What is the best time of year to clean a pond? The timing of a full pond cleaning is important, we suggest having this work done in early spring March, April and May before it gets to hot here in Atlanta.
The reason to have your pond cleaned is to remove fish waste, algae and other debris from the pond. It's amazing with even a good filter system on how much sludge and debris can still be found in the gravel, rocks and inside the pond filters! Excess sludge becomes nutrients for algae to grow, the best way to make sure it's all removed is a complete koi pond drain and cleaning by a Aquascape certified pond contractor. A pond should be fully drained and cleaned once a year to start the pond season.
We use large pumps are used to drain the pond quickly so we can get right to the dirty work of cleaning the pond. When the pond is empty the algae and leaf debris from the fall season are picked out and removed. The gravel and large rocks are also power-washed to remove algae stains from them. We then use a special pond vacuum to suck out the sediment, muck and sludge build up on the bottom of the pond and in the gravel. The pond vacuum is also used to clean out any filters you may have such as a skimmer filter or waterfall filter.
While the pond is drained, it's a good time for a general inspection of the liner for holes and low edges. The pump and filters are also inspected for operation, missing parts and filter pads they may need to be replaced. Most pond skimmer filter pads and water fall filter pads should be replaced about every three years.
During this spring time pond cleaning is also the perfect time to trim and cut back any pond plants. This will help spark new growth for the spring season. Plants can also be thinned out or repotted if needed while the pond is drained.
Refilling your pond in Johns Creek after the pond cleaning is as simple as using tap water from a garden hose. Depending on the size of the pond this could take up to a couple hours. A water treatment called a dechlorinator is used to remove the city chlorine from the tap water to make it instantly safe for your pond fish .
After your pond cleaning is complete, be sure to continue to add a beneficial pond bacteria into your pond every two weeks. This will help keep the water clear, control algae and reduce organics in the water. Are most popular product for this is Aquascape's Maintain liquid bacteria.
Having your pond cleaned by a certified pond contractor such as Paradise Ponds and Waterfalls takes this big yearly pond task off of your plate. We have been cleaning ponds in the Johns Creek and Duluth area of Georgia for over ten years! We have all the tools and equipment needed to do this job in a efficient manner so you can get back to enjoying your pond. How much does it cost to have a koi pond cleaned in the Johns Creek area depends on its size. Typical prices would be in the $700 to $1,100 range.
Jeff Krenner is a Certified Aquascape Contractor with Paradise Ponds and Waterfalls and has been helping pond keepers in the Johns Creek area for over 15 years.