How to Install Submersible Water Pumps

Written by carl pruit
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Submersible water pumps are versatile and can be used for everything from pumping well water for your home to creating a fountain in your yard or even a waterfall to decorate your pool landscape. A submersible water pump operates by sitting in the water at the lowest spot available and drawing the water through the bottom of the pump, pushing it through plastic tubing until it reaches the point where it is needed. Installing your submersible water pump is fairly easy to do, giving you the ability to move your water supply wherever you need or just use it to enhance your landscaping.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Breeze blocks or bricks
  • Flex tubing
  • Clamp
  • Screwdriver

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  1. 1

    Place a breeze block at the lowest point of your water feature and set the submersible pump on top of the block. If you have a shallow pond, use a block fence cap or bricks to set your submersible pump on. The purpose is to keep sediment that settles to the bottom of your pond from getting sucked into the pump.

  2. 2

    Place a metal clamp over your flex tubing about four inches from the end and then attach the tubing over the water outlet stem of your submersible pump. Move the clamp so that it is about 1/2 inch from the end of the hose, and tighten the clamp with a screwdriver.

  3. 3

    Lay out the flex tubing so that it directs the water to where you want it delivered. Secure the end of the flex tubing with landscaping like rocks, or attach the end to the inlet valve of a fountain feature.

  4. 4

    Plug the electrical cord from the pump into the nearest GFCI electrical socket. Inspect the electric cord to verify that it is not laying in any hazards or dangerous places. If possible, run the electrical cord up a post or exterior wall to keep it out of the way.

  5. 5

    Turn the submersible water pump on and verify that it is moving the water through the tubing properly. Check for any leaks in the flex tubing or other trouble areas and correct any problems.

Tips and warnings

  • Plug your submersible water pump into a Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) electrical socket. It will trip the circuit instead of burning out your pump in the event of any electrical problem.
  • Check to verify that your submersible pump is large enough for the amount of water that you want to pump through it.
  • Verify the location of any electrical or utility lines before you start digging to lay out the lines for your pump.

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