Having a pond on your property can be a serene experience, for both yourself and your guests. It can add personality, and a very peaceful, natural feel to your home. Having a pond can lead to you and your family spending more time outdoors, enjoying the cool breeze and the beautiful view. However, ponds can also be a chore to maintain, as the water isn’t always easy to keep clean. There are a number of ways to keep your pond looking nice and clear, however, and, although these methods can be time-consuming, they’re well worth it.
Drain the Pond Occasionally
One of the simplest ways to keep your pond in pristine condition is simply to drain dirty water from the pond whenever you notice it’s starting to become discoloured. In order to avoid wasting all of that water, use a long hose to direct the draining water from the pond out to your garden, trees, or any grass that you have on your property. Although this water is certainly too dirty to be used to clean your car, it’s perfectly healthy to use this pond water to keep your lawn and other plants watered.
Once all of the water is removed from the pond, you should also clean any pond plants that are present. Simply remove the plants, and rinse them off with the garden hose. Of course, if you have fish in your pond, you’ll need to place theme somewhere temporarily while you clean the pond.
If you have a wet vacuum, you could also vacuum up the bottom of the pond to remove dirt and grime that has settled there. This is by far the best way to get the pond thoroughly cleaned and to keep it clean for a longer period of time. If you have a pressure washer, use that to clean the sides and bottom of the pond, and then wet vacuum the bottom and sides again to be sure that all the dirt is removed from the pond. Now, you can go ahead and start placing the plants back in the pond, filling the pond with water, and finally, placing the fish back in the pond. You may want to place a de-chlorinator in the water as it’s filling up to keep your fish safe.
Use a Pond Pump Filter
Draining and then refilling the water in the pond frequently poses a number of problems that you might want to avoid if at all possible. First, it can be rather expensive to drain and refill your entire pond, especially if you have a rather large pond. Second, it can be tiresome to go thru this process every couple of weeks just to keep your pond water clear. For these reasons, many people that use this method end up neglecting the chore after doing it a few times. Eventually, the pond becomes very dirty, and this can be very bad for the fish in it, and can also attract insects that you probably don’t want around your home.
Probably the best way to keep your pond clean, both in terms of the amount of effort it requires, and in the amount of money it costs, is to use a pond pump filter. Most of these pond pumps are submerged in the water and filter the water by pumping it through a filter. There are various types of pumps that work in different ways to keep your pond water clean. Many do have problems with the pumps becoming clogged, but a simple solution to this is to use a pump with a pre-filter. This pre-filter prevents large objects from entering the pump at all, and thus only smaller items ever make their way into the pump and eventually down to the filter. The filter then traps the dirt and grime that eventually makes your pond appear dirty. There are other types of pumps that are specially designed to handle larger debris without becoming clogged, and this type of pump is great to use if you want to minimize the amount of time and effort you need to spend maintaining the pond yourself. Maintaining a pond can be tiresome, after all, so minimizing the effort you need to put in is always a good thing.
These pond pumps come in various sizes, so it can be difficult to know exactly what size would be best for the pond that you have, and the debris that needs to be filtered. Pumps can also be used to perform other tasks besides filtering. If, for example, your pond has a water feature such as a waterfall or a fountain, you may need a specialised pump. If you are planning to build a pond with a water feature, there will likely be a certain amount of water and a certain water pressure that is required to keep those features running optimally. If you have had the water feature custom built, the builder should be able to tell you the water pressure that would work for you, however, there are methods of calculating this depending on what you want to accomplish. If you want to build a waterfall, every two and a half centimetres of spill over width will require about three hundred seventy-five litres per hour. In this example, if the spillover of the waterfall is to be twenty-five centimetres wide, you’ll need a pump that can put out about one thousand nine hundred litres per hour.
The exact type of pump you need is ultimately going to depend on a number of factors which includes the purpose of the pump, the size of the pond, and the size and number of water features. There are pumps specifically designed to handle water features, others designed for fish ponds, and others that are even designed for swimming pools. The process of choosing a pump can be a confusing one, but you can always get help from Water Garden. Water Garden specialises in OASE pumps, which vary in their size and purpose. Whatever your need, however, you should certainly be able to find a pump that can do what you need it to do.