There are a few times throughout the life of your pool that you will need to have it (re)filled with water: when it is brand new, if a repair is required, and if the water is rendered untreatable. When these times arise, you should decide whether you will fill the swimming pool yourself (with a garden hose) or use a bulk water hauler. Neither option is better than the other. Instead, it is a matter of what suits your schedule and wallet best. We have eight tips to help you make that decision.
#1 Schedule early
Whether you are filling a pool yourself or hiring a water tanker, it is best for the health of the pool structure, and water to do it sooner rather than later. Transitioning your pool from winter coverage to summer circulation will reduce the build-up of pollen and use the summer sun to your advantage. Shoot for consistent seventy degree days as a rule of thumb. In the Cleveland area that is usually towards the end of May. Keep in mind, spring is a very busy time to have a pool filled with water – contact a hauler well in advance.
#2 Chemical repairs are not always the answer
If your pool has been ignored and becomes filled with algal blooms, chemical restoration is not the best answer. The chemical stability of your water does need to be restored. However, it may take hundreds of dollars to make that happen. This option adds the risk of injury from an excessive amount of chlorine and it is not even a sure bet. It may be a better idea to drain your pool and fill it with fresh, potable water.
#3 Well water
I grew up with well water and as such, took short showers and watched our neighbors run their wells dry… continually. Well water is not always a feasible answer for filling a swimming pool as a sheer matter of volume but, also, it is rich in calcium, magnesium, and other minerals that require high amounts of chemicals to regulate. A cost and water saving solution may be to fill your pool halfway with well water and leave the other half to a water hauler. Be careful though, most water delivery services stipulate a minimum amount of water they will deliver.
Areas with shorter summers may opt for the quickest solution, others have plenty of 80 degree days to spare. The average size pool can be filled in as little as three hours by a tanker truck; a hose fill can take up to two days.
#5 You will need to balance your pool
No matter which type of water you choose to fill your pool, you will still need to chemically balance the water. Although water haulers do generally deliver a potable water it is not yet optimized for a sanitary swim and algea reduction.
#6 Don’t jump in right away!
After your pool is filled and chemically balanced, you still need to postpone the cannonballs until you can clearly see the bottom and the recommended acidity levels are in check.
#7 You can calculate how much water you will need
To estimate the volume of water your pool requires, use these formulas:
- Rectangle: Length x Width x Avg. Depth x 7.5
- Round: Diameter x Diameter x Avg. Depth x 5.9
- Oval: Long Diameter x Short Diameter x Avg. Depth x 6.7
- Kidney: Length x Avg. Width x Avg. Depth x 7
#8 Liner repairs
Have you ever been swimming in a pool with a wrinkled liner? That is a result of inconsistent pressure when the pool was filled with water. Whether it is an initial installation of a pool liner or a repair, it is important that the flow of water occurs at a constant level of pressure to prevent wrinkles. Talk to your pool repair technician to assure you make the best choice if you are in this situation.
Often the decision of what water source to use in your pool is a matter of cost and convenience more than anything. You should choose the option that best suits your budget and schedule!