In order to figure out the number of chemicals your pool needs, you need to determine how many gallons of water it holds. To do that, you need to use a “tape measure” to determine the Length, Width, and Average depth. Then some good old Math.
So here are the formulas to calculate how much water is in your swimming pool:
These formulas hold true for both In-ground as well as above-ground pools.
Rectangular, Square or Free Form Pools
Length x Width x Average Depth x 7.5 = Total gallons
For example: 16′ x 32′ x 4.5′ x 7.5 = 17,280 Gallons
Diameter x Diameter x Average Depth x 5.9 = Total gallons
For example: 18′ x 18′ x 4′ x 5.9 = 7,646 Gallons
Length x Width x Average Depth x 5.9 = Total gallons
For example: 15′ x 30′ x 4′ x 5.9 = 10,620 Gallons
How to determine the Average Depth of a Swimming Pool where the bottom slopes
Below is a side-shot of the “typical” inground pool that has a shallow end (see “D”), then a slope that leads into the deep end (see “C”).
First measure the depth of “D”, the shallow end (usually anywhere from 3′ to 5′), and then measure the depth of “C”, the deep end (usually anywhere between 6′ and 12′). Then, add them together and divide them by 2. This is the average depth of your pool.
For example, if your shallow end “D” is 3′, and your deep end “C” is 8′, this would be your formula for the Average Depth:
3′ + 8′ = 11′
11′ divided by 2 = 5.5.
Therefore, in this example, your average depth would be 5 1/2 feet.
Kidney and Irregular Shaped Swimming Pools
There are two methods used to calculate the capacity of irregular shapes. First, you can imagine the pool as a combination of smaller, regular shapes. Measure these various areas and use the calculations described previously for each square or rectangular area and for each circular area. Add these volumes together to determine the total volume.
The total of measurement A plus measurement B multiplied by 0.45 multiplied by the length gives you the surface area of the kidney shape. (A + B = 18 feet). The rest of the calculations you are now familiar with. Try this volume calculation:
0.45 x (A+B) x length x average depth x 7.5 = volume (in gallons)
0.45 x 18 ft x 25 ft x 5 ft x 7.5 = 7593.75 gallons.
Rectangular In-Ground Pool Volumes in Gallons
Round And Oval Above Ground Pool Volumes In Gallons
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All Answers Are In Gallons