DIY Pond Maintenance: What You Can Do and When to Call a Professional

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Maintaining a pond is a rewarding task that allows you to enjoy a healthy and vibrant water feature in your backyard. While some aspects of pond maintenance can be handled by homeowners themselves, there are times when calling a professional is the best course of action. In this blog post, we’ll guide you through some DIY pond maintenance tips and let you know when it’s time to call in the experts at Just Add Water.

DIY Pond Maintenance Tips

1. Regular Cleaning

Keeping your pond clean is one of the most straightforward maintenance tasks you can do yourself. Remove any visible debris like leaves, twigs, or trash that may have fallen into the pond. This helps prevent the buildup of organic matter that can lead to water quality issues.

2. Monitor Water Quality

Invest in a water testing kit to monitor the pH, ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate levels in your pond. These parameters are crucial for the health of your pond’s ecosystem. If you notice any significant changes, it may be time to seek professional help.

3. Control Algae

Algae growth is a common issue in many ponds. While some algae are beneficial, excessive growth can harm your pond’s ecosystem. You can control algae by limiting nutrients (often from overfeeding fish), adding more plants to absorb excess nutrients, and manually removing it when necessary.

4. Check Your Pond Equipment

Regularly check your pond’s pump, filter, and other equipment to ensure they’re working correctly. Clean filters and replace them as needed. If you notice any issues with the equipment’s operation, it might be time to call a professional.

When to Call a Professional

1. Significant Water Loss

If you notice your pond is losing water faster than normal evaporation rates, it could indicate a leak. Finding and repairing leaks can be complex and is often best left to professionals.

2. Persistent Water Quality Issues

If despite your best efforts, you’re still struggling with water quality issues, it’s time to call in the experts. They can help diagnose and treat the problem, ensuring your pond’s health isn’t compromised.

3. Major Algae Blooms

While minor algae issues can be handled by homeowners, a significant algae bloom may require professional intervention. Professionals can provide treatments to control the algae and advice on preventing future blooms.

4. Installation or Repair of Equipment

If your pond pump, filter, or other equipment needs to be installed or repaired, it’s often best to call a professional. They have the necessary expertise to ensure the job is done correctly and safely.

At Just Add Water, we understand that maintaining a pond can be a complex task. While there’s a lot you can do yourself, don’t hesitate to reach out when you need professional help. We’re experts in pond maintenance in Des Moines, Ames, Indianola, Johnston, and other regions throughout Iowa. Contact us today to learn more about our services.

Who We Are

Just Add Water is a locally-owned company that serves the state of Iowa for over 17 years. Our team is very enthusiastic about upgrading the yards and properties for all of our fellow Iowans, and we have the experienced crew to do so!

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