Cleaning Services For Ponds, Streams, Waterfalls, Fountains & Water Gardens
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Media, Middletown & Delaware County, PA Surrounding Areas
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Pond cleaning, in our areas of Media, Middletown & Delaware County, PA, happens, usually, in the early to mid spring. Ecosystem ponds will benefit from having the water removed and rocks and gravel power washed, to remove any excess algae or organic debris. Some ponds or water gardens may need a lighter "filtration" system cleaning also, this depends on the amount of fish and plants that are in the pond system.
There is a lot of conflicting information out there about the do's and dont's of water garden maintenance, so your head may be spinning, wondering which steps are necessary and which ones aren't. The whole point of installing your pond in the first place, was to reduce the stress in your life, not add to it. Cleaning your pond doesn't need to be a complicated process, you just need to know the basic steps, and the basic tools and supplies, to do it right.
Things You Need For A Proper Cleaning
- Start Draining the Pond - An inexpensive pump or a sump pump is sufficient. Be sure you use some of the pond water to fill a container with, for the fish.
- Disconnect the Circulation System - This will allow the water in the plumbing to drain out.
- Catch the Fish - Drain the pond down to the lowest shelf, in order to catch fish easily and safely.
- Remove Debris - Once the pond is drained, remove the large debris like leaves and twigs.
- Wash the Pond - A 1,500 psi pressure washer, or a high-pressure nozzle on a garden hose, is recommended for pond cleaning.
- Rinse the Pond - Rinse the pond from top to bottom with a garden hose, without the high-pressure nozzle. This will help wash any remaining pond debris from under the rocks. As the dirty water accumulates on the bottom, continue to pump it out.
- Clean the Filters - Spray the filtration media until relatively clean and rinse down the inside of the filter units.
- Refill the Pond - Pull the clean-out pump out and begin re-filling the pond.
- De-chlorinate the Water - Most city water, here in Media, Middletown & Delaware County, PA surrounding areas, contains chlorine and chloramines and should be treated with a de-chlorinator before fish are introduced.
- Acclimate the Fish - A spring clean-out can be stressful to fish, so proper acclimation is suggested to decrease stress and avoid future health problems. In order to properly acclimate your fish, you'll want to slowly introduce them to the water by floating them in the pond, and adding pond water little by little, before letting them in.
Now your pond is officially ready for spring!