Spa and Pool Builders | Tampa | Clearwater | St. Petersburg

Tropical Pools and Pavers can add a hot tub to your existing pool, build stand-alone in ground hot tubs, or rebuild or repair your existing hot tub. We are hot tub and pool builders with over 25 years experience and are very well known throughout Florida as one of the top pool and paver companies in the business. If you suffer from any of these conditions, we feel it will be well worth the money you will spend to have a hot tub installed. Feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns you may have about your pool or hot tub needs.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

2012: Hottest Year Recorded in the US | Custom Pool St Petersburg

Custom Pool St Petersburg
The official numbers are in! 2012 was the hottest year EVER recorded in the United States! Sounds like it might be time to get that swimming pool! If you need a custom pool St Petersburg has them!

St Petersburg is pretty hot during the summer. If you’re from Tampa Bay, you know the weather in the whole area is very hot in the summer, so don’t wait for another record year in 2013, get the pool you’ve always dreamed of having!

Curtis and Ronnie Larson (owners of Tropical Pools and Pavers) are two brothers with 23 years of experience in the pool and paving industry. They are recognized and respected throughout the Tampa Bay area as some of the best pool builders in the industry. Not many pool companies can say that.

Record Temperatures

So, just how hot was it in 2012? The difference in temperature year to year is usually measured in fractions of a degree, but last year’s average temp surpassed the previous record by a whole degree: at 55.3 degrees! This record has been rising for years, but never as much as it did in 2012.

“The heat was remarkable,” said Jake Crouch, who is a scientist with the National Climatic Data Center. “It was prolonged. That we beat the record by one degree is quite a big deal.”

This record is for the United States, and is not expected to be a global temperature record when figures are released. This year there was a La NiƱa weather pattern, which cools global climate, so scientists don’t expect it to be the worlds hottest year; probably the eighth or ninth.

Among the cities that set temperature records in 2012 were:
  • Nashville, Tn 
  • Athens, Ga 
  • Cairo, Ill 
  • Greenville, S.C. 
  • Lamar, Co
If you need a custom pool St Petersburg has them! Call Tropical Pools and Pavers today!