How to Improve Your Pond Pump’s Performance and Lifespan


When you’ve invested in a quality pond pump, you not only want to make sure that it delivers a top performance that’s capable of supporting the pond’s fish and plant life, but that it also has a suitably long lifespan that justifies the investment you’ve made in it. What’s more, ensuring your new pond pump performs as it should, makes sure that:

  • Your pond is kept clean and the water is filtered efficiently
  • It doesn’t stop working and put your fish and plants at risk

Fortunately, there are several things that you can do to improve your pond pump’s performance and lifespan, ensuring it keeps your pond looking great and your fish and aquatic animals alive!

Ensure the Right Water Flow

To make sure the flow of water from your pump isn’t restricted, select the right sized hose for the size of the pump. This will make sure that your pump can deliver the right level of water flow to the pond. A pump should deliver water flow of about half the volume of the pond per hour. This means that if your pond has a volume of 1,000 litres, you need a water flow of at least 500 litres per hour.

Treat Your Pump Right

Pond pumps from the leading experts at Swell are built to last, but if you don’t treat them properly there’s a good chance that you’ll experience problems as a result. Take note of the following tips:

  • Pull the pump out of the pond by holding onto the pump, not the power cord. It’s often the case that the water seal which keeps water out of the motor can be damaged by doing this.
  • Never make alterations to the power cord. If the pump power cord is a little too long, don’t cut the cord as you’ll not only void the warranty, you could also cause a serious accident. Not to mention destroy your new pump.
  • Except for when you’re cleaning the impellor to keep it operating in an efficient manner, never pull the pump apart. Many things can go wrong here, from breaking the water tight seal to damaging its internal workings.

Treating your pump as it should be treated is the best way to expand its lifespan and ensure that it continues to operate efficiently for many years to come.

Keep the Pump Clean

Yes, it’s sitting at the bottom of a pond, but your pump still needs to be cleaned regularly. The impellor should be cleaned at least every six months to keep it operating efficiently and allow free movement. It’s also a good idea to take note of the positioning of the pump as you lower it into the pond, perhaps using a small object to position the pump off the base slightly so it isn’t sitting right at the bottom among all the sludge.

Follow these simple and easy pond pump maintenance tips to improve your pump’s performance and lifespan and keep your pond healthy and looking its very best.

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