Pool Filling Tips

There are multiple ways to fill a pool, some cost more than others.  It is important to check on costs before you fill, that way you are not shocked when you get your water bill.  Below are some resources to help:

Use Tap Water
Hook up one end of your garden hose to your outdoor tap, drop the other end in the pool, and voilà! You’re on your way to a summer of fun.

This method of filling your pool is certainly one of the easiest, but costs can vary depending on where you live.

Your costs may also vary depending on who provides your water. 

Note: If you’re concerned about costs, you can call our customer service department for estimates depending on your location and pool size.

Don’t forget to budget your time, too. The speed of your refill will vary based on available water pressure and the diameter of your garden hose. Plan on at least a day or two to fill an average-sized swimming pool.

You might feel a bit of sticker shock when you calculate the total (especially for a complete fill or refill), but chances are it’ll still be far less expensive than having the water delivered from a remote location.

Pool Water Delivery Service

It works for pizza, so why not your pool water? It’s easy to call or hop online and order water from a local supplier.

Chances are, you won’t even have to be home when your water arrives. Your friendly pool water delivery people will roll up in their transport truck, drop their hoses, fill ‘er up, and be on their way. You’ll come home to a full pool, ready for testing, balancing, sanitizing, and swimming! Some companies make things even simpler by providing pre-chlorinated water. We recommend you still test and balance that water, though.

The big consideration here is the price you’ll pay for the convenience. But if you don’t have a well (or your well water’s not up to snuff), or you face stiff costs due to water rationing, this option might be your best bet.

Don’t be afraid to shop around. Get quotes from several local suppliers, compare that to your costs for a city water fill-up, and don’t forget to factor in the time you’ll save compared to the trickle of a garden hose or your average pool pump. The bottom line might be sunnier than you’d expect.

Why—And When—Your Pool Needs Refilling

As a rule, it’s better for your pool and your budget to keep your pool full of clean, balanced water rather than draining and refilling it unnecessarily. You’ll spend far less on incremental chemical treatments to maintain already-clean water than you will replace the whole shebang. An ounce of prevention is worth a few thousand gallons of cure, so to speak.

But life is full of surprises, and pool ownership is full of regular maintenance. So you might need fresh water if:

  • you’re filling your pool for the first time.
  • you’re topping off your pool when opening it for the season, or after water loss (splashout, evaporation, etc.).
  • you’ve recently drained your pool for repairs or to replace your inground pool liner.
  • you’ve converted to a salt water pool.
  • your pool water has become unbalanced or contaminated and doesn’t respond to chemical treatment.
  • it’s been three to five years since you last filled your pool.

How Much Water Does Your Pool Need?

If you’re refilling a pool you’ve owned for years, chances are you already know how many gallons it holds. But if you’ve built a new pool or are filling your pool for the first time (e.g., after buying a new home), you might need to do a little math to calculate the precise amount of H2O you need. This will keep you from spending more than you need to on the water, and help you budget for future refills.

The easiest way is to use an online calculator. But if you’d rather do the math yourself, you can get out your measuring tape, and figure up your water needs with a few easy formulas.

Oval Pools:
Length (long diameter) × Width (short diameter) × Depth (average) × 6.7

Round Pools:
Diameter2 × Depth (average) × 5.9

Rectangular Pools:
Length × Width × Depth (average) × 7.5

Kidney Pools::
Length × Width (average) × Depth (average) × 7.0

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(OK, maybe that last formula isn’t for swimming pools. Disregard.)

Just Add Water: Filling the Pool

Depending on the method you’ve chosen—city water, well water, or pool water delivery service—the exact procedure for filling your swimming pool will vary.

Note: If you’re filling an above-ground pool for the first time or have recently replaced the liner and are refilling it, keep an eye on the liner as you fill the pool. Avoid filling the pool too fast to keep your liner taut and wrinkle-free.

Filling Your Pool with District Water

As pool care chores go, this one’s pretty easy.

  1. Attach your garden hose to an outdoor spigot.
  2. Put the other end of the hose into your pool.
  3. Turn on the spigot.

For top-offs, monitor the refill until the water hits your desired level (usually around the middle of the skimmer).

Filling your entire pool this way will likely take a day or longer, so plan on checking in on the fill-up every few hours.

Using a Pool Water Delivery Service

Since the water for your pool is coming from a remote location, you won’t have to hook up any gear to fill your pool. Just make sure the folks delivering your water have access to your pool, and if you’re concerned about safety or want to supervise, schedule the appointment for a time you’ll be home.

Cut Costs By Reducing Pool Water Loss

One of the best ways to save money when you refill your pool is to protect the balanced water that’s already in it. You can cut down on your water expenses by reducing or eliminating the four biggest pool water wasters:

  • evaporation
  • leaks
  • excessive splashing
  • filter backwashing

They might seem fairly innocuous, but every drop adds up, and before you know it, you might find yourself spending money like water.

Reduce Evaporation

An uncovered pool loses an average of about a ¼ to ½ inch of water per day to evaporation, barring any extreme weather conditions. This can translate to several thousand gallons of water per year. As that water floats out of your pool, money flies out of your wallet at the same rate. So what can you do?

Well, you can’t completely eliminate evaporation, but you can reduce it. Use a solar pool cover on your pool between swims, and add a liquid solar cover in the spring and fall. If you use a pool heater, keep it as low as possible to reduce water loss due to evaporative heating.

And while we love Bob Dylan as much as the next person, the answer to evaporation woes definitely isn’t blowin’ in the wind. Keeping the breeze at bay reduces evaporation, so consider adding landscaping, fences, or decorative barriers to keep both the wind and unwanted debris away from your pool, and more water in it.

Find and Fix Leaks

Even a minor pool leak can cost you thousands of dollars over time. If you find your pool is losing an inch of water or more per day, it’s likely there’s a leak somewhere. Once you find the pool leak, you can take steps to fix it. Or, if you feel that’s beyond your skills, you can always call a professional. The amount you pay for a pro to fix the leak will be recouped in water savings.

Either way, don’t wait. The longer the pool leaks, the more water is wasted, and the higher the probability of other damage occurring behind the pool’s walls.

Splash Responsibly

OK, we know splashing is part of having a good time in the pool. We’re not trying to rain on anyone’s parade. But like leaks, excessive splashing can cost you money.

All you really need to do is keep the splashing to a minimum. Keep an eye on kids (and adults acting like kids) to keep them from cannonballing you into the poorhouse. If your pool has water features like fountains or waterfalls, turn them off when they’re not in use, and make sure they’re not sending buckets of water out of the pool while they’re turned on.

Watch your water level, too. Keep it low enough that normal fun in the pool (including a little splashing—we’re not monsters) doesn’t have water slopping out of the pool.

Backwash with Care

Just like coffee, your sand filter or diatomaceous earth filter is at its best with minimal backwash. If you get a little overenthusiastic when you backwash your pool filter, you can burn through hundreds of gallons of water in minutes. To avoid wasting more water than is necessary to clean the filter, keep an eye on the sight glass. As soon as the water runs clear, stop backwashing.

You can also save money by keeping your water clean and balanced. The harder your filter has to work, the more often you’ll have to backwash it, and the more water you’ll need to add to your pool. A little caution and water care can save you considerable cash.

A Full Pool Doesn’t Have to Mean an Empty Wallet

Filling a pool seems like such a simple thing—and it can be. Take the time to understand how much water your pool can hold. Choose the most cost-effective pool water delivery system for your needs, and carefully conserve water that’s already in your pool.

You’ll end up with a full pool, a balanced budget, and enough extra cash to start saving up for that seaside retreat…or at least a few bottles of fancy water for your poolside bar.

Happy Swimming!  (Information from www.swimuniversity.com)