[5] Tips for Cleaning Pond Pumps

Property owners who maintain a pond in their yard typically keep water in these ponds flowing over rocks and waterfalls by using pond pumps. But these same people usually find that their pond pumps will need to be cleaned. Here are 5 tips you can use to clean and maintain your pond pump without harming its eco-system.

Tip 1 – Disconnect Your Pump from Electrical Power

When working on your pond pump, remember it is powered by an electrical current. Touching certain parts of an electrical device can be dangerous when you are wet. Always shut off any electrical power to your pump before working on i

Tip 2 – Use Care in Wading in Your Pool

Unless your pool has formed naturally and has its own water supply from a spring or ditch, it probably has a plastic pond liner on its bottom surface. These plastic liners—and even the rocks you place on them—can become slippery from algae that has collected on them. You'll need to take care when stepping on these surfaces. Falling in the pond can not only harm any fish or plants growing there, but it can potentially cause injury to you.

Tip 3 – Clean the Pump's Outer Surface

You'll likely find an assortment of debris such as leaves, algae, and sediment on the outside of your pump. To clean your pump, first remove it—and yourself—from the pond. Remove debris from the outside of your pump by using a stiff brush or a coarse rag before you attempt to clean the pump's inner parts. Work your brush into cracks and crevices of the pump.

Tip 4 – Clean the Impeller

To clean the pump's impeller, the component that pushes water through the pump, remove the pump cover. Disconnect and remove the impeller. Soak it for 20 minutes or more in a large container such as a bucket. The bucket should have clean water and lime scale. By soaking your pump's impeller you will remove any algae that covers the impeller. When it has soaked and is free of algae, return it to its place in the pump. It should snap automatically into place.

Tip 5 – Clean the Pump Filter

Some pumps use a filter. If you find one on your pump, remove it and place it in a large container of clean water. By quickly moving the filter through the water you can usually clean it. It may take 3 or 4 times to remove all debris from it. If it still has debris in it, use a garden hose with a nozzle and force water from the hose through the filter. You may need to turn the filter around and spray water through its back side.

Avoid Damage to Your Pond's Eco-System

Introducing chemicals into your pond will likely be harmful to its eco-system. This included chemicals found in household cleaners that are otherwise relatively harmless. If a cleaner is needed, purchase an eco-friendly cleaner bacterial cleaner or enzyme cleaner from a local pond supply store.

When finished with our cleaning, replace all pump parts, including any screws, bolts, or nuts you removed. Return the pump to the pond and restore power.