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Pond Cleaning & Pond Maintenance

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We Thank you for considering a maintenance plan for your fish pond or water feature. You have invested a considerable amount of money on your fish pond or water feature and while they do not require a great deal of time or energy to maintain them, there are certain things that must be done each spring and autumn, and some things that should be done periodically during the growing season from April through October. You may not have the time or inclination to work on your own pond and therefore Falling Water Designs offers the following maintenance plan to simplify your life and ensure your enjoyment of your new pond or water feature.

Most ponds and water features require an annual cleaning and water change in the spring. During the autumn and winter months leaves and other organic matter fall into the water and sink to the bottom and begin to decompose. To ensure fish health and water quality in the spring it’s a good idea to have the pond drained, scrubbed and refilled. A Spring cleaning usually takes the better part of a day. Spring cleanings are billed by the visit. Falling Water Designs also does pond maintenance calls.

A Pond Spring Cleaning includes the following:

Drain and clean the pond and refill
Check water quality, PH and ammonia levels
Check fish health
Check aquatic plants and move to the proper level, fertilize, and divide if necessary.
Check the pump and clean the volute
Check the skimmer
Start the biological filter
Start the UV Sterilizer
Check the auto-fill valve, lights, and other plumbing.

During the growing season between April and October it is important to periodically test the water quality, fertilize your plants, check your fish for signs of sickness, and clean your pump, volute, and biological filter. During this time most customers sign up for bi-weekly, or monthly maintenance visits. Maintenance visits are billed by the visit.

A Pond Maintenance visit includes the following:

Check water quality, PH and ammonia levels and adjust where necessary
Check fish health
Check aquatic plants, fertilize, clip and trim dead plant material
Check the pump and clean the volute
Check the skimmer
Check, clean and back-flush the biological filter
Skim the pond and remove as much dead organic plant material as possible.

Towards the end of October as the water temperature drops to 50 degrees your biological filter stops functioning as the bacteria dies off, and your aquatic plants start to die back. Dead organic matter dropping to the bottom of the pond creates an anaerobic situation and releases gasses that can become toxic to fish. To ensure better water quality and preserve your investment certain tasks need to be done. The fall visit is billed by the hour and usually takes two or three hours.

The Pond Fall visit includes the following:

Check water quality, PH and ammonia levels and adjust where necessary
Check fish health
Cut back aquatic plants, clip and trim dead plant material, prepare plants for winter.
Check the pump and clean the volute
Check the skimmer
Clean the biological filter, drain and store for winter
Drain and store the UV Sterilizer
Skim the pond and remove as much dead organic plant material as possible.
Lift the pump to winter height (When practical)
Net the pond to collect falling leaves. (When practical)

Because every pond or water feature is unique, consumables and vFWG Pondarious components are billed additionally only when needed. These may include but are not limited to; fertilizer tabs, dechlorinator, PH balancing chemicals, pond treatments, bacteria, underwater light bulbs, UV replacement lamps, filter matting, new plants and fish.

Falling Water Designs takes great care to assist in the continued health and well being of your pond’s flora and fauna through ongoing maintenance. Our maintenance consists of periodic visits and many factors affect fish and plant health and mechanical reliability. Because Falling Water Designs cannot control all variables that can affect a pond or water feature we cannot be held responsible for any damage that may occur to your pond and its flora or fauna.

If you have any questions or would like to sign up for maintenance or cleaning please feel free to call Falling Water Designs at 360-863-1400 or contact us here.