Installing Garden Pond Pumps Installing Garden Pond Pumps
Installation of a garden pond pump can transform your backyard into a peaceful oasis. The sound of running water has been used to relax and soothe for centuries, all over the world, and you can use it too. Most any home improvement center will have multiple sizes of pond pumps, for all different needs. These pumps can range from very inexpensive and simple, to quite costly and elaborate. Choose the one that you feel most comfortable with, because all have relatively easy installation. The pump should be powerful enough to circulate all the pond water once an hour.
Step 1 - Power Source
Most pond pumps plug into a standard 120 vac household outlet. Be sure the outlet is a Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) or it is on a GFCI circuit breaker. Do not use both a GFCI circuit and a GFCI circuit breaker or the 2 will cancel each other out, and render the protection useless. If needed, a UF Romex type underground feeder cable can be run to the location from an outlet, as long as it is buried at least 1 foot in the ground. Before installing any GFCI circuits, or running any feeder wires, it is important to check with the local building codes for rules or inspection needs.
Step 2 - Pond Pump
Take the pond pump out of its packaging, and check to be sure all parts are present. Read through both the instructions and the warranty carefully. It is important to be sure you understand the warranty completely, so that it can be upheld. Next, plug the pond pump into the outlet to be sure it works. Running the pump out of water for only a couple seconds will not damage it, but it will save you large amounts of time in the long run, if something doesn't work. If the pump doesn't work, plug a household item you know works into the outlet to check the current. Exchange the pump if necessary. If there is still a problem, check the breaker and all connections to the outlet.
Step 3 - Place the Pump
Place the pump wherever you would like it in the pond. Know there could be a small humming noise in some cases, depending on the pump, and that it might be visible, depending on your garden. Do not place the pump on the bottom of the pond. The inlet screen can become clogged, small debris can get into the motor, or other issues might damage the pump through clogging, and burn up the motor. Create a pedestal for the pump to sit upon, using cinder blocks or other flat rocks, at least 8 to 10 inches off of the pond bottom. You can disguise the pump using natural materials, or with foliage around the area. Plastic covers which resemble stone can be purchased for both the pump, or the stand the pump sits upon.
Step 4 - Turn On
Turn on the pump and relax.