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Pond Cleaning Services

Serving Portsmouth, RI, Southern Massachusetts & Eastern Connecticut

Pond & Water Feature Drain & Cleaning Service Contractor

Serving Portsmouth, Rhode Island, Also Serving Southern Massachusetts & Eastern Connecticut

Pond Cleaning Is Essential For A Healthy Ecosystem Fish Pond

Does your Portsmouth, Rhode Island (RI), Southern Massachusetts (MA) & Eastern Connecticut(CT) area fish pond need a full spring pond cleaning this season, or does it just need to be tidied up a little? There are a couple of things that you can look for to help you decide. First, if there is a layer of “crud” at the bottom of the pond and the water is dark in color, it would be a good idea to do a full pond drain and clean-out. On the other hand, if there is just a small amount of debris that you can stir up and capture with a net and the water looks clear, a little tidying up is all that’s in order and a spring start-up will suffice. Either way, if you live in the Portsmouth, Rhode Island (RI) surrounding areas, contact us to do it right.

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Not only do we design and build beautiful garden fountains and water features. We can also service and maintain your investments over the years to keep it looking beautiful all year. Pond, waterfall, fountain, and water feature service and cleanouts are our specialties. We service over 100 clients annually, so trust us to get the job done.

Our 10 Steps To Your Successful Spring Clean-Out

There is a lot of conflicting information out there about the do's and don'ts of pond and water garden cleaning and maintenance, so your head may be spinning, wondering which steps are necessary and which ones aren't. The whole point of installing your pond in the first place was to reduce the stress in your life, not add to it.

Cleaning your Portsmouth, Rhode Island (RI), Southern Massachusetts (MA) & Eastern Connecticut(CT) area pond doesn't need to be a complicated process, you just need to know the basic steps and the basic tools and supplies to do it right.

  1. Start Draining the Pond - An inexpensive pump, or a sump pump, is sufficient. Be sure you use some of the pond water to fill a container for the fish.
  2. Disconnect the Circulation System - This will allow the water in the plumbing to drain out.
  3. Catch the Fish - Drain the pond down to the lowest shelf in order to catch fish easily and safely.
  4. Remove Debris - Once the pond is drained, remove the large debris like leaves and twigs.
  5. Wash the Pond - A 1,500 psi pressure washer or a high-pressure nozzle on a garden hose is recommended for pond cleaning.
  6. Rinse the Pond - Rinse the pond from top to bottom with a garden hose, without the high-pressure nozzle. This will help wash any remaining pond debris from under the rocks. As the dirty water accumulates on the bottom, continue to pump it out.
  7. Clean the Filters - Spray the filtration media until relatively clean and rinse down the inside of the filter units.
  8. Refill the Pond - Pull the clean-out pump out and begin re-filling the pond.
  9. De-chlorinate the Water - Most city water contains chlorine and chloramines and should be treated with a de-chlorinator before fish are introduced.
  10. Acclimate the Fish - A spring clean-out can be stressful to fish, so proper acclimation is suggested to decrease stress and avoid future health problems. In order to properly acclimate your fish, you'll want to slowly introduce them to the water, by floating them in the pond and adding pond water little by little before letting them in.

Now your pond is officially ready for spring!

Fish Pond & Water Feature Maintenance, Repair & Service Contractor Serving Providence-RI, Southern Mass, Eastern CT & Rhode Island Areas