A waterfall spillway will give you a easy way to create a beautiful waterfall. We have a huge warehouse full of all kinds of waterfall spillways including; EasyPro, and Atlantic which are listed here.
First off... for those new to water features you may be asking yourself what is a waterfall weir? Basically a waterfall weir (wiki) is the same thing as a waterfall spillway. They are just different words to say the same thing.
Waterfall spilways provide a simple way to create a waterfall. If you were to just let the water gush out of the tubing at the top of the waterfall you would get all kinds of splash. And to top it off uneven water flow.
In cases where your waterfall is going to just spill right into the pond, a pond spillway will give you a even sheet of water with a great sound and look. One thing to keep in mind though is a pond spillway will not provide filtration. For that you will want to use a waterfall filter that has filter media in it. You can also use UV filters, or pressure, bead, and other filters that will give you filtration and allow you to use one of these pond weirs. Avoiding the extra cost of a biological waterfall filter.
Installing waterfall spillways is pretty simple. First, you want to have a berm built up. The berm will make it look more natural. Create a flat and level area for the waterfall weir to sit on. Along with your plumbing. This may be a little different depending on what brand of waterfall box you have. EasyPro has spillways like the Pro-Series that can be curved in design and also will provide a bulkhead on either side. Where Atlantic has the Big Bahama Pro-Series waterfall spillway that has a spinweld fitting on the back only. You want to look at this before you start doing any digging to avoid extra work.
Once you have the berm built and the resting place shaped to your waterfall weir spillway design the next step is to hook up the plumbing. Again, this will vary depending on the waterfall spillway design. Some you can use PVC cement and glue. With silicone on the bulkhead fittings. The waterfall weir kit you selected should come with instructions on how to hook it up.
Now you have the location and plumbing all set. Install any support that is needed to keep it in place. We usually just compact soil to the top of the pond weir and around the edges. When that is done you can also hide the waterfall box with stone. Boulders, gravel, or flat stones on the top of the weir will make it blend into the berm and hide it.
You can tweak the waterfall by placing stones on the pond spillway to give it different looks. Play around with it for the perfect look and sound you are looking for.
That is pretty much all there is to installing a waterfall weir box. If you still have questions you can always contact us. We have installed numerous waterfall boxes from all kinds of manufacturers and would be happy to help.
Here is a video that gives you a closer look at AtlanticWater Gardens Oasis waterfall spillway;
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