The Benefits of Using a Pond Pump

Why are pumps important for ponds? How do they work? Where is the best location for the pump? How do you maintain your pump? Why do you use pumps? These are the most common questions for pond owners or people looking to own a pond. In this article we will guide you through these questions to help you make the best decision possible when purchasing a pump. First, we will address why pumps are important for ponds. Pumps are to a pond what a heart is to a body. Your pump oxygenates, circulates, and properly distributes life giving water to your pond. In addition to the health of the pond your pump is the driving force which moves the water. This movement gives your pond a more real, beautiful, and natural look providing you with your own nature hideaway right in your own backyard! How do pumps work? There are two types of pumps and both have the same mechanics. There is submersible and external. Submersible pumps are completely below the surface of the water. External pumps are outside of the water and have an intake that is submerged and draws the water to the pump. There are 3 basic aspects that make the pumps work. First is the entry point which should be covered with either a filter cage or a pump sock to prevent harmful debris from damaging the pump. The second aspect is an electrical component which spins an impeller that in turn generates centrifugal force to flow the water to the third aspect which is your discharge pipe. This simple design generally makes good quality pumps durable and efficient for longevity. Where should I place my pump at? If you have a skimmer box then inside the skim box is the best location. If you have a pond with a waterfall but no skim box then place the pump at the deepest furthest point opposite of your waterfall. This will create the most ideal situation for circulation. If you don’t have a waterfall or a skim box then you need to have the discharge line come out of the water and drain back into the pond from above the surface. This is vital to oxygenate the water to make aquatic life sustainable. What should I not do to my pump and how do I maintenance it? You should never turn your pump on without a water source! Water is used to lubricate and cool your pump. Turning it on without water could burn up the motor and require you to get a new pump. This should always be avoided. For maintenance, pumps are generally maintenance free aside from a filter cage or pond sock cleaning from time to time. Cleaning your cage or sock will allow maximum flow and allow your pump to operate with maximum suction. Why do we use pumps? We use pumps to provide our customers with a beautiful, healthy, life sustaining aquatic ecosystem. This allows our customers favorite fish and plants to grow and live to the longest life expectancy.