Pump maintenance (Super Pond branded - HJ Models)
Water feature pumps are recommended for use in clear water. This means the area (sump or pond) where the water is being pumped from needs to be free from debris.
Most water feature pumps have a sponge that reduces the amount of debris, silt or particulates from entering the impellor. This does not filter the water, it on collects particles in the water to reduce them being sucked into the impellor.
Because of this sponge it is imperative that the pump be maintained regularly.
Pump maintenance needs to be a regular event, we even suggest putting a notation in your calendar as a reminder.
It is simple, and with regular checking it can alleviate any pump performance problems caused by blockages or worn parts.
Suggestion: Place your pump on an elevated flat surface preferably terracotta or plastic (concrete/cement blocks NOT recommended). This will help reduce the pumping of sludge and debris that cause wear on the impellor and shaft.
String algae, sludge algae and blanket weed can also inhibit the impellors performance causing additional wear on the shaft. This wear will mean you will have to regularly maintain your pump and replace worn impellors and shafts.
Pond sludge, floating particulates and algae can be dealt with using ECOPOND products.
These steps can be mirrored to most pond pumps on the market, the hardest part is figuring out how to get the casing undone...
Please remember to unplug your pump before beginning any maintenance.
Remove the pump from the pond by the casing, NOT the cord! Pulling a waterlogged pump by the cord can fracture the wiring inside the cord.