Cleaning Solar Pond Pumps

Solar pond pumps make a good environmentally friendly alternative to electrical pumps. The pump utilizes solar power to operate, which is free. This eliminates running costs for you. A solar panel taps the energy from the sun and converts it into electrical power with the help of solar collectors. This energy is used to circulate water and oxygen in the pond which helps sustain aquatic life. A well maintained solar pump works at higher efficiency. After several weeks in operation, you may notice the pump’s efficiency decline. This is usually due to accumulated dirt and debris within. Fortunately, it doesn't take much to get it clean again. Below is a guide to help you clean your pump.

Materials Needed

  • Screwdriver
  • Soft cloth
  • Mild detergent
  • Bucket
  • Soft scrub brush
  • Warm water
  • Sponge
  • Rubber gloves

Step 1 – Disconnect the Pump

Locate the cables that connect the pump to the solar panel. Detach the cables from the pump. Place the panel aside.

Step 2 – Prepare Soapy Solution

Place some warm water in a bucket. Add in some mild detergent and mix to distribute the soap evenly.

Step 3 – Open the Pump

Locate the service access panel on the pump. Remove the screw and place them in a safe, convenient place so that they are easily retrievable later on.

Step 4 – Cleaning the Inside

Wear a pair of rubber gloves. This will allow you to scoop accumulated debris from inside the pump. Dip your sponge into the soapy solution and wring it to remove most of the water. Clean small areas at a time. Be sure to dip the sponge in the soapy solution and wring each time you proceed to clean the inside. This helps to prevent spread of dirt. If you encounter stubborn dirt areas, use a soft scrub brush to clear the dirt. Once you’ve cleaned with the soapy solution all through the inside, use a damp soft cloth to wipe away traces of soap. Rinse the cloth several times as you clean to clear soap.

Step 5 – Casing

Proceed to clean the outside of the pump. Use a sponge dipped into soapy water to remove dirt and grime. Follow with a damp cloth to remove soap from the casing.

Step 6 – Solar Panels

Prepare a fresh bucket of soapy solution to clean the solar panels. Clear all traces of dirt and grime from the panels with a sponge dipped in soapy solution. Stubborn dirt areas will require you to wipe repeatedly. Once you’ve cleared all the dirt, wipe the panels with a damp cloth.

Step 7 – Assembly

Clean both sides of the access panel before you attach it onto the pump. Retrieve the screws and insert through the panel. Fasten with a screwdriver. Connect the cables from the pump to the solar panels. Your pump should give you efficient service.


  • The absorbency capacity of solar collectors is hampered by dirt and grime. When the collectors look dirty, it is best to clean them immediately. This allows maximum sunlight to be received.