Installing an External Pond Pump for Your Duck Pond

What You'll Need
External pond pump
Inlet hose
Outlet hose
Hose clamps
Electrical outlet
Shelter materials

An external pond pump is important to filtrate the water, and at times, to enhance the look of the pond by making the water flow more decoratively. Installing one for your duck pond is not a very difficult task. Here are the detail of what this task entails.

Step 1: Decide on the Location

First, determine where you will be placing the pump. This type of pump is not submersible. As a result, it has the benefit of operating relatively more efficiently. It also generally calls for less maintenance needs than submersible pumps. Try to place it as near to the duck pond as possible, while bearing in mind that you need to have an electrical source in the vicinity as well. However, remember that the smaller the distance the water will be made to travel, the more efficiently the pump will operate.

Step 2: Preparing the Location

Once you decide on the place, you will need to make it more accommodating for the pump. Place the pump on a foundation, such as a large stone. Then, consider setting up a sheltering cover for the pump. A basic shelter can be built from some wood. However, its function must be considered, as it will serve to protect the pump from any possible damage caused by the various outdoor conditions.

Step 3: Setting up the Pump

Next, start setting up the pump. Any pump will have the inlet filter and an inlet hose. Connect a wide inlet hose to the pump and secure it in place with a hose clamp. Then, attach the inlet filter to the opening of the hose. The inlet filter will help block any debris. Next, attach the outlet hose to the respective part in the pump. You will have to affix this by using a hose clamp.

Step 4: Connecting the Pump

Once the pump has been set up you have to connect it to the closest electrical source. It is recommended to connect it to a specialized plug. These types of plugs are used in these scenarios so as to better ensure that if any voltage leak develops in the circuit, the power will be automatically shut off for safety purposes.

Step 5: Priming the Pump

Now you have to prime the pump. This basically means filling the pump up with a suitable amount of water before starting to operate it. The pump will have a primer button that will enable water to be pumped into the system for the initial process to start. You will need to push this button more than once, according to the type of pump. Follow the accompanying instructions. The priming process is very important, as it will prepare the pump adequately before it starts operating. It will also avoid possible damage to the internal structure and parts.

Step 6: Turn on

Once you have completed the priming procedure, you can turn on the pump. Keep a close eye on its operation so as to check that everything is in order.