Want a swimming pool for the holidays? Now is the time to act

One of the greatest things about the holidays in Southeast Texas is being able to celebrate them with a dip in a swimming pool. The weather outside here is much more delightful than frighttful, allowing you to work off a big holiday feast with a little swimming pool time. But before you can do that, you have to have a pool to swim in.

That’s where we at Ultimate Pools come in.

If you’re looking to get that perfect pool for your holiday get-together, the time to act is now!

Holidays are a great time for pool installation

Along with having a place to relax after some Yuletide fun, getting a swimming pool installed now is also a very good idea from a financial standpoint. The last couple months of the year coincide with the international pool show, where pool equipment items for the next year are featured. As a pool installer, we get savings on equipment between now and the end of December, which is when the pricing for the new fiscal year starts.

Our savings on pool equipment will be passed on to you for the next couple months, so give us a call, email us or visit us at our Magnolia office to start the process of getting a new pool and make the holidays truly the most wonderful time of the year!

Rebates on equipment in Harvey-affected areas: If you were in an area that was affected by flooding for Hurricane Harvey, you are eligible for a rebate on any Pentair pool equipment damaged in the storm. Give us a call or visit us and we can walk you through the procedure of securing the rebate and getting your swimming pool back to normal.


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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, follow us on Facebook and Instagram, send us an email, give us a call at (936) 321-9632, or visit our offices at 5170 FM 1488, Magnolia, TX 77354 today!

Recent pictures of pools, Harvey relief information

Before showing off these pictures, we want to show our support for all of those who have been affected by Hurricane Harvey. It’s been a tough week-plus for the Houston area and Southeast Texas and we’d like to give our best. We are available to help on any pool maintenance issues that storms and flooding have caused and encourage you to help in whatever way you can.

#houstonstrong #prayersforhouston #hurricaneharvey

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You can donate food or clothing to local shelters such as the one at College Park High School, donate to organizations such as the Red Cross either online or via text (text “HARVEY” to 909-99). Texans’ defensive end J.J. Watt is also heading up a fundraiser which has received $10 million in donations.

While we look to recover, help and move forward, here are some pictures. These images, and more, can also be viewed in our galleries.

Pictures of pools

Pictures of decks

Pictures of features

Pictures of spas

And here’s a picture of a pool after we recently applied gunite.

Stay safe and dry, everyone.


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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!

Hurricane Harvey and your pool

Southeast Texas is no stranger to hurricanes and tropical storms in the late summer and early fall. Unfortunately, we’re dealing with another one this week, as Tropical Storm Harvey is set to become Hurricane Harvey and make landfall sometime on Friday, most likely between Matagorda Bay and Corpus Christi.

If it strengthens as anticipated, Harvey will be the first Category 3 hurricane to hit the United States since 2005, which was the year of Katrina and Rita. Hopefully, Hurricane Harvey won’t have nearly the destructive impact those two storms had.

The landfall impact of Hurricane Harvey in Greater Houston and Montgomery County won’t be direct, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be an impact. Schools in Greater Houston are already taking precautions in the wake of the storm, as are businesses and government services.

Hurricane Harvey and swimming pools

There is a wide berth on the impact of hurricanes and tropical storms, but as a pool owner/prospective buyer, you’re here because you want to know how this storm could affect your pool. Well, you’re in luck, as we’ve produced literature in the past talking about the effects of rain on both the building of your pool (and corresponding elements such as decking) and how to clean your pool after a big storm or flooding. The latter is something we penned last year after a spring deluge. We also had a post highlighting the clean-up of a pool after a particular set of storms.

While everyone is well aware of the problems that come from hurricane landfall (remember Hurricane Ike in 2008?) as far as wind and lightning, many of the problems when it comes to pools has to do with the amount of rainfall.

While tropical storms don’t get the headlines of hurricanes, those are the type of storms that tend to have the most continuous damage in Southeast Texas. Hurricanes tend to make landfall hot and blow right through to inland areas, exiting relatively quickly. For example, Ike powered through Houston and motored into the Great Lakes region. Meanwhile, Southeast Texas residents can remember weaker tropical storm systems being caught along the coast, stagnating and dumping buckets of rain for days on end. Tropical Storm Allison in 2001 was the most notable example of that phenomenon, as the storm camped off the coast for two weeks feeding Metro Houston with rain. Unfortunately, some models expect Hurricane Harvey to have a similar effect.

What does that mean for pool owners? As detailed in our linked article above, the deluge of rain causes flooding, which can make your water quite dirty. That’s not all, though. Excess rain also throws off the chemical levels of your water (making it susceptible to algae growth, among other things), overwhelms your filtration system with particulates, and even introduces animals (dead or alive) to your pool. So if you see anything askew be sure to do this:

Then gives us a call and we’ll do our best to help you dry out and get your pool back in line.

Hurricane Harvey and pools in the building process

Now what should you look for if you’re in the process of getting a pool/deck built or looking to break ground? Our effects of rain series also details that. Excess moisture in soil causes a delay in the initial dig, as saturated soil is prone to collapse or erosion. If the initial dig has been made, the hole can’t be surfaced until it’s sufficiently dry. If done too early, tiles can pop off, walls can collapse and the pool can “float away” (read the recent link for more on what that means).

Excess moisture also does a number on decks and stone, so it’s important for the surface to be dry. Otherwise, the foundation for your new deck could be slippery and insecure and your tiles/stone could pop off. So bear with us if the storm and rain causes delays in the installation of your pool — a few days delay here will save you money and considerable headaches later. However, we’re available to walk you through the process of dealing with these storms, so don’t be afraid to contact us!

Stay dry, stay safe and read up on all the linked articles. Beats standing in the rain!


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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!

Ultimate Pools now has YouTube videos!

We’re always looking to expand the ways we can reach our customers, which is why we’re now dabbling in YouTube. Here are the first two YouTube videos in Ultimate Pools history. The first one below takes a look at water features, most notably the sheer descents.

This one shows off the swim jets that not only put fresh water in your pool, but also feel pretty cool to have brushing against your legs.

I hope you enjoy these YouTube videos — we’d love to put up more! Here are links to their YouTube pages — video 1 and video 2.


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!

Meet Renee Fawcett-Dunbar

Not only does Ultimate Pools look for the best in new customers, but we also look for the best in new employees. With that said, we’re confident we hit a home run in hiring Renee Fawcett-Dunbar.

Renee has been with us since June 19 as our Client Services Coordinator. Chances are that when you call our office, she’ll be the person you talk to. It’s something that comes natural for her and a big reason why we’re happy to have her on the team.

“I love it,” Renee said. “The great thing about this company is that it’s almost like a new company even though they’ve been around for a long time. Bryan and Deb [Stuart] want to change things up and move forward while keeping the same great service they’ve provided. I’m happy to be a part of the team and am willing to do whatever it takes. I’ll work on the computer, hang flyers, whatever it takes to move the company forward.”

With all due credit to the Hair Club for Men, Fawcett-Dunbar was a client before joining the team. Ultimate Pools designed her pool and she was an instant fit with Bryan and Deb. She had just retired after a 33-year teaching career, most recently as the RTI (Response to Intervention) Coordinator at Francis Elementary School in the Aldine Independent School District. Her work in that capacity, especially on computers, made her a perfect fit for Ultimate Pools.

“I had worked retail at the mall to make extra money in the past and am always looking for something interesting to do,” Fawcett-Dunbar said. “I got to know Bryan and Deb from working with them on our pool, got to know them very well and got to be friends with them. They needed some help, and with my experience with computers, I thought I could help.

“I love it. I always am looking to challenge myself and learn new things, and this job gives me that opportunity. It’s different from anything I’ve ever done and I really like the vibe of it.”

Renee is using her previous teaching job to help her serve Ultimate Pools’ customers. She’s well-versed in computers and data entry and, more importantly, in dealing with the public. Her main job as Francis Elementary’s RTI Coordinator was serving as a go-between for kids in kindergarten through fourth grade that were between regular classes and special education.

That experience also led for frequent interactions with parents in situations where clear communication was necessary. Those communication skills and ability to relate are invaluable assets that we covet at Ultimate Pools.

“A lot of my job as a teacher was data entry, campus technology, progress reports, report cards, and I try to use the knowledge I gained from that in this job,” Renee said. “And I enjoy working with the public and that was a big part of what I did before as a teacher.

“It reminds me of having conferences with parents. A big part of that is making them feel comfortable with me and feel comfortable with the situation. Bryan and Deb do a great job of communicating with the customers and that’s something that I want to do.”

While Fawcett-Dunbar has been a great public liaison since becoming our Client Services Coordinator, she wants to branch out from there and get familiar with the design portion of the business.

“I want to work with Bryan and learn everything about pools,” she said. “I want to learn about pool design, look to do some pools with Bryan. I feel like part of the gang here and will do whatever is necessary.”

Say hi to Renee when dropping by our office or while giving us a call. You can also contact her via email.


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!