Tampa has a humid, subtropical climate, so frequent water tests and using the proper chemicals is crucial to keeping your swimming pool clean and healthy. Hot days and frequent thunderstorms during pool season mean water contaminants can reach dangerous levels. Rainwater carries bacteria and other contaminants into the pool. This causes water chemistry to change and become unbalanced, which makes chlorine ineffective. Proper water balance levels are an important element of pool maintenance. This allows chlorine to perform at its optimum level, reducing the need to continuously buy and add more. Stop by your neighborhood Pinch A Penny for a free water test to make sure your water chemistry is perfect!

Another note, the Tampa Bay area is famously known as the "Lightning Capital of North America," and pool owners should take pool safety very seriously. If any lightning is seen, swimmers should get out of the pool immediately and go indoors. There is no safe place outside when thunderstorms are in the area. If you hear thunder, you are likely within striking distance of the storm. Just remember, When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors! We offer a guide full of helpful tips on how to protect your pool and patio during severe weather, or you can pick up a free copy of our Pool Care Guide at your neighborhood Pinch A Penny.