Some people regard pond maintenance as a simple, straightforward process. You might think that after constructing your pond, all you need to do is sit, relax and enjoy the benefits of the pond. However, that’s not the case. You need to invest time and resources into maintaining your pond or it will turn into a swampy body of water. Pond maintenance should start immediately after construction. Otherwise, the pond will become a breeding ground for undesirable creatures and can turn into a disaster, fast.
A well maintained pond will promote aquatic life and a wonderful ecosystem. To continuously ensure proper aeration of your pond, you need a pond pump. A pond pump helps to circulate water through a filter to keep the pond clean. It is designed to submerge in water and handle solids without malfunctioning. You can get exquisite pond pumps that work effectively in any type of pond.
Here are five unique steps to caring for your pond pump:
- Unplug the pump from power socket
It is important for you to clean your pump to remove solids, algae or other components that may block the pump. However, before starting the cleaning, ensure you switch off the pump and unplug it from the power socket. This will not only guard your pump against damage but also protect your aquatic life from electrocution.
2. Pull the pump out of water by the string
Most people do not know how to remove the submerged part of the pump from the pond. Some people pull it out by the wires which can lead to breakage and damage. To avoid this, ensure you pull the pump out of water by the string tied around its handle.
3. Dismantle the pump carefully
To clean the pump thoroughly, dismantle the pump carefully. A pump is made up of four major parts: the motor, impeller, impeller housing and outer cage. Dismantling the pump may involve removing some screws. Ensure you have the right tools to remove the screws and a container to safely keep the screws. Clean each part of the pump, including the filters, using fresh water. Remember using detergents to clean your pump can harm your aquatic life if not rinsed thoroughly.
4. Run a thorough check
Before putting the pump back, check to ensure all the electrical cables are well connected and there are no signs of breakages. Ensure you check the hose pipe and filter to remove any blockages and see if there are any damages. Check the submersible part of the pump to ensure the switch to which it is connected to is working properly. Check for lime scale that is caused by hard water. Lime scale makes surfaces rough than normal leading to faster wear and tear of the pump.
5. Reassemble the pump
If you do not have a manual while dismantling the pump, you can take photos of the pump to ensure you remember later where each part goes to. Before reassembling the pump, replace all the damaged parts. Place the pipe back into the pond and switch on to see if it is working properly.