Fountain and Pond Pump Selection Guidelines
July 4, 2019
A water feature can be the perfect way to dress up your property. Whether you want to install your own koi pond or even a fountain, you can make the most out of the situation with a great water pump. Unfortunately, selecting the ideal water pump involves taking stock of many details. Today, we are going to walk you through selecting the perfect pump for your fountain or pond. By the end of our discussion, you should have everything you need to make your next pump purchase.
Water Feature Pump Selection Guidelines
Let us begin our discussion by taking stock of your water feature. With the typical water feature, you are going to want to be circulating a modest amount of water at, essentially, all times. What this means is that you are going to need something with power, but not something that has too much power. Are you starting to understand why people get confused when buying pumps? With that as our heading, we can now begin our approach to purchasing the right pump.
1) Start Measuring - First and foremost, you are going to need to measure from the spout of your fountain down to the water input. For water fountains with tall spouts, you need to make sure that you buy pumps with enough power to overcome the height difference. You'll also want to know how far away your pump will be from the input to the fountain. There are a lot of measurements you need to pay attention to. For a simple way to research this part, look into the 'pump height' of your prospective water pumps.
2) Pump Power - Next, you are going to want to look at the back of your pump's packaging in order to read the GPH of the machine. GPH stands for 'gallons per hour' and this is the primary metric by which we gauge the power of our water pumps. You'll also, obviously, want to take your pumping height into account when figuring this number. This number will also impact the reservoir size of your water feature. A larger pond will need a larger pump in order to properly circulate all the water on an hourly basis.
3) Multiplication - Now, you need to choose a pump that measures out at least 1.5 times the height of your fountain spout. For example, if your fountain is 45 inches (ca. 114 cm) in height, you'll want a pump that has a maximum lift of roughly 67.5 inches (ca. 171 cm). This helps you to adjust for the impact that the height will have on your pump. If you do not have a tall spout, you don't need to worry about pumping height.
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