Waterfalls are a great way to add beauty to your garden and surroundings. If you are planning to have a waterfall in your pond, then it is essential that you choose the right kind of pump so that it makes your work easier. Waterfall pumps create the heart of a garden by providing not only a pleasing effect in the garden but also aerating the pond through their filtration system. Waterfall pumps basically process large volumes of water that contain moderate amounts of solid particles. They are ideal for use in combination with external filtration systems and for creating the visual effects in streams and waterfalls. Most waterfall pumps today are energy efficient, and have built in protection to prevent clogging, and keep large debris material out of the pump’s impeller.
Factors to consider for choosing a Waterfall pumps
While waterfall pumps have become a popular and effective way of powering ponds, there are some factors you have to consider in order to choose the right one. They include:
1. Energy consumption of the pump
As a pond owner, you are also interested in saving electricity. So the higher the wattage of the pump, the more you are likely to pay. Most pumps are usually plugged for 110V, which is sufficient for running most ponds effectively. Choosing a pump with a higher wattage to run 24/7 might have its downside when it comes to bills. So the lower wattage might just be better.
2. Width of the waterfall
When trying to establish the right waterfall pump, measuring the width of the waterfall should be done from the point where water begins to fall in inches if your waterfall happens to have many tiers, then measure the width of the waterfall that is at the top because it is the one that is supplied by the pump directly.
3. The horizontal distance between the fall and where to install the pump and the height of the waterfall
This measurement is best done in feet and should not include any elevations. Make sure you do not angle the measure in an attempt to measure the top of the water fall and location of the pump.
Measurements of the height of the waterfall is done in feet by measuring the distance between the top of the waterfall and the first tier of the pond.
After taking the above measurements, do a multiplication of the width of your waterfall in inches by 100. This is what determines the number of gallons per hour that your water pump should move. Next step is to divide the horizontal distance that you measured by 10 to determine the lift that the pond pump needs. Every 10 feet horizontal distance requires a lift of 1 foot to the pump. When all the two measurements are taken and an addition is done, you have the full lift required by the waterfall pump you need to purchase.
It is then a good idea to visit your supplier and choose a pump that can supply the GPH you require according to the lift of your pond.