Taylor sureTRACK test strips gives a water reading in seconds

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After a long, grueling day, there’s nothing you want to do more than hop in your pool for a quick swim or soak in your sauna. But you want to make sure that your pool and sauna are at the appropriate chemical levels for doing that. With the Taylor sureTRACK test strips, you can get accurate chemical readings in the matter of seconds without any gadgetry.

The Taylor sureTRACK test strips come in the sureTRACK-4 and the sureTRACK-6 varieties. The sureTRACK-4 monitors the basic chemicals that contribute to determining whether water is safe for swimming, as it has color-coded indicators for determining levels of free chlorine and bromine along with pH and total alkalinity levels. The sureTRACK-6 tests for the above factors but also has tests for water hardness and for the amount of cynaric acid. Either way, the sureTRACK test strips are handy items for testing the chemical quality and safety of your water.

Along with that, they are easy to use. How easy? This is how to use the sureTRACK test strips.

  • Immerse the strip pads into water: As the linked brochure specifies, try not to do this test around a chemical feeder or dead zone, as that can give you a skewed result. Just find a place in your pool away from filters or feeders and dip the test strip pads into water until it is completely immersed.
  • Hold the strip horizontally while the chemical reactions take place: It takes roughly 20 seconds for the readings to settle into the correct zones, which is nice and quick.
  • Compare the color on the strip to the corresponding color key: Once the chemical reading settles, each indicator will be a certain color. Compare those colors to the included color key to get the readings. Each color will have a numeric value attributed to it, along with the recommended safe specs for each test.

From there, you can use the readings to find the desired balance in your water. The sureTRACK allows you to buy one set of strips instead of multiple sets of strips and the container prevents moisture from seeping in and compromising unused strips, giving them a shelf life of up to two years. These strips are available for a fee, so ask us about sureTRACK today!


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Ultimate Pools has been a leader in pool building and outdoor improvements in Magnolia, The Woodlands and Southeast Texas since 1991, specializing as a pool builder since 1999. From pools, waterfalls, hot tubs, decks, outdoor kitchens and outdoor improvements, Ultimate Pools will provide the highest of quality and customer service to you. Surf our website, send us an email, give us a call at (936) 321-9632, or visit our offices at 5170 FM 1488, Magnolia, TX 77354 today!

Use ScreenLogic to control your pool remotely

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Let’s say you’re sitting in your office on a Friday, counting down the hours till the weekend. After a long week of work, all you want to do is just jump in your pool — and you want to do it immediately upon arriving home. With the ScreenLogic interface, you can get your ideal weekend siesta started with your smartphone, tablet or computer.

The ScreenLogic is an automation bundle that can be synced with Pentair products that you’ve already purchased such as IntelliChem, allowing you to create the perfect aquatic environment from a remote location. You can program your pool to be at your desired temperature from your office or your car (obviously do this when parked or stopped at a stop light) and you can use ScreenLogic with IntelliChem to set your water at its designed pH and ORP (Oxidization Reduction Potential) levels. No more waiting around until you get home until you can make your pool jump-in ready: You can hop into your Ultimate Pools pool right away with the ScreenLogic.

Along with water chemistry and temperature, the ScreenLogic can be synced with exterior pool features from your smartphone or tablet. You can use the interface to adjust lighting amount and color, set timers for the activation of waterfalls and fountains, and monitor all of the major functions of your pool from wherever you are — whether you are laying down on the couch in your house or are several time zones away. The interface also stores a history of your readings to let you know how they are evolving throughout the course of time. You can also use the interface to help keep energy costs down while you are out of town.

Once you have purchased the ScreenLogic interface, you can go to the Apple App Store or Google Play to download the Pentair ScreenLogic interface. Once you do that, you’ll be able to control all of your pool’s essential functions from your mobile device. Ask us about ScreenLogic today!


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Ultimate Pools has been a leader in pool building and outdoor improvements in Magnolia, The Woodlands and Southeast Texas since 1991, specializing as a pool builder since 1999. From pools, waterfalls, hot tubs, decks, outdoor kitchens and outdoor improvements, Ultimate Pools will provide the highest of quality and customer service to you. Surf our website, send us an email, give us a call at (936) 321-9632, or visit our offices at 5170 FM 1488, Magnolia, TX 77354 today!

Happy Thanksgiving from Ultimate Pools!

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An Ultimate Pools swimming pool isn’t just for relaxing on hot summer days, as Thanksgiving is the perfect time to take a dip. You have to burn off those calories from the turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes and pumpkin pie somehow, right? So after stuffing your face and taking a nap, jump into your pool and enjoy Thanksgiving in style. After all, you have to produce room for leftovers somehow!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!


Discover Ultimate Pools

Ultimate Pools has been a leader in pool building and outdoor improvements in Magnolia, The Woodlands and Southeast Texas since 1991, specializing as a pool builder since 1999. From pools, waterfalls, hot tubs, decks, outdoor kitchens and outdoor improvements, Ultimate Pools will provide the highest of quality and customer service to you. Surf our website, send us an email, give us a call at (936) 321-9632, or visit our offices at 5170 FM 1488, Magnolia, TX 77354 today!

How to remove leaves from your swimming pool

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As we roll into the middle and later stages of autumn, leaves start to change color. Then the leaves fall off trees completely. When you are living in Southeast Texas (especially in a community such as The Woodlands that is centered around trees), this process is a rite of fall. But while the cascade of red, orange and yellow leaves can be quite beautiful, they can also be quite a pain to clean up. And we’re not simply talking about raking the yard.

Leaves can also be a nuisance to your swimming pool if you allow them to accumulate and float around on the water. Not only can they leave dirt and debris in the water, but they can also get stuck in your filters and manifold, sabotaging their effectiveness in filtering other debris that gets caught in your pool. Leaving leaves in the pool also diminishes the effectiveness of your pool cleaner. Breaking up leaves is difficult for pool cleaners, as parts of them can get stuck in the cleaner — similar to a vacuum’s effectiveness being diminished after it sucks a large object. This will result in a mobile pool cleaner that is compromised or completely ineffective.

And all of this doesn’t take into account what happens when the leaves absorb moisture and sink the surface of the pool. Not only can unattended leaves cause ugly stains at the sides or the bottom of your pool, but the deposits from the leaves can also make it easier for algae to bloom. And, as we’ve written before, that can be quite the problem in itself. And having a once-a-week maintenance visit isn’t enough to keep the leaves at bay.

Steps to take care of leaves

So how can you minimize the impact of fallen leaves on your swimming pool. Here are three things you can do.

  • Drag the leaves out of your pool with a rake: If you don’t have a pool rake with a net attached to pick up leaves, purchase one immediately. Dragging the surface and bottom of the pool right after leaves fall off the trees only takes a few minutes and can save you loads of work and stress down the road. If you rake the pool and pick up the big stuff early, it makes it easier for your cleaner and your filters to take care of the rest.
  • Scrub the sides and the bottom of your pool: Even if you have been able to clean all of the big leaves out of your pool, scrubbing your pool is a necessary pre-emptive step toward preventing against stains and future algae growth. Taking a pool brush and doing a solid, hard scrub of the sides and the bottom of your pool will go a long way in preventing stains. Stains are a lot easier to manage before they show up, so scrub your pool.
  • Clean your filters: Even if there aren’t leaves stuck in the filter, it’s good to get whatever gunk is in there out of the system periodically. Doing this at least once a season is necessary to keep your pool filtration on point. The best way to do this is with a mixture of 80 percent water and 20 percent muratic acid. A little muratic acid goes a long way in not only breaking up solid particles, but can also cut away at the film that results from debris. Weakening those elements allow them to be filtered out better or sucked up by your mobile cleaner.

Fall leaves are pretty, but that beauty doesn’t have to cause frustration down the road. A little maintenance with leaves now allows you to enjoy more football and apple cider later.


Discover Ultimate Pools

Ultimate Pools has been a leader in pool building and outdoor improvements in Magnolia, The Woodlands and Southeast Texas since 1991, specializing as a pool builder since 1999. From pools, waterfalls, hot tubs, decks, outdoor kitchens and outdoor improvements, Ultimate Pools will provide the highest of quality and customer service to you. Surf our website, send us an email, give us a call at (936) 321-9632, or visit our offices at 5170 FM 1488, Magnolia, TX 77354 today!

Instead of Back To The Future, Ultimate Pools goes back to the past

With Wednesday being Back To The Future Day, it seems like Thursday is an opportune time for another Throwback Thursday. So enjoy some early construction photos of a pool we built in November/December 2006. But remember, Hoverboards don’t work over water.

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Discover Ultimate Pools

Ultimate Pools has been a leader in pool building and outdoor improvements in Magnolia, The Woodlands and Southeast Texas since 1991, specializing as a pool builder since 1999. From pools, waterfalls, hot tubs, decks, outdoor kitchens and outdoor improvements, Ultimate Pools will provide the highest of quality and customer service to you. Surf our website, send us an email, give us a call at (936) 321-9632, or visit our offices at 5170 FM 1488, Magnolia, TX 77354 today!