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11 Step Guide To Spring Pond Cleaning In Maryland

You and every pond owner want their pond looking its best for the spring season.

Your pond may not be in the best condition after winter, and that means more than just its looks.

Sometimes the mechanics or plumbing is out of order. If this is the case, unless you fix it you may be seeing a lot more of us than you want to. It can be costly to maintain a broken pond.

Plus, since it isn’t operating at 100%, it won’t look as good either. It may even become embarrassing, like this pond below is:

Pond that is mucked and overgrown

We have, and will continue to have, clients who feel this way about their pond. Nobody should be feeling embarrassed by their pond.

You don’t have to.

You can use a spring pond cleaning service to restore your pond to its spring glory!

Check out our pond cleaning and maintenance services >>

Your pond will look beautiful, work smoothly, and once again be the highlight of your home instead of the embarrassing eyesore we know they can turn into.

Let’s see this video of the 11 step spring pond cleaning process:

1. Drain Your Pond

Draining your pond gives us the best chance at spotting anything that isn’t as it should be:

  • Malfunctioning mechanics
  • Liner tears
  • Overgrowing plants
Multiple sump pump drains the water for cleaning a koi pond

And anything else that is out of order. We want to get up close and personal with your pond so we can make sure it will be in peak condition.

Your fish will wait comfortably in temporary housing (a large tub with their old pond water) for a few hours while we clean.

Speaking of cleaning, we start that with the next step.

2. Clean Your Pond Filters

Your filters catch a lot of debris and muck and it needs cleaning. Otherwise, your filters won’t be able to clean your pond as well as they should.

Clearing out the filters as a part of spring pond cleaning

In this step, we are only removing the larger debris. We can clean the rest of it out later when we are cleaning the pond itself.

Speaking of cleaning, let’s start spring cleaning your pond!

You can learn about the different filters for your pond and their importance >>

3. Flush Your Pond

Your pond has a lot of muck in it.

It’s been gathering there since your pond went into winter hibernation and unless something is done it will continue to take over.

Spring pond cleaning includes flushing out your pond

This is where we come in and flush out most of it.

Some muck needs to be left because, believe it or not, it is actually an important part of your pond’s ecosystem. Mother Nature wasn’t wrong when she let muck appear in her ponds.

Now, let’s go take care of those filters.

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4. Rinse Filter Units

After flushing the pond we can flush the filters (this is why we waited a couple of steps to clean the filters).

Cleaning a skimmer unit for spring pond cleaning

This is the basket that holds the actual filter. We’ll get to cleaning that after our next step.

5. Drain Filter Units

Then we get the water out to make sure everything is as clean as can be.

Now we get to the actual filter cleaning.

6. Flush Out The Actual Filter

This is what catches all the muck and stuff your pond collects.

It’s not the prettiest sight in the world:

Cleaning filters and media without draining the pond for spring pond cleaning

But it helps your pond to be the prettiest sight you ever did see!

An Ion-Gen probe can also help your pond stay clean and clear, and if your pond has one we’ll take care of that next.

7. Clean Ion-Gen Probe *if one is installed*

Ion-Gen’s help keep algae levels down without using chemicals, so it’s ok for ponds with fish and plants:

The Ion Gen for pond cleaning

Now we can clean the rest of your pond, starting with a nice pressure wash.

You can learn more about how the Ion-Gen cleans your pond >>

8. Pressure Wash Pond

It may sound illogical, but we won’t completely scrub your pond.

Pressure washing the pond shelves and walls during spring pond cleaning

If we did, your pond wouldn’t be able to take care of itself as well or as quickly, resulting in your pond becoming an eyesore again.

Let’s not let this happen.

What we should do is start putting everything back together for you.

9. Put Filters Back Together

Your pond will not be left half-clean or partly put back together, we’ll make sure of it.

The first step is to put the filters back together and in place.

Putting a filter back together to wind up a spring pond cleaning

Now we’re just a couple steps away, let’s take it home!

10. Refill Pond & Treat The Water

Your fish will thank you for the water treatment.

We dechlorinate the water so your fish will have an easier time adjusting to the chemical balance of the water. Fish are sensitive to the makeup and temperature of water, so we’re sure to introduce them just right.

Check out this video to see our process:

11. Return Your Fish To Their Home

Your fish will love their clean, “new” home, and so will you. The only thing left is for you to enjoy your wonderfully clean pond.

But that begs the question: when will you do it?

When Will You Do Your Spring Pond Cleaning?

How long can you afford to wait to get your paradise back? We don’t want your pond to turn into an eyesore, we want it to be an amazing centerpiece for your home.

Do you like our process? Give us a yes or no in the comments below!

Summer is next, and you may want to know a few summer cleaning tips >>