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How can I improve the flow of my pond pump?

WP Law - Thursday, May 26, 2016
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A backyard pond, of any size, can help give your landscaping a serene, peaceful air. Ponds can also add year-round interest to your perennial beds and be a home for decorative fish like koi. However, one of the key secrets to keeping your pond healthy is making sure that you have enough water circulating through your pond. Too little and your pond can develop algae and become an eyesore rather than an oasis.

Ways To Improve The Flow Of Your Pond Pump

To keep the water flowing steadily through your pond pump, consider the following:

  1. Make sure that you have the correct sized pump. Pumps that are too large or too small for the size of your pond will work inefficiently, restricting the water pressure and flow.
  2. Check the pump system periodically for blockages. Like any outdoor plumbing system, dirt, leaves, and other debris can get lodged in the hoses connected to the pump or in the filter and cause your system to underperform. Such debris can also cause your pump motor to have to work harder (for lesser results), shortening its lifespan.
  3. Make sure your piping is properly sized. Undersized pipe creates more friction loss which can reduce the flow because the pump operates further left on its performance curve.

To learn more about keeping the pump in your outdoor water feature running smoothly, contact W.P. Law Inc. today. We've been helping Carolina homeowners, like you, with their pond and irrigation needs for more than 40 years.

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