If you shut your pond down during the winter season in Rochester, Monroe County New York (NY) we recommend removing the pump from the filter and storing it in a bucket of water in a frost free location. The water will help maintain the life of the seals on the pump while in storage. Please note that the pump, depending on how long it has been out of operation over the winter may need to be “kick-started”.
Store pump in an area where the pump will not freeze and cover to eliminate evaporation.
Place pump in a bucket of water so the rubber seals do not dry out and crack.
To test, plug the pump into the electrical outlet prior to installing the pump back in the skimmer and visually inspect if the pumps impeller is spinning. If the pumps impeller does not start spinning on its own use a screw driver or similar device to assist the impeller. Once the impeller begins spinning the lubrication will be reintroduced between the seals and the pump should start on its own. The pump can now be installed back into the water feature.
* Tip: Place a piece of plastic wrap over the bucket to reduce evaporation.
If you are located near Rochester, NY and need help removing your pump, preparing your pond for the winter or have any pond maintenance questions, call or Contact us, Acorn Ponds & Waterfalls at 585.442.6373.
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