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Water features are a great way to add a touch of elegance to any backyard. If you recently invested in water features installation, you are likely spending your down time enjoying your new fountain, pond, or artificial waterfall. But it is never too early to start investing in its maintenance.
Follow these simple tips for keeping your new piece looking like new for years to come:
- Clean the pump. When your water feature seems to be flowing more slowly than usual, it could be because the pump is clogged. It is essential to keep debris out of your pump and to change the filters regularly. Ask your water features installer whether they have a cleaning services available.
- Control algae. To keep algae at bay in ponds, you can either apply chemical products to the water or try to aerate the water. If you have fish, or if other wildlife frequent the pond, aeration may be the best option. This works by pumping extra oxygen into the water, which pushes out excess carbon dioxide. This essentially cuts off the algae’s air supply.
- Buy the right products. A basic detoxifier and a sludge cleaner are a useful set of products to start with. It is important to remove excess nitrates and other unnecessary compounds from your water feature using the detoxify. A sludge cleaner will help remove buildup from your pump and the sides of the pond, fountain, or waterfall.
- Address leaks quickly. If you notice a pool of water around your feature, this likely means that there is a leak. Start by cleaning the feature to check if debris has caused an overflow or pump backup. If this doesn’t seem to be the case, inspect the liner for visible cracks. Once you spot the issue, apply soil or gravel to block it off. It is also a good idea to call the water features installation company for professional repair.
- Perform seasonal care. When winter comes around, your water feature may need to be turned off. Ponds require special care, especially if you have fish. For these features, be sure to aerate the water and stop feeding the fish. They will go into hibernation far underneath the water but still need access to oxygen.
Always be sure to call your water features installation professional with any questions about your backyard piece. They will have care and cleaning recommendations specific to your product. By keeping your water features design in top condition, it can remain a beautiful landscape construction centerpiece.