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Is an overflow for my pond hard to install? | Decorative Ponds & Water Gardens Q&A

Is an overflow for my pond hard to install?

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.

Pond Talk: Do you have an overflow set up in your pond?

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4 Responses

  1. Thanks for the article and the comments. What I have learned here will help me with my project.

  2. Can you do a future article about how to install a drain field to an exsisting pond ?
    My pond holds about 2 to 3,000 gallons. My skimmer has a two inch hole which I thought I hooked up and approiate lenght of flex tubing to and put wire mesh over the end to help keep it from blocking up.

    Thomas Jurban

    • Hi Thomas,

      I can certainly make suggestions for future articles though I’m not quite certain what you are looking for. Most customers run the water to an existing ditch or out the back of a retaining wall. There is not usually a need to construct an area to dump the water. Do you have a particular situation where this is not an option?

  3. A couple of years ago we had a construction company come in and install an over flow control for us for our pond. It works great! Our pond is about 1 acre in size. This spring I bought your WhiteCap and lowered the pond water prior to treating the water. I was hoping the rain would slow down and not start to flow out of the pond. About 2 weeks into the 30 days, water started to overflow. Our 30 days were up yesterday and we are now removing the weeds it killed. All in all, I think the Whitecap worked very well. We are using Muck Away and Pond Clear and the water is clearer than it has ever been. I am using a mixture of the Blue and Black dye to help cut down on the weed growth. If I just use the Blue dye our kids tease us that the pond looks like Tidy Bowl. Our kids bought Lou 250 Japanese Trapdoor Pond Snales for Father’s Day to help control Algea. And then there is the constant battle with Muscrats…..we keep our local trapper very busy. Last night my husband saw a snapping turtle so I’ll have to call the trapper again. My in ground Pool was much easier to care for that we had at our last house 15 years ago. But my husband loves this pond and has it stocked with an assortment of fish. Thanks for all your help when I write to you with a problem I’m not sure how to handle. You have been very helpfull to us.

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