Sump Pump Pros and Cons

"We like the house a lot. It's got all the features we're looking for. The only thing that worries me is the sump pump in the basement. Obviously the house has some sort of water problem." It's easy to imagine a prospective home buyer voicing concerns about a sump pump located in a basement or crawl space. But is having one always a bad sign? Is a house automatically better off without one? How reliable are they at keeping water [...]

How Many Fish Can Your Garden Pond Take?

The maximum number of fish you can have in a pond depends on the volume of the water, the quality of the water, the size of the fish, the species of the fish, the climate of the area and the food available.If the pond has no pump, filter or other equipment, in a warm climate, you shouldn't keep more than two 15 centimetre fish per cubic metre (two 6 inch fish per cubic yard). You can keep fish at [...]

Why Won’t My Swimming Pool Pump Move the Water?

"Prime" refers to the ability of the pump to fully circulate water from the pool, to the pump and filter, and then back to the pool. If the pump does not prime, the water within the pump continues to get hotter and hotter, eventually warping the pump basket and possibly doing other damage to the equipment. Not to mention the fact that your pool will be sitting without circulating or filtering, basically stagnating.There are a number of factors that [...]

Explaining Cold Water Accumulators

What is a Cold Water Accumulator? Cold water accumulators are an efficient, energy saving way to deal with the problem of low incoming water pressure to your heating system, and the simplest way to think of them is as a large water storage tank which adds water, topping up the heating system when the demand is greatest. They consist of a steel tank with two chambers separated by a diaphragm. One side of the diaphragm is sealed and pressurized with compressed [...]

Diffused Aerators vs Surface Aerators

The two most common types of pond aeration systems are diffused aerators and surface aerators. While each is highly effective, each has certain pros and cons that make them the appropriate choice based on your ponds characteristics.Diffused aeration systems utilize the power of air to de-stratify the water column and infuse oxygen into the pond. Typical set up involves an air compressor that pushes air through tubing down to diffuser(s) located and the bottom of the pond. [...]

How to Maintain the Right Water Pressure in Your Plumbing

Improper water pressure is a common plumbing problem. If you have such a problem, the first step toward diagnosing and remedying it is measuring your static water pressure.This is easy enough to do with a water pressure measuring gauge, which most hardware and home improvement stores carry. This simple device consists or a measuring gauge and a standard hookup like those on a garden hose that you can screw onto an exterior hose bib or your washing machine's cold [...]

The Advantages and Disadvantages of Ceramic Disc Taps

Taps drip. It's inevitable, like death and taxes. Traditional taps seal using a rubber ring screwed down over the end of a metal pipe. Sooner or later the rubber is going to go hard, split or just wear away and it will no longer seal. Then water seeps through, and the tap starts dripping. Left alone the problem gets worse as the water wears away the valve seat. Then you'll have to either re-grind the valve seat(Do you own a valve seat re-grinder? Who would?) [...]

3 Ways to Prevent Pond Dredging

Pond dredging is the process by which pond muck, sediment, and sludge that has built up over time is removed by a machine. This process can be done in a couple different ways, but each process has the same end goal: Increase pond depth Improve pond appearance Benefit pond health One more thing that's always the same: Dredging your pond is very expensive.Why Dredge My Pond? Pond dredging sometimes becomes necessary when pond depth becomes too shallow for the pond to be self-sustaining. Ponds [...]