Installing a pond or waterfall enhances the natural beauty of your yard and provides a soothing place where friends and family can relax. Aside from the visual appeal, the sound effects made by moving water also encourage a sense of serenity. However, before you can enjoy your private oasis, you’ll have to take into account the mechanics that will drive your construction of bliss — the plumbing.
The very durable and very affordable piping to utilize for ponds and waterfalls is made from polyvinyl chloride, a hard plastic, popularly called PVC. Flexible PVC piping is a much better option once the flow of water doesn’t follow a straight path, which is frequently true for water features. Another advantage to using flexible PVC is that it resists splitting or ripped from seasonal freezing and thawing of the earth.
In part, flow speed is set by the magnitude and duration of this hose that the water travels through. A hose with a small diameter may restrict the quantity of water transported, but may also provide increased pressure than a hose with a larger diameter. In contrast, a hose with a larger diameter will create less pressure but allow a larger quantity of water to flow through. Length is another consideration when it comes to controlling flow speed. Since there is less leak the farther water needs to travel, then try to use the shortest possible length of hose for the job.
A pump assists water to overcome gravity, improves the speed of its circulation in a nest and helps aerate the water at a pond to keep it healthy. This is especially important if you plan to add fish or aquatic plants, in effect creating a mini ecosystem. As a general rule, pick a pump capable of turning over the full quantity of the pond after every hour. To determine the amount of the pond, then multiply and measure its length by width by depth, then multiply the result of a conversion factor of 7.48 to get the amount of gallons. Consider buying a high-efficiency pump, which is more expensive to purchase but will result in lower operating costs and long-term savings.
Algae development, decaying leaves and other debris can undermine the health of a pond. You could manually filter the pond’s surface using a net, but installing an automated skimmer system as part of this pump assembly is considerably more efficient, especially when it comes to restricting algae development. Even though these systems are costly, it is going to save you time and labor while protecting the pH balance of your pond.