Clean It Yourself Or Hire A Professional To Do It?
If you clean it yourself, you can mark it down for your daily exercise, be proud of what you've done, and you can learn a little more about what's lurking beneath the water.
Should you decide to hire Acorn Ponds & Waterfalls, pond maintenance & cleaningcontractors who service the Rochester (NY) area, the job is going to be done right, taking little or no time away from your day. Plus, if Acorn happens to be washing out the filter media in your pond and finds an issue that requires an adjustment or repair, we can address it right there. We are experienced pond contractors and our trained eyes could even prevent a problem before it occurs.
The Basic's For Cleaning Ecosystem Ponds...
Don't Forget Bacteria
The five elements of your ecosystem pond all need to be balanced in order to insure that everything is working smoothly. They are:
The skimmer is designed to sweep the surface of the water so this it is free from debris. The debris basket inside the skimmer is the first filter stage of the skimmer. The basket will collect leaves, twigs, seeds, and other debris that falls or blows into the pond. It only takes a few minutes every other week to empty the debris basket. More frequent changes will be required during the fall because of the quantity of leaves falling off the surrounding trees.
It is a good habit during your first season with the pond to periodically check the quantity of debris in the basket. This is especially true in the fall. Keep a mental note as to how often your basket has to be emptied. It's important that the debris basket is not allowed to become too full as too much debris can reduce the water flow to the pump.
On occasion, you may see a reduction in the water flow over the waterfall. This could be a sign that it is time to clean the filter screen on the bottom of the pump. This process should take no longer than five minutes. Simply unplug and remove the pump from the skimmer or Pondless® Waterfall Vault and physically remove any debris found on the bottom of the pump. You may also want to physically remove any debris with your hands that may have found its way to the bottom of the skimmer or Pondless® Waterfall Vault, where the pump sits.
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General Maintenance Of The Biofalls Filter...
The BioFalls® filter is the starting point of your waterfall. The filter mats and media provide a home for the beneficial bacteria that help clean the pond. It is designed for once-a-year cleaning when used in combination with a Signature Series TMSkimmer or Pondless® Waterfall Vault pre-filter, ensuring that large debris is filtered from the water before it reaches the Signature SeriesTM BioFalls® filter.
Most ponds don't require the filter mats or filter media bag in the BioFalls® Filter to be cleaned more than once a year. Cleaning them, especially with chlorinated tap water, more often will reduce or kill the beneficial bacteria growing on these filters. Replace old filter mats after several years, when they begin to tear or fall apart. The filter mats can be removed for annual cleaning through the wider opening at the front of the rack.