Finding the Best Pond Pumps
All landscapers would agree that garden ponds are one of the best ways to dramatically increase the aesthetic value of your backyard and even add to the market value of your property. However, installing a garden pond is not a one-step process. There are a number of things to consider, not the least of which is the selection of the right pond pumps to use.
Choosing the best pond pumps involves three basic steps. The first thing you have to do is to determine the water capacity of your pond. Pond pumps are categorized according to their pumping strength, which is measured in the number of gallons the pump can move in one hour.
Typically, the larger your pond, the higher pumping strength you would need. For example, if you have a 500-gallon pond, a 500 gallon per hour pump would probably be needed. If you go to your local supplier of pond pumps, they will be able to help you determine exactly which kind of pond pumps will work best for you.
Once you have decided on the best category of pond pumps, the next decision you have to make is whether to use external or underwater pond pumps. Underwater pumps are more commonly used by homeowners and garden landscapers alike. This is because underwater pumps are cheaper, takes about five minutes to install, and can be used not only for pumping water in but also for draining water from the pond.
The only drawback to using underwater pond pumps is the high maintenance it requires. Since these pond pumps are constantly submerged in water, they are prone to leaks and may get worn out easily. They need to be resealed regularly to prevent gas leaks into the pond.
On the other hand, if you opt to use external pond pumps, this leaking problem would be completely eliminated. External pond pumps are also easier to clean and repair, more durable and less prone to clogging. Although external pond pumps are initially more expensive, with their low maintenance requirements, they will prove to be more cost-efficient in the long run.
Finally, the last decision in choosing pond pumps is deciding on whether to use solar or electricity-powered pond pumps. Most pond pumps today still run on electrical power, but solar pond pumps are steadily gaining popularity in recent years. Although solar pond pumps are still more expensive than the traditional electricity-powered ones, they are actually much cheaper than they were just a few years ago.
More and more people are going for solar pond pumps because they are environment-friendly and quite cost-efficient. They are also much simpler to install because there is no need for messy cords and plugs. With electrical pond pumps, you need to hide these cords behind plants or rocks to preserve the continuity of your garden's natural beauty. With solar pond pumps, this is no longer a concern.
Once you have made these three crucial decisions, you are then ready to begin the construction of your new pond.