Here you can see our instructions on how to clean pond pumps properly, so you have as long as possible of your product. Proper maintenance and care of pond pumps can significantly increase life expectancy. If you knew in what condition we have received the pond pumps from customers for repair in the last ten years, you would be amazed. Partly the mud from the package runs out when unpacking. Of course, it is no wonder that the pond pump will eventually give up the ghost.
For most pond pumps, the correct cleaning is already as a guide in the instructions for use. Sometimes this is not the case, and that is why we have created this step by step guide for you. In general, you should always follow the instructions of the manufacturer, if available.
- First of all, disconnect the pump from the mains for safety
- The second step is to get the pond pump out of the pond for cleaning
- remove the hose nozzle from the housing, simply unscrew and leave the pond hose on the hose nozzle
- open the pump basket (grid housing) depending on the pump model (partially with screwdriver or clips)
- There is the actual pond pump
- Wash and brush the pump basket thoroughly to remove algae coverings
- Then you also wash the genuine pump on which the power cable is also cast
- with a watering can you can pour water into the pump opening, so that mud is flushed out of the pump chamber (you should also turn the impeller with your finger slightly)
- Depending on the pump model, you can now open the pump chamber lid with a screwdriver or with a click-lock
- Always be very careful, as plastic components are often susceptible
- there is still a seal between the pump chamber lid and the pump motor, which you should also wash off and rub with tallow (silicone spray or other lubricants, of course)
- Now you can pull the impeller (drive unit, rotor) out of the engine to the front
- wash this thoroughly, too
- Depending on the pond pump, the impeller always has an axle with ceramic bearings, which is very wear-resistant
- inspect the ceramic bearing for any damage (in the case of damage, spare parts are commercially available, usually as a complete running unit)
- Now, also flush out the inside of the pump motor where the impeller is generally seated
- if everything is clean, you can reassemble the pump, and you’re done
- Often, small brushes are very convenient to get to the hard to reach places
- Especially if the thread algae and limescale adhere very firmly to the pump parts, it is recommended to put all components in a bucket with water and to dose, the Söll pumps and UVC care to do so, let it all rest for a few days until the agent Dirt has softened
- After this exposure time, you can wash everything off much more comfortable, and the components of the pond pump are in perfect shape again
- Incidentally, this process is also quite practical over the winter months
- If the pond pump is clean and deep enough in the pond not to freeze, you can leave it in the lake in winter, of course always at your own risk
You must always clean the pond pump immediately when you remove it from the pond. The sludge in the pump must not dry out. If this is the case, the ceramic bearing can settle in the pump motor and break when switching on the pond pump. Or the engine burns because the impeller does not turn. However, depending on the model, there are circuit breakers, etc. If you have no time to clean the pump in the winter after removal from the pond, put it in a bucket of water in the basement. The Soll pump care and the cleaning can be done later. But do not forget to replenish evaporated water in the bucket for more extended periods.
Decalcify the pond pump properly when calcifying
It always happens that a pond pump calcifies when the water hardness in the pond is too high. This can be seen on a white lime layer on the pump housing and inside the pond pump. If the lime inside the pump becomes too much, it will suffer from moving parts such as the impeller (running unit). This can destroy the pond pump. Depending on the manufacturer, this also voids the warranty for defects caused by calcification. Descale the pond pump if necessary. Here are some photos of a calcified pond pump for viewing.
How can I descale a pond pump?
- Fill a bucket with water.
- Put a hefty dose of Söll pump and UVC cleanser into the bucket of water.
- For decalcifying, place the individual components of the pond pump in the bucket with water and Söll pond pump care product.
- Leave the items in it for about one week.
- Now remove the parts and brush them clean with a brush until all the limescale has been removed.
- Then you can reassemble the pond pump.
- Descaling works with this care product even with UVC quartz glasses. (place in the bucket with water and care products over the winter months)
And already we have decalcified our pond pump properly. The better you clean, maintain, and care for your pond pump, the longer you will have it. Always bear in mind that inadequate maintenance and care, depending on the manufacturer, may constitute a breach of the warranty. Not necessary, but as I said: “can.”
That is entirely up to you. In any case, you should always do that if significantly less water is pumped, because then in such a case, something is clogged somewhere. If the pond pump is located directly at the bottom of the pond in the mud, the cleaning interval is much higher. The best place the pump on a clean surface underwater. If you have severe water, calcification of the pump cannot be excluded. If your pond has such a high water hardness, you should keep an eye on the pond pump. It’s rare, but we already had customers where the ceramic warehouse was seized by limescale every four weeks. If this is the case, you should do a partial water change with softer water.
Never pinch the mains plug of the pond pump.
If the pond pump does not run even after cleaning, there may be a defect in the engine. If you still have a warranty, you can then claim it. In any case, do not pinch the power cord of the pond pump as this warranty may void the warranty. Unfortunately, this comes from previously unexplainable reasons, again and again.