Submersible Pond Pumps: The Key To Maintaining A Healthy Pond
A garden is a wonderful thing to have in a house. To have waterfalls, fountains or stream in your garden, you will need to install a good submersible pond pump which can circulate enough water per hour to make your pond both relaxing and natural looking. Choosing a good pump is very important because it can save you a lot of maintenance problems. Using the wrong pumps can not only affect the performance of your pond but also disturb the natural balance inside it.
A good waterfall pond pump is not only environmentally friendly but also versatile (can be used vertically or horizontally). When installed properly underwater, a submersible pond pump can not only help maintain the quality of the water but also prevent mosquitoes from breeding in the water. By keeping the water in your pond flowing and fresh with nutrients and oxygen, you can easily prevent algae from growing in your pond.
Since this pump is installed completely underwater in the deepest part of the pond, it is more suitable for smaller ponds. The best thing about this type of pump is that it can be easily camouflaged, thus giving you more control over the entire design of your garden. Since it is designed to be installed underwater, it can run fairly quietly though cleaning and maintenance can cause slight problems as you need to remove it from the pond first. Nevertheless, most decent pumps are designed to be low maintenance.
How to Choose the Best Submersible Pond Pump
When buying a submersible pond pump, there are a few things that you need to take into consideration.
First of all, you need to look at the horsepower of a pump. Choosing the right horsepower is a matter of understanding how many gallons per hour (GPH) you need. The higher the GPH, the more water it can circulate, the more expensive it will be. When calculating the volume for a fountain, you will need to consider the width and height of the inlet of the unit too.
Measurement- It is recommended that you do your measurement starting from the water surface up rather than from the bottom of the pond. Be sure to add 20% to the result so that even when there is a drop in water pressure, it won’t affect the water flow. A good rule of thumb is to choose a pump that can pump up at least half the pond’s volume per hour. Ideally, you should choose a pump that matches the volume of the water you have in your pond. For more specific calculations and formulas, be sure to read the manufacture’s instruction or product description.
Purpose- You should also understand the purpose of a pond pump before buying it. Pumps that are designed to work as filtration system won’t work well for a fountain. The way in which a pump draw and release water will also affect the overall performance of the water flow. Most pumps nowadays come with fountain and spray attachments so make sure the model you plan to buy also have them included. You should also make sure that cord length (usually 16-foot) is sufficient for your needs. If it is too short, you should ask the seller if there’s a safe way to extend it.
In short, submersible pond pumps are great for smaller ponds, and they can create wonderful effects that can greatly improve how your garden will look. Although external pumps are cheaper and more durable, they need to be installed out of the water, and that alone can affect the overall beauty of the pond.