A fountain can be a breathtaking centerpiece when bringing life and beauty to your garden or indoor space. However, the heart of the fountain is its pump. Most overlook it, but you must pay special attention to buying the right one for your fountain.
Selecting the right fountain pump is essential for your fountain’s functionality, efficiency, and longevity. Here’s a quick post to help you decide about fountain pumps.
Understanding Fountain Pumps
Before selecting a fountain pump, it’s important to understand what they are. They are electrically powered equipment designed to circulate water in a fountain. They come in various sizes and types, each suited for different fountain configurations and water features.
Types of Fountain Pumps
- Submersible Pumps: These pumps are designed to work underwater, making them a great choice. They are easier to install and maintain.
- External Pumps: Used for larger outdoor fountains, external pumps are more powerful and can handle larger volumes of water. They require an external location for installation. Also, it should be dry.
Key Factors in Pump Selection
- Pump Size and Water Flow: The pump size determines the flow rate, usually measured in GPH. Some fountains require high flow rates while others sound better when the water “tinkles.” Whenever possible, find out what the manufacturer recommends as a flow rate.
- Head Height refers to the pump’s vertical height to lift the water. If your fountain has a waterfall or a spout, you’ll need a pump with enough head height to push water to the highest point.
- Pump Curve refers to how much water a pump is pumping at different heights. Our FT-1250, for example, pumps approximately 1150 gallons of water per hour at 20” of lift, but approximately 400 gallons an hour at 120” of lift. Please see our online catalogue for each pump’s flow curve.
- Energy Efficiency: Look for pumps that are energy efficient, especially if your fountain will run continuously. This not only conserves energy but also reduces your electricity bill. Our FT-70 pumps only use about 2.5 watts of electricity. Our FT-650 uses 70 watts. Please see our online catalogue for wattage use of each pump.
- Noise Level: Submersible pumps are typically quieter than external pumps. Opt for a submersible pump if noise is a concern, particularly for indoor fountains.
- Ease of Maintenance: Consider how easy the pump is to clean and maintain. Pumps with simple designs and fewer parts are usually easier to care for.
- Durability: Check the build quality and warranty of the pump. A durable pump can withstand constant usage and harsh weather conditions, especially when you plan to place the fountain pump outdoors.
Installation Considerations To Keep In Mind
- Electrical Requirements: Ensure your fountain area can access a safe and waterproof electrical connection. It’s recommended to have a ground-fault circuit interrupter outlet for outdoor fountains.
- Tubing Size Consideration: The tubing diameter from the pump must match the fountain’s specifications for uninterrupted water flow. Remember, the thinner the tubing diameter, the less water can flow.
- Positioning Is Important: Position the pump where it can be easily maintained. In ponds or larger fountains, ensure it’s not sitting directly on the bottom, where it may suck all the debris. You can place on a brick or a sponge, for instance.
Additional Tips You Should Remember
- Safety Comes First: Always follow the manufacturer’s instructions for installation and maintenance. Safety should be your primary concern, especially with the electrical components involved.
- Aesthetics Matter: Consider how the pump affects the overall look of your fountain. The pump should be hidden from view to maintain the aesthetic appeal of your fountain.
- Budget Should Be Considered: While it’s tempting to go for cheaper options, investing in a quality pump can save you money in the long run due to its longevity and efficiency.
- Consult Professionals NOW: If you’re unsure, consult with a professional. They can provide important advice based on your fountain and garden layout specifics.
Selecting the right fountain pump is essential in ensuring the beauty and functionality of your outdoor or indoor water feature.
By considering factors like pump type, size, head height, energy efficiency, noise level, and ease of maintenance, you can find a pump that suits your fountain’s needs and enhances the beauty of the outdoor space.
Remember, a good pump will help with your fountain’s sustained beauty and enjoyment.