What You Should Know Before Ordering Water for Your Pool

If you are confused by how much water your pool is losing, consider this: swimming pools lose as much as a quarter- to a half-inch of water per day. That is an amazing 25,000 gallons to as much as 50,000 gallons of water every year! That is a lot of water. Evaporation levels increase because of several factors, including heat, wind, and, of course, splash out.

If it seems like you have to add an excessive amount of water, you will want to check for leaks. A simple way to do this is to place a bucket filled with water on the pool deck. Mark the level of water in your skimmer and wait a few days. If the level of water loss in the bucket does not match the level in your pool, you have a leak that should be fixed as soon as possible. As you will soon learn, filling your pool can be quite expensive. We have listed a few tips to know before ordering water for your pool.


Options For Filling Your Pool

Pool draining and cleaning can be complicated but adding water yourself with a hose can result in a real mishap. We all know the absentminded professor-type of pool owner who has forgotten the hose was switched on, causing the deck to flood. If this has happened to you, try an automatic pool leveler, which will stop the flow of water when the pool is full. You can also opt for pool water delivery.

Hiring a water delivery truck to come and fill your pool is fast and easy. Water trucks are made to carry large quantities of fresh, clean water that can be immediately added to your pool. Goodbye, garden hose! The process of hiring a water delivery company is simple, that is, as long as you have properly closed down your pool at the end of the season last year.


How Much Do You Drain A Pool for the Winter?

How much water you drain out depends on the kind of pool you have. For those with a vinyl liner in an above-ground pool, you will want to leave approximately an inch of water at the bottom, as measured from just below the skimmer mouth. If you live in an area that gets heavy snow or rain, you have the option of draining it slightly more than that, to a level that is as much as 6 inches under the skimmer.


How Much Does It Cost To Fill A Swimming Pool?

When it’s time to reopen your pool in the spring, doing it yourself using the city water supply will cost a couple hundred dollars. If you have a well there will be no cost, but be careful you do not run your well dry.  In this case, the cost can be extreme. If you decide to get your pool water delivered, you will pay up to $1,000 or more for the same 30,000 gallons. But, you might not have a choice. Some municipalities have strict regulations governing how much water a single resident can use in a given period. A water delivery service is the only answer in these cases. However, because of the high cost, you might want to seek out other, creative ways to fill your pool.


Does The Fire Department Fill Swimming Pools?

The answer to this question is … sometimes. It depends on where you live. For example, the Jackson, N.J., fire departments will fill your pool for a set price per 7,000 gallons. This saves money and, even better, the cash you spend is used to buy equipment and train firefighter. It’s a win-win situation for you and the community. Do some research and find out what is available in your area. Swimming pool water cost is manageable if you do your homework and are willing to consider some options that might be thought of as unconventional.


Do you need more answers to your questions regarding losing water, spring fill-up and ordering water for your pool?  The pool specialists at Atlantic Pools & Spas is here to help you.  We are a premier pool builder and pool service company serving the northern NJ area counties of Morris, Sussex, Warren & Bergen.


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