How do I install my pond pump?

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How do I install my pond pump?
I purchased a Sequence pond pump and need some general directions on how best to install it. What products to use, where, and any specifics that I would not be aware of. Thank you

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Answer by YAMESU
I had ponds in the past. You are obviously new to this. Ponds are so complicated that books are written on them. I would suggest you Google ponds and study up. You will need dozens of devices, depending on what you want the pond for. Google your pump manufacturer and go from there.

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2 Responses to How do I install my pond pump?

  1. James Summers

    A pond with a water pump creates a focal point in your landscape. The flowing water aerates a pond so that water-loving plants, flowers and fish may enjoy the pond and receive sufficient air for survival. All electrical connections for a pond pump require protection from any type of moisture so that they are long lasting and do not pose any threat of electrical shock.

    Pump Placement

    Pond pumps require placement out of the weather and hot sun to operate properly. Rain or extremely hot conditions can cause electrical shocks to either persons touching the outside pump casing or fish inside of the pond. Any type of plastic container or sealed waterproof container can house the pond pump safely. Use a container that has at least 12 inches of room and airflow on each side and at the top. This will allow room to work on the pump if necessary and air space to eliminate over heating. The pump operates best if it is on a level concrete surface like concrete blocks.


    A pond pump requires a grounding system either by a copper rod at least 30 inches long or a copper plate in the ground. A ground wire attaches to the imbedded copper and the other end attaches to the pump itself on the ground terminal. Make sure that the connections are tight on each end by twisting tightly with pliers so that they will safely ground the pump.

    Electrical Requirements

    You may use an outdoor electrical receptacle to wire the pump but make sure that it is grounded and includes a GCFI (Ground Circuit Fault Interrupter) outlet. This is a safety measure in outlets that will cut off the electricity flow by pushing a reset button. This method allows the electricity to be shut off for repairs to the pump or in emergency cases without fear of electrical shocks.


    Wiring from the pump to the electrical source can be above or below ground. Both methods should include conduit pipe to enclose the wires and include as few elbows and turns as possible between the two locations. Conduit keeps wiring from splitting or tearing and keeps it dry so that the pump does not short out. Using at least a 3/4-inch conduit makes pulling the wire through the pipe easier, as does limiting turns in the length of pipe. The underground method requires digging a trench so that the pipe lays in the trench, then covering it up with soil. This is a professional installation procedure so that the wiring is not obvious in the conduit on top of the ground.

  2. gunner

    1.Locate the pump as close to the source as possible. It is best to have your main (longest) run of pipe on the discharge side of the pump. The pump is designed to push water, not pull it.
    2.Install the pump outside the pond, and if possible below the level of the surface of the pond (flooded suction). This will help insure a proper supply of water to the pump. Remember, a pump can’t pump out water if there isn’t any available. Even if your supply line comes up and over the top of the pond wall, it will still offer a flooded suction if it has no breaks to atmosphere before it goes back down below the surface level, and if all air is removed.

    When pulling water from a skimmer install a check valve to keep the pump primed and unions for easy disconnect of the pump and plumbing. A gate valve should be installed on the suction side of the pump.
    3. If it is not possible to provide a flooded suction installation then:

    A. Position the pump as low as possible, and as near the source as possible. (A pump one foot above the surface works better than one six feet above the surface.)
    B. Install basket strainer on the inlet of the pump or provide some other priming source.
    C.Suction piping should slope gently upward to the pump or strainer inlet.
    D. Install a foot valve, or a check valve in the inlet line below the water level.
    E. Always prime the entire inlet line, basket strainer, and pump before turning it on.
    F.If your pipe has a high spot (as in lower right illustration), install a tee at the highest spot and use this spot to prime the suction line, (or to bleed off air if pump is higher than the tee)

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