Is an overflow for my pond hard to install?
Brynn – Baton Rouge, LA
You can blame it on El Nino or point the finger at global warming. Perhaps you have another explanation, or maybe there’s none at all. But just between you and me – doesn’t it seem like rain storms have become more intense in recent years?
A sudden volume of rain can cause ponds, without an overflow, to flood. While this won’t do any damage to your pond, installation of an overflow will save you some time and effort either pumping out the excess water or dealing with a sullied shoreline when the water eventually recedes.
An overflow is simply a means by which excess water is drained from your pond. The easiest way to install one is to drill a hole into the side of your skimmer. Make sure the hole is near the top so you don’t drain your pond too low. Attach a leak proof Bulk Head to the hole (they come in sizes from ¾” to 4” in diameter), which provides a female thread on both sides of the seal. Twist in the proper-sized Male Adapter that will allow you to seamlessly connect whatever length of heavy duty Kink Free Tubing you need to run from your pond to a drainage ditch (for aesthetic reasons, we suggest you bury the tubing). The interior of our Kink Free Tubing is smooth to minimize friction and the material is flexible and will not crack if water is left inside during the cold winter months. We also guarantee that the tubing will be kink-free.
So, consider doing a little preventive overflow work on a sunny day, to save yourself the aggravation and worry when the rains come – and the water rises.
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