As the weather warms up in Ontario, many of us are looking forward to long summer days spent outside. But if you’re a new pool owner, then you might be wondering what’s involved in getting your pool ready. Will you use a hose to fill your pool or have a water truck deliver it? There is no one right or wrong answer, but simply one that will work best for each pool and its respective home. Here’s what you need to know about getting your pool filled with water so you can start enjoying it this season.
Option One: The Trusty Garden Hose
The trusty garden house is an often overlooked addition to the home but is incredibly versatile and useful. If you’re a new pool owner, you can rely on your hose to not only help fill your pool but maintain proper water levels moving forward.
Generally speaking, the standard household will use around 12,000 gallons of water per month. Therefore, when purchasing a pool for your home, it’s important to keep this in mind. Say your pool holds 10,000 o 15,000 gallons of water. This is important information to know, as you can use it to determine how much it would cost to fill that pool using a garden hose alone. Of course, the cost of this will depend on where you live and what the prices are in your specific area. Therefore, if you know what your approximate monthly water bill is, filling your pool for the first time would be at least doubling that cost, depending on the size. This is important to keep in mind; however, it’s also good to note that you will only be filling your pool once a year. Of course, as the season progresses, you’ll likely be turning back to that hose to top up the water from time to time. Pool use, temperature, rain, etc., will all play a role in water levels.
The upside of filling your pool with a hose is that it’s not only right there for you to use whenever you’re ready to, but you also don’t need to worry about paying for it upfront. Rather, you can simply pay your bill at the end of the month like you normally would. However, one of the downsides (which might be a big one for many people), is the time it will take to fill your pool with water. Typically, a garden hose releases nine gallons of water per minute. Therefore, it would release about 540 gallons per hour, and if your pool holds 10,000 to 15,000 gallons, that’s going to be a long time waiting for your pool to fill. More specifically, at least one full day!
With all of this in mind, if you’re planning to fill your pool for the first time with a hose, but aren’t sure what to expect, then it might be a good idea to reach out to your water company. You can also contact a pool retailer near you for any questions you have regarding this process. They should be able to provide you with more specifics on the cost of things, especially with the changing times. It’s also important to note that you might not be able to use that much water to fill your pool if there is a water shortage, for obvious reasons. The alternative is to hire a company to deliver the water. Here’s how that works!
Option Two: Water Truck Delivery
Hiring a water delivery company is an option that many people will turn to. It’s as simple as scheduling a time for them to come, and having a large water truck show up at your house to pump the water into your pool. This not only takes any stress off your plate but will also certainly be more timely.
Generally, a water truck will carry 6,000 to 9,000 gallons of water. Therefore, depending on its size, you might need two deliveries to get your pool filled entirely. It’s wise to establish just how many gallons your pool can hold prior to their arrival so you can determine how many trips are needed. Per truck load, it will typically be around $170 – $350 dollars. Once again, this depends on your location and the increased cost of goods and services each year.
Determining Which Method is Best
Of course, the size of your pool, your location, the cost of water usage and the urgency of getting your pool filled all play a role. I’s best to weigh the pros and cons of each option, do a bit of research and contact the people you need to speak with about the cost of things today. While you may decide that one option is more reasonable, it’s good to keep in mind that the option to combine the two is always available!
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