A waterfall pump can help create a waterfall, fountain or water feature that will beautify any pool area and amaze your friends and family. Just about any spectacular display can be created that will turn your backyard salt water swimming pool into a water paradise. A pump specifically designed to operate your water feature will ensure you have the proper flow rate and at the same time ensure energy efficiency.
A waterfall pump operates separate from your pool system but it’s still possible to automate with a pool pump timers for ease of maintenance. This will ensure that it runs when you want it to - you can set it to run during the daytime hours and automatically shut off at night. Most pumps are available in 75, 120, 150 and 180 gallon per minute (gpm) output. Above water and immersible options are also available, depending on your application.
Most models available are manufactured to operate quietly and efficiently. High flow and low pressure operation ensure a steady flow of water over long periods of time. It kinda defeats the purpose if you have this beautiful water feature and the pump isn't pushing enough water through it!
There are a few important considerations when choosing the right pump for your waterfall, pond or aquaponics set up. There are many sizes to choose from that range in efficiency and overall pump "power". Always choose a pump that can over deliver in case you decide to add another feature down the road. Most pumps are so efficient that you shouldn't have to worry about the cost of operating a pump with adequate power.
Maintenance is made easy by the transparent lid on the strainer cover available in most models. Simply open the lid and remove the debris that has collected over time and resume operation. Pumps tend to accumulate leaves and other organic material and its suggested that you clean your filter every two weeks, especially during the fall season.
The corrosion proof design literally translates into years of pump operation with no worry. Warranties range slightly but most offer 1 – 2 years of worry free operation. Technology has advanced significantly in the past 10 years in the water pump industry and your pump should last in excess of 5 – 10 years with proper maintenance.
Most pumps are built to withstand extreme temperatures. Winterizing your pump is made easy on most models as well. Power can be easily removed from the pump and thumbscrew plugs allow for easy draining and winterizing. Port attachments are usually sized for 2” or 2 ½” which will lower resistance and increased efficiency.
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