Water Feature Cleanings
At Cool Ponds, we have professional technicians who have cleaned hundreds of water features. Our cleanings are performed efficiently, safely, and will set up your water feature for a great season.
Do I need to hire a professional to clean my water feature?
Once you understand the mechanics of cleaning, it is not terribly difficult. If you're interested in learning if you can clean your pond yourself, watch our pond cleaning demo video.
Keep in mind-- pond cleanings are MESSY, and it's usually very cold! Cleaning also requires some bulky equipment you may not want to store.
The short answer? No, you don't need to hire a pro. But if you want to save yourself the effort, we're ready to help!
What does a pond cleaning entail?
The main objective is to remove waste from the pond that would normally feed algae.
During our cleanings, we do this exact process (with great success!):
Remove all the water from the feature with our high capacity pumps, placing your fish in a holding tank that we provide.
Remove large chunks of debris by hand.
Clean your filters.
Rinse and drain creek and pond (or only creek if you have a pond-free waterfall) until the majority of sludge is removed.
Fill with fresh water and return your fish to the pond.
You'll notice that we drain absolutely all the water every time. Only partially draining the feature is just a waste of your time. We also "rinse" with just a high pressure nozzle on a garden hose. Power washing is not only not necessary but can be harmful!
How much does Cool Ponds charge for a cleaning?
We charge by the man hour for pond cleanings, which is $120 an hour.
We cannot give estimates for how long a cleaning will take. It depends on a lot of things: how often you've fed your fish, whether you use high quality water treatments during the summer, your water pressure, etc.
For a properly built water feature that is maintained throughout the year, an annual cleaning will take an average of 2 - 5 hours. Average ponds range in sizes from 500 - 1500 gallons.
Should I clean in the spring or the fall?
Most of this decision comes down to personal preference: do you like to wrap up your yard work in the fall to have an easier time in the spring? Or do you like the exhilaration of a spring cleaning to start off the season?
Although spring is typically more popular, there are some great reasons to clean in the fall as well.
Either way, it's important to clean in cooler weather, while your beneficial bacteria colonies are not thriving.
How often should I clean my water feature?
Think of cleaning your water feature like cleaning your house. If you do regular upkeep on your housework, then you probably don't have to do a major deep clean but maybe every year or so, right? But if you let the dust accumulate, let the dishes sit on the counter, and keep the vacuum in the closet untouched, then it's a possibility that two deep cleanings a year may not be enough!
For ponds, you should clean if you see a thick layer of debris built up on the bottom. Usually this is once a year or every two years. For pond-free waterfalls, a cleaning every three to four years is adequate.
When should I contact Cool Ponds to clean my water feature?
Our cleaning services are in high demand, so make sure to plan ahead. We complete spring cleanings March through May, and those spots usually fill up by mid February.
Fall cleanings have a little more availability. Contact us in July, August, or September for a fall cleaning as late as November (weather permitting).
Contact us today to schedule your water feature cleaning service!