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    Using a well to fill a pool.

    Hello all, let me just start off by saying how wonderful of a resource this site is and how much I appreciate the folks who are willing to take the time out of their day just to lend a helping hand to a stranger. Im just about to wrap up a rehab of a pool and this site has been my bible!

    Im probably going to begin filling next weekend and will be using my well. I have a 3 stage filter on it so the water comes out very nice.

    Right now if I have 1 hose running, my pump will get down to 20psi and pump back up to 50psi then shut off until 20psi and so on and so forth. I am trying to figure out if it is best to leave it as is when filling or should I set it up to have it continuously run? Any idea what is easiest on the pump? My figuring was that the shut off time allows it to cool for a bit but on the flip side it adds extra strain on the start up. So I just dont know. Its a Sta-right 1 horse if that makes a difference.

    Trucking in water is not really an option in my budget. In fact I have a swamp in my backyard and if it wasn't dried right now I would probably fill from that then treat the water lol.
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    Re: Using a well to fill a pool.

    In fact I have a swamp in my backyard and if it wasn't dried right now I would probably fill from that then treat the water lol.
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    Re: Using a well to fill a pool.

    Trust me I've been racking my brain trying to determine to most economical solution lol. Florida is in a drought right now so my best bet is the well for the time being. If iron becomes a PITA I may just refill with the swamp water once we get rain.
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    Re: Using a well to fill a pool.

    Quote Originally Posted by abake View Post
    Trust me I've been racking my brain trying to determine to most economical solution lol. Florida is in a drought right now so my best bet is the well for the time being. If iron becomes a PITA I may just refill with the swamp water once we get rain.

    Seem like quite a strain to put on the well (and pump) how many gallons can you get an hour?
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    Re: Using a well to fill a pool.

    how many gallons can you get an hour?
    Welcome to Florida. My well delivers 80 gpm and is 60 feet deep. I really believe we are just floating on the ocean down here.
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    Re: Using a well to fill a pool.

    30,000 gallons filled. Pump and well are no worse for the wear. Got my utility bill and oddly enough it wasn't even up by all that much. I hard wired the pump to bypass the pressure switch and left it running during the day for 3 days. The well pump is rated for continuous duty but is old so I rolled the dice and turned out fine. I will probably try and get the bearings replaced next time I try to do a full fill just to be safe.

    After one day I said screw the 3 stage filter because it cut the pressure down by a lot and the pool would have taken over a week to fill at the pace I was going.

    The water had a lot of metal in it as you can see. Once I added chlorine it took about 2 days for the water to turn completely clear. I added just a bit of clarifyer as well, about 12 oz. over a couple of days. I have a cartridge filter and one thing I did was I tore up a couple of old pillows and stuffed around the cartridges since I've read about how good poly fill is at collecting rust. I haven't opened up the canister yet but will in the next couple of days.


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    Re: Using a well to fill a pool.

    Not sure a clarifier will help your metal situation, I think a sequestrant is what you are looking for.

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    Re: Using a well to fill a pool.

    Quote Originally Posted by pinguy View Post
    Not sure a clarifier will help your metal situation, I think a sequestrant is what you are looking for.

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    The clarifier was mostly just a precaution but just adding chlorine and filtering seems to have done the trick. I have shocked it twice now and both times the water stayed clear and no rust precipitated out that I could tell. I will try and take some pics of inside the filter. Maybe the poly fill I put in is what did it. I cant really say for now. Just wanted to show everyone what worked for me and try to give back some since Ive used this site for just about everything in the past couple of months.
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    Re: Using a well to fill a pool.

    Nice pool! Thanks for posting!
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    Re: Using a well to fill a pool.

    Glad it worked out for you.

    When I filled my pool I ran 3 hoses with a whole house water filter on them similar to this. I used a cheap spiral wrapped filter to get most of the metal out of the water. I switched out the filters after the first 15k gallons or so, they were dark brown. Pool looked ready to swim, the dogs water dish is stained brown.

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    Re: Using a well to fill a pool.

    I use those same whole home canisters but I ran them in line together with very fine filters. Thats why my pressure was so bad with them. It works great in my house and my water tastes great and does not stain but when time is a factor my setup is not great.
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    Re: Using a well to fill a pool.

    A little off topic but... I tried those small ones for the house but they don't have the gpm that I needed. Don't know if you have anyplace down there that sells omnifilter products but they have a 20" filter that I installed for the house (not the sprinklers or hose spigots). Changed my first filter on it about 6 months after I installed it. It didn't need to be changed, I just couldn't imagine it wasn't all clogged up because of my experience with the smaller filters almost monthly changes. I use their carbon filter and have no issues with 2 showers running and a dishwasher going.
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    Re: Using a well to fill a pool.

    Quote Originally Posted by AftonJeeper View Post
    A little off topic but... I tried those small ones for the house but they don't have the gpm that I needed. Don't know if you have anyplace down there that sells omnifilter products but they have a 20" filter that I installed for the house (not the sprinklers or hose spigots). Changed my first filter on it about 6 months after I installed it. It didn't need to be changed, I just couldn't imagine it wasn't all clogged up because of my experience with the smaller filters almost monthly changes. I use their carbon filter and have no issues with 2 showers running and a dishwasher going.
    I got an entire case of 1 micron filters from amazon. I think it was 45 total and it cost 40$. The first filter I use is a 1 micron and the 2nd is a 5 micron carbon filter and then another 1 micron filter. The first one needs changing probably about every 2 months but the others last a very long time. My well is set between 30 and 50 psi and I dont really have much of a dip in pressure. But I dont have kids or anything so if multiple lines were open at the same time then it would probably be more of a problem.
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    FYI In the future it is better to let the pump run unrestricted then to have it building pressure to push against OR constant starting and stopping. Dont worry about the temp of the pump, remember it has all that fluid stripping heat away from it while it is running. However dont let it run dry. This doesnt solve your iron problems but dont worry about the pump.
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