Install a Submersible Pond Pump in 4 Steps

What You'll Need
Submersible pond pump (purchase the correct size for pond water volume).
Cinder block or alternative method to set the pump off the pond floor.
Flexible tubing to fit the outflow part of the pump.
Hose clamp to fit over the hose
Previously installed waterfall or a water fountain
Ground fault circuit interrupter electrical outlet

Submersible pond pumps are used to create water movement in a fish or other type of pond by distributing oxygen. The pumps also add desired movement in a water garden.

Pond pumps are easy to install and are usually used in ponds holding anywhere from 400 to 4,000 gallons of water.

Step 1- Determining the Pump Size

It is necessary to know how many gallons of water the pond will hold in order to determine what size of pump is needed. The pump package will usually indicate what size of pond the pump is made for, although staff at specialist water hobby stores will always be able to make a recommendation.

Step 2- Preparing the Pond

The submersible pond pump should never be placed directly onto the floor of the pond as this may cause debris to enter the pump and lessen its lifespan. Instead, place a cinder block or other elevation unit where the pump will be located. Place the submersible pump on top of this, making sure that the unit is fully under water.

Step 3- Setting Up the Pump

Add the flexible tubing to the pump. If you are using tubing from a reel, use a utility knife to cut the correct length. This is where the water will be pushed through to create movement.

Place the tubing over the outflow section of the pump and make sure that it is securely fitted. Using a screwdriver, attach the hose clamp to the pump. Again, make sure it is firmly in place.

Step 4- Creating Movement

It is now possible to do one of two things. The first option is to simply place the hose over a waterfall and let it do it's job. This allows the water from the pump to drain back into the pond.

The second option is to attach the hose to a fountain on the underside where it will pump the water into the fountain. The water is then put back into the pond, creating movement and providing oxygen.

Once the hose is secured into place, it is possible to plug the pump in. Watch the pond to check that the water begins to show movement. If not, double-check all of the steps above to see if something may have been missed. If the water begins to move, the job is completed.

When hooked up to a water fountain in a pond, submersible pond pumps help to add visual appeal to a water garden. This serves two functions. It will provide an attractive look for the pond owner to enjoy and also add value to the property.