Bring Back The Frogs: Three Tips To Troubleshoot Your Pond Pump Problems

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Bring Back The Frogs: Three Tips To Troubleshoot Your Pond Pump Problems

30 July 2015
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Articles


Have you noticed an increase in the number of mosquitoes in your backyard this summer? It has no doubt coincided with a decrease in the frog population that previously loved to hang out in your pond. While frogs love to hang out in ponds during the heat of the summer, dirty water is a big no-no when it comes to frog health. This is because frog skin is like a sponge and dirty water can be absorbed easily into their body, making them sick. The water in your pond could be dirty because your pond pump is not working properly. Here are three tips to troubleshoot your pump problems so your pond water can be cleaned up on the double.

Check The Electrical Supply

If your pond pump is doing absolutely nothing at all, the first point to check is the electrical supply. Because your pump is plugged into an electrical socket outside, there are a number of things that could go wrong with it:

  • The electrical socket itself is not working. To test this, take another electrical device out to the socket the pump is plugged into. If this device also does not work, it is the electrical socket at fault and you need an electrician to repair or replace it.
  • The pump has overheated due to not enough water running through it and the safety switch has turned it off. Wait for the pump to cool down for one hour before you attempt to run it again. Make sure it is fully submerged in the water during the restart process, and look for any signs water is having difficulty entering the pump as this indicates a clog.

These are just a couple of example, but feel free to get in touch with a pond pump repair company, such as Kona Land and Water Escapes, if you think that there may be an internal electrical issue that isn't fixed with either of these troubleshooting methods. 

Check For Clogs In The Pump

If the water isn't flowing into your pump at a rate that makes you feel suction when you hold your hand up to the intake pipe, your pump may have a clog. Checking for clogs is relatively easy, but the key step to this is to make sure you unplug your pump from electricity before you take it apart.

Place the unplugged pump onto a dry, level surface and undo the screws holding the two parts of the casing together. You may immediately see twigs, dirt or pondweed has become lodged in the intake pipe. This must be gently pulled out in case some of it is wrapped around the motor or the impeller. If there is no immediate sign of a blockage in the intake or outlet pipes, then you need to remove the casing around the motor to check this area too. The motor casing is held in place with small screws, so make sure you put them in a safe place for when you put the pump back together.

Check The Impeller

Within the motor is a piece called the impeller. This is a vital part of the motor as it moves the water through the pump. When the impeller spins, it creates a vacuum that pulls the water into the motor, which then pushes the water back out the discharge pipe.

Pondweed and other long pond grasses can get wrapped around the spindle of the impeller and this stops it from moving. If the impeller has tried to move while it is tied up, you could have either broken the impeller or caused the motor to burn out. Both of these problems are going to require the care of an experienced pond pump repairer.

These three tips are the first steps you must take when your pump is not doing its job. If all of these tips do not help with your pump problem, it is time to call in professional help. The faster you get your pump back to life, the faster you will regain clean water in your pond. This will entice back your neighborhood frogs and, in turn, will lead to a reduction of mosquito slapping as you try to enjoy your next summer barbecue.