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Cleaning Your Skimmer

Cleaning Your Skimmer

Today’s ponds are very low maintenance because of modern innovations such as up-flow filters and skimmers. Pond maintenance only takes a few minutes periodically, but ponds are not maintenance free. One of the most common problems with ponds is that the homeowner doesn’t properly clean the skimmer. Plant material eventually gets behind the skimmer pad and into the area where the pump is kept. The number one failure of pumps is caused by material gathering around the pump intake, restricting the flow of water and causing the pump to over heat and eventually fail.

Look over the following pictures that show how to properly clean out a skimmer box.

The net should be emptied whenever it is full of debris. In the summer that isn’t very often, but in the fall it could be every few days as falling leaves build up in the net.

The skimmer pad should be cleaned anytime you notice that the water level in front of the pad is higher than the water behind the pad. A clean pad will have equal levels of water on both sides. As the pad clogs with tree needles and other debris, it is harder for the water to flow through. You will notice the water on the back side is lower.

When that happens, follow the instructions below:

Turn off pump and close skimmer door

Turn off pump and close skimmer door.

Unscrew the pvc union, remove the pump.

Unscrew the pvc union, remove the pump.

Remove the filter matting.

Remove the filter matting.

Remove filter matting tray.

Remove filter matting tray.

Clean filter matting with hose.

Clean filter matting with hose.

Clean both sides of matting.

Clean both sides of matting.

Empty skimmer net and wash.

Empty skimmer net and wash.

Clean with wet/dry vacuum.

Clean with wet/dry vacuum.

Reinstall tray matting and net.

Reinstall tray matting and net.

Open door, turn system on.

Open door, turn system on.

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Rick Perry installed his first pond in his parents garden when he was only 15 years old! Ponds were built out of concrete back then. His parents still own that home and the original pond has been expanded and rebuilt twice, as the technology in pond liners, pumps, and filters continued to evolve. Rick’s love of water in the garden never went away and for over 16 years he continued to install ponds in his own homes and those of his friends and family. After someone suggested that Rick could make a living off of doing what he loved, Falling Water Designs was born. Rick has been involved in the water garden industry longer than there has been a water garden industry. He is very excited by the continuing innovations that are making it possible for every homeowner to enjoy a low maintenance, affordable water feature in the garden. Rick has been interviewed and featured in Koi World Magazine, Sports Illustrated, and Water Features for Every Garden by Helen Nash.