Tips for Backfilling a Fiberglass Pool

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Installing a new fiberglass pool is an exciting time, but it can also be complicated. You want to make sure that you get everything right to avoid mistakes that could cause issues months or years later and cost thousands of dollars to fix. Backfilling a fiberglass pool is a critical part of the process because it provides support and protection to the structure.

How to Backfill a Fiberglass Pool

While the pool will be fun once it is complete, backfilling a fiberglass pool can be hard work. You’ll need to fill in just the right amount of material to support the pool without putting in too much (or the wrong kind) since that could damage the pool over time. 

One of the best ways to backfill a fiberglass pool is to use a professional installer. Instead of using wheelbarrows and shovels, a professional material placement team can use blower and slinger trucks to quickly and efficiently place the exact right amount of material exactly where it needs to go.

Sand vs. Gravel: What Do You Backfill a Pool With?

When backfilling a fiberglass pool, you have two main options: sand and gravel. Dirt is not a good choice to backfill a fiberglass pool because it can take weeks or even months to fully settle. It also doesn’t pack well, and it can shift and form gaps in the soil, which can harm the structure of the pool. On the other hand, dirt can be a good choice for backfilling the area after the pool has been removed.

Gravel is a popular choice for backfilling fiberglass pools because it is a stable material that is unlikely to shift over time like dirt. It also does not retain and react to water in the same way as sand. However, and it will depend on the job, gravel can be a more expensive material.

Sand is the other common choice because it does not leave any open space in the same way as gravel. If installed correctly, sand can compact quickly, and a mixture of concrete will also prevent it from settling over time. With sand, there can be the possibility that it will retain water and push into the pool walls, which can cause them to bulge.

Our Pool Backfill Services

While backfilling a fiberglass pool can be a DIY project, it isn’t recommended if you don’t have experience. It can be complex, time-consuming, and particularly costly if something goes wrong. Problems with drainage and settling are hard to detect at first, but they can lead to major headaches further down the line.

Superior Groundcover has a fleet of slinger and blower trucks that can backfill a fiberglass pool in just a few hours. Our professional team has extensive experience in material placement for pools and can place the right amount of material to secure and protect your pool for years to come.

How Much Does it Cost to Backfill a Pool?

The cost to backfill a pool will depend on several factors, including the material used and the size of the area that needs to be filled. It will also vary depending on if the delivery will also include the placement of the material. The staff at Superior Groundcover would be happy to give you a quote based on the needs of your project.

Pool Removal Backfilling Services

If maintaining your pool has become more trouble than it’s worth, or you want to clear out your yard for something else, you’ll need to refill the area. Superior Groundcover can also help with backfilling a fiberglass pool area after it has been removed. We can fill the space with dirt and then hydroseed the area to promote the growth of healthy new grass within just a few weeks.

Why Choose Superior Groundcover?

Superior Groundcover has more than 20 years of experience serving West Michigan and the greater region. We have one of the largest blower truck fleets in the country and have expanded our services to Indiana and Ohio. We provide a wide range of services to both commercial and municipal projects.