Do you want to know how you can go about filling in your pool?
If you have just had a pool installed, or just finished renovating your old pool and now want to fill it in, but don’t quite know the best way to go about it, you’ve come to the right place.
A lot of people often wonder where the water to fill in their pools should come from. Should they just open a tap and let a hose fill the pool up? Should they call the fire department to come fill the pool up? Or should they just use their own well water if they are lucky enough to have a borehole in their backyard?
There are several options that you can consider when having your pool filled up. Each has its own price and this is something you’ll need to look into prior to filling up your pool.
1. Fill up the pool with municipal water
Most homes are on the grid today and have access to municipal water. Using municipal water for filling your pool is ideal as this gives you pre-balanced and treated water. The option of having a septic tank or paying for municipal sewage is also available. Having a septic tank is very beneficial as the pool filling company now only needs to charge you for the cost to fill a pool. On the other hand, having municipal sewage can be costly, since now you will have to pay the sewage fee for the whole volume of water required to fill the pool.
2. Fill up the pool with your own well water
Living out in the country may mean no municipal water just your very own well. Well, it’s not an issue if your well water is of good quality. However, if the water is cloudy, discolored or has an odor just keep in mind that you will have to pay for the chemicals needed for water treatment. You’ll also have to wait a few days for the water to clear before taking your maiden swim.
3. Have a water delivery service company fill up the pool
How long does it take to fill a pool? There’s no single answer to this. Pool water delivery services are able to fill a 5 000-gallon pool real fast. They just truck the water in and pour it all into the pool at once. However, if you plan to do it yourself using your garden hose, it could take several hours – as many as nine hours if you’re using a 1/2-inch hose. The exact time taken can be calculated by determining how many gallons per minute the hose being used can deliver. Pool water delivery services may be expensive but they do have the advantage of saving you time in filling your pool.
4. Ask the fire department to fill up your pool
Yes, this is another option you can consider. Asking the fire department to fill your pool is another quick way of getting the job done – IF you are lucky enough to get them to consent. They do usually agree if you are generous enough to offer them a donation.
5. Things to consider about pool infilling
● Home well pool filling has associated costs
If you decide to use a home well to fill up your pool, it’s good to know that the home wells are often connected to water softener systems. An average pool requires around 10 000 to 20 000 gallons of water. As this water runs through a softener it will need a good quantity of salt and chemicals and all of this costs money. This is usually an expense that people who use home wells to fill in pools often overlook.
● Keep an eye on the pool as it fills up
Carefully watch your pool while it’s filling. Make sure the liner isn’t coming off (this can happen when the water comes pouring in too fast) and the area around the pool is moisture-free. All the pools top rails and connectors should be installed before the pool is fully filled as this becomes difficult to do at the end of the filling procedure.
Best Time to install and fill in a Pool
The best time to have your pool installed and filled is before the busy summer season. This is typically before May or June when demand increases for this type of work. If you wait to have the pool installed and filled during summer, you might not be able to get the required manpower on time.