How To Clean Pond Filters: 5 Steps To A Cleaner Pond

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Learning how to clean pond filters can help you keep your pond cleaner and even clearer than it is right now. Pond filters can include skimmers, which draw in leaves, muck, and debris, or a biofalls which uses beneficial bacteria to purify the water itself. Cleaning pond filters can happen in 5 steps: removing the filter, cleaning the harder parts, removing debris, cleaning the filter media, and finally putting it back together.

Let’s check in on Charles’ pond cleaning as he tries to find out how cleaning pond filters is done.

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“Cleaning these different pond filters every few days wasn’t getting any more fun,” Charles says with a pained look.

Before cleaning pond filters happens

Andrew smiles knowingly, “I’ll bet. I have a pond too so I know how dirty they can get, especially when they aren’t working right. I’m glad you called us in to clean your pond when you did because who knows how bad it would have gotten.”

Charles raises his eyebrows in surprise, “What, really? It could have gotten worse?! Jeez, and I thought it was bad enough already. So, how do you guys clean filters differently than us pond owners?”

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“Well,” Andrew responds, “we just do a much deeper clean than most pond owners can do without renting equipment and spending hours of time. It’s a 5-step process that includes power washers and getting dirty.”

“Oooohh, ok, that makes sense. It seems like a lot of work. So, then, what are the 5 steps you use to clean pond filters?”

How To Clean Pond Filters

  1. Remove basket, mat, pump, check valve, and anything else in the filter
  2. Carefully clean the harder parts with a power washer
  3. Remove any debris from the bottom
  4. Take apart filter and clean the filter media with a hose using water from the pond
  5. Put the filter back together
How to clean pond filters

“So for this first part,” Andrew starts, “we’re going to be removing all the parts inside the filter so we can clean each part individually.”

“Cleaning each part individually is a great idea. Wish I had done that but I didn’t want to take everything apart. Didn’t want to put it back wrong and it’s too much work.” Charles thinks to himself.

“After that, we clean the harder parts with a power washer to make sure it’s fully clean.”

“Are you sure a power washer won’t chip or crack any of the parts?!” Charles says in alarm. “Oh no, we have the power washer on a safe setting and keep it a good distance away so nothing gets broken,” Andrew says calmly.

“Whew, that’s good haha,” Charles laughs nervously. “I got a little worried for a minute there,” he thinks before settling back to hear the rest on how to clean pond filters.

“Once those parts are clean we remove debris and muck from the filters themselves. They won’t be of much use if they keep clogging, as you seem to know all too well.” Charles laughs dryly in agreement with Andrew.

Cleaning the bioballs from the biofalls pond filter

“Then we take out the filter media, the thick foamy-looking mats and the bag of ball-looking things, and clean those with water from the pond. We use a sump pump for this, which pumps the water out of the pond. It’s an expensive piece of equipment but it works really well, especially because it doesn’t hurt the beneficial bacteria on the filters.”

“Makes sense,” Charles agrees. “I just wouldn’t rent it to clean my pond for one day, especially with all the other steps to cleaning a pond that goes with it. So, what’s after that?”

“The final step is to put it back together and make sure it does its job. If it doesn’t then we come back out to find out why it isn’t and fix it,” Andrew finishes.

Pond with clean filters and everything else

“Wow, so it only takes you 5 steps to clean pond filters? I mean, they do take time and effort and getting dirty, so I guess it’s a good thing it’s a shorter process,” Charles chimes in. Andrew laughs and nods in agreement.

“Would you like to know about anything else or do you have any questions,” Andrew asks politely. “No thanks, I’m good,” Charles responds. “In that case, would you mind if I get back to helping my team finish cleaning your pond?” “Oh yeah, of course,” Charles easily replies. “I’ll head inside and catch up with you at the end of the day.” 

Charles walks back into his house knowing his pond is going to be clean and beautiful again.