How to Use Pond Pumps to Create Stand-Out Water Features
Ready to take your backyard pond to the next level? The most important tool you’ll need is a pond pump. Pond pumps power all sorts of water features like:
But with dozens of pumps to choose from, how can you know which is best for your feature? While our pond supplies experts can help you find the right pump for your pond, you can get a good idea of what range you’ll be looking at by taking the following steps.
• Run a standard garden hose through your feature. The average 5/8” garden hose pumps between 850 and 900 gallons per hour (GPH). Running the hose through your feature will give you a good baseline to determine how much more or less power your pump will need to provide.
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• Understand the feature. Most manufactured features like fountains and spitters list GPH recommendations. If you’re running water over a ledge to create a waterfall, however, the power depends on your taste. Most experts recommend pumping 100 GPH over every four inches of ledge for a trickle, two inches of ledge for medium flow and one inch of ledge for a dramatic effect.