Maintenance is Important
An aeration system is an essential addition to any pond or lake. The most important function of your aeration system is to deliver oxygen into the water. This keeps the water moving and circulating giving the pond a clean, healthy look. Although it is an excellent complement for any pond, having an aeration system will come with necessary upkeep. One of the things to keep in mind is that the aeration system has a pump, which will run on a regular basis. Maintaining your system is important to minimize the need for repairs or the need to invest in a new aerating system. Let’s go over some of the things you can do to care for your aeration system.
Keeping the Pond and Aerator Clean
Gunk can begin to accumulate over time, which can cause issues. This is why aerating your pond is important. Simply by maintaining your aerator, it will prevent the buildup of algae and other aquatic weeds that can cause obstructions to the pump. If you have a pool skimmer, you may also use this to clear out any leaves around the edge of the pond. You may also find it interesting that running your aerator in the summer will give you quicker and better results compared to the wintertime. Although you may not notice that much of a difference in the winter, rest assured that the aerator is still working properly. Running the aerator in the winter can also help to prevent ice buildup on the surface, which will disrupt the pond’s ecosystem. This will also prevent any ice buildup within the pump itself obstructing the propeller or motor.
Using Cleaning Compounds for Your Pond
What is another way to help your aeration system? Well, you can use herbicides and algaecides that are safe to use in the pond. We carry a complete line of algae control products like the granular peroxide based Green Clean Algaecide to help cut down on naturally occurring algae. This can be helpful if your aeration system is small or unable to keep up with the pond’s depth and size. You may start to notice rapid growth of algae if your pump is having trouble circulating the water. This is where algaecides can help. You may also use herbicides like ShoreKlear Plus around your pond to prevent any overgrown weeds. Weeds can sometimes fall into the pond and make their way toward the pump, which may cause an obstruction in the water flow. Cleaning out the debris from your pond when possible will help in your pond maintenance routine.
Changing Out and Cleaning Its Mechanical Parts
Performing any type of mechanical maintenance within the aeration system should always be done by a professional. Any mistake can cause irreparable damage to the aerator and can come out costly. Moreover, this pond maintenance alternative is something that should be done once every two to three years. If you hire a qualified technician, they will make sure to inspect the pump itself and replace any worn out parts. The technician will also change the filters and other essential parts that compose the aeration system.
The Results Make a Difference
Rest assured that pond maintenance is necessary to keep the water looking clean and healthy. Aside from having proper circulation and keeping the water clean, maintaining the aeration system is also key to getting the healthy pond ecosystem you want. If you want to keep your pond clean along with your aerator, it is ideal to keep the aeration system running all year. Any electrical costs that you may incur as a result will pay for itself because less maintenance and repairs will be required for the aerator.
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