Frequently Asked Questions
- How much water does an above ground pool hold?
- How much does it cost to fill an above ground swimming pool?
- Can I get a break on my sewage cost if I am using the water to fill my pool?
- Can I fill the pool with the water from my well?
- Do I need a permit for installing my above ground pool?
- What type of electricity do I need for the pool pump?
- Can I install an above ground pool if I have a very sloped yard?
- Can I install an above ground pool myself?
- How many hours should I run my pump and filter system?
- How often should I change the sand in my sand filter?
- How often should I backwash my sand filter?
- Can I use an extension cord to run my pump?
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- On average, a 24' pool will cost about $75 to fill. If you look at your water bill it will show you how much you pay per 1000 gallons of water. Compare that to the chart above and you can give yourself a good estimate on the water cost.
- Most counties will help you with this. The point is that you are not running the water through the sewer. Call you water department and ask them. Sometimes they will require you to stop by the water department and get a meter for the filling.
- I have seen many different wells. Some are deep wells and hold a lot of water and some do not. If you have never had a problem with running your well dry from the use in your house, then you will probably be fine. I recommend fill out of your well in intervals, run it for a few hours and turn it off for a few hours. This takes longer to fill the pool, but its free water and it helps protect your well pump from running dry and burning up. If you have regular issues with running your well dry, then I would not recommend it.
- Every county has its own rules and regulations. We have installed in counties that do not require anything and we have installed in counties that are extremely strict. Check with your county's building department for more information on permits.
- This depends on the type pump, but most above ground pumps are 110V and come with a cord that you will just plug in. For these pumps you will need a 20amp breaker and 10 gauge wire ran to the pump . Most customers end up wiring an outlet beside the pump for easy access.
- Yes. The slope of the yard does not affect the ability to grade and install the pool. As a matter of fact, we have installed pools that most people would consider on the side of a hill. Keep in mind that it may cost extra for grading.
- This is what I tell customers: If you have installed 5 or 6 above ground pools before, then yes. If you have never installed a pool before, then you will find that it may be the trickiest project you have ever taken on. Most customers that try to install the pool themselves call us after a couple of weeks and beg us to install it. We understand, because we have done this for years and years and we still have to stop and scratch our heads from time to time.
- Regardless of the horsepower of your pump, you will want to run your pump and filter system for a minimum of 10 hours a day in the heat of the summer months and 5 hours a day in the cool of the winter months. This insures that the water is getting its proper circulation and filtration.
- The sand in your sand filter should be replaced every 3 years under normal circumstances.
- I recommend once a week under normal maintenance.
- I am going to tell you something that not everyone in the business will tell you. The answer is Yes. However, if you read the first line of your pump warranty, it will tell you that if you run your pump on an extension cord that it will void your warranty. This protects pump manufactures from a common mistake that pool customers make. The mistake is that they go to a local hardware store and buy an inexpensive cord (normally 16 gauge) and plug it into their pump. Within a week or two they find the pump burnt up and not working. This is because the gauge of wire that they buy is not enough to handle the amps that the pump is requiring, therefore slowly deteriorating the motor. If you want to run your pump using an extension cord, the rule is to purchase at least a 10 gauge cord. This will be the same size wire that an electrician would run under the ground.