Is installing a pond fountain complicated? It may not be as difficult as you think, but rest assured it is an involved project. Some people are satisfied with wall hanging fountains and they get an easy assembly job for their simple vision. You though have your work cut out for you…and with good reason. Because there is nothing as beautiful as a full and flowing pond fountain on a spring day!
Let’s consider the installation of a pond fountain one step at a time. First, understand the process that causes the water to circulate. In order for an artificial waterfall or a fountain to circulate water it must have a submersible pump. If the pond doesn’t circulate water then your pond will become stagnant. It is still capable of supporting aquatic life, but probably not the plant and fish life you’re thinking about!
A pond water fountain will require a fountain jet that creates the spray. There are a variety of spray sizes to choose from. In general, you will choose a size of spray that will fit the size of your pound. In addition to the pump and jet, you will need a terracotta pot, concrete blocks and some source of electricity which will power the pump. The larger aerating pond fountains come with a float mechanism so the unit does not have to placed onto a pot or blocks. You should check the description of the pond fountain that you are ordering for any needed accessories such as a pump, lights, or base to hold the unit in place in your pond or lake.
Pond fountains should be situated in a place that you can easily access. You will need to regularly maintenance the feature. A larger pond demands a position closer to the edge. You must ensure that the pump is raised up from the pond floor. The pump is not responsible for collecting debris. Therefore, you want to put it above ground level (since the debris travels towards the bottom). In doing so, you will also make the fountain head rise up. Turn your terracotta pot upside down and put the pump on top of it. If the pot isn’t large enough, you can use concrete blocks to make up for the extra height. The smaller the pot is, the more likely you will have to tie it down to keep it in place. In the meantime, the fountain jet should be facing up.
When installing pond water fountains, always have a professional electrician help you. The electrician will have to install an outdoor power socket. (Unless of course you already have one installed) For safety reasons it’s best to install a Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter, since technically the cord will be under the water and is thus potentially dangerous. After this stage you plug the pump into the socket. Some units have built-in ground fault interrupters, where others the GFI is an option.
Finally, you will adjust the water flow of your pond fountain by manipulating the switch or the screw that it is showing on the pump. Start low and move up slowly, deciding what is appropriate. If the unit comes with mutiple nozzles then the water flow can be determined by the size of the nozzle. Some of the nozzles produce a taller thinner spray where as other produce a shorter wider spray pattern. It is an involved task but in the end when you have beautiful pond fountains, it will be worth the effort!