Hide the garden pump

In many gardens, a well is available for irrigation. More and more garden owners are moving from manual to electric pumping with a corresponding garden fountain pump. But then suddenly the pump is clearly visible or unprotected against the weather. So a garden pump should be hidden so that all requirements are met. Here are some tips on how to hide your garden pump.

Electric water pump not necessarily a nice eye-catcher

In many gardens, the garden hand pump (rotary pumps with a fountain) has had its day and should be replaced by an electric water pump. But while such a fountain can somehow still look quite romantic in a garden, this is by no means the case with an electric garden pump. So the garden pump has to be hidden. But you have to consider some requirements:

  • weatherproof (against sun, rain, heat)
  • against moisture and moisture from the outside (for example in the rain)
  • against condensation, which collects on the pump and leads there to corrosion
  • against invading animals and insects
  • frost-proof (pump as well as well suction line)

Hide the garden pump underground

In most cases, the first idea is simply to hide the garden pump underground in a pump shaft. But here is already the first difficulty that the shaft must be built so that no water can penetrate from the outside. Be sure to think of heavy rains - even if they can only be expected at intervals of several years.

Requirements for the pump shaft

So the shaft must either be built on a raised place in the garden or appropriately high. Alternatively, you can plan an all-round drainage using gravel backfilled on the outside, which then leads to a seepage pit or drainage. However, as much water must always be drained, as can be expected during the heaviest cloudburst or even at high tide.

The length of the sewer pipes in the well

You must also remember that you can not aspirate water over any length of lines. Under "Pump house" we have explained to you what it is with the maximum head, the atmospheric pressure (air pressure) and negative pressure during conveying on it.

Power supply to the pump hiding place

Remember, however, that you need to put in a power supply. You can bury power lines in a protective tube, but then have to excavate deep enough so that you do not later split the line when digging up your garden. There is the highest danger to life!

The pump house as a professional alternative

In addition, you must also take into account that you must be able to open most of the "hiding places" for your garden pump at any time. The fewest pump houses or pump shafts are frost-proof. That means, at least in autumn and spring you have to remove or install the pump. Not to forget, if there is a defect in the garden pump. For this you can dress up such a pump house chic or beautify with vine plants, so that it integrates perfectly.

Frost resistance of the ear and pump

However, the hiding place must also be built so that the suction line is possibly frost-proof. Depending on the head (follow the link to the pump house mentioned above), a foot valve must be in the suction line, which keeps the water in the suction pipe. Accordingly, a frost may prevail here, if you do not want to empty the suction pipe regularly and vent again.

Tips & Tricks

Under "Building the pump house itself" we have created a guide for you how to build a pump house yourself and fulfill all the requirements. Both that the garden fountain pump is hidden, as well as that all weather and technical requirements are optimally met.

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