Adding a pond or water feature to your backyard is one of the most effective ways to boost its aesthetic appeal. A water feature can transform an ordinary backyard into a tranquil retreat. The sight and sound of water trigger the release of relaxing neurochemicals in the brain.
Like everything else, water features can develop problems over time. We have compiled a list of some common water feature problems and their solutions. Take a look.
A Leaking Pond
If you notice that the water level in your pond is going down faster than it should, there could be a leak. Some common causes of pond leaks include faulty installation, damage by animals such as cats or dogs, and plumbing problems. If you have an older pond, concrete may have developed a crack.
Leaks can occur around the banks of your pond or in the pond dam. The first step to repairing a pond leak is identifying the source. Once you have identified the source, you can make a plan for a repair.
Check the mouth on the skimmer in the area where the liners comes in contact with the biofalls or skimmer to see if there are any leaks.
Water Movement Is Too Slow or Too Fast
If the water in your pond or waterfall moves too fast or too slow, you are using an oversized or an undersized pump, or the pump is not adjusted correctly. Some other possible causes include clogged or inaccurately sized piping and a misdirected water outlet.
A water feature repair expert in Scottsdale will get to the root cause of your problem and fix it to prevent the situation from worsening.
Green or Colorless Pond Water
A green pond is unsightly and an eyesore. Free-floating algae cause green pond water. An increase in phosphorus and nitrate levels in the water is usually to be blamed for algae growth.
There are several reasons why nitrate and phosphorus levels become elevated in water. As sludge and muck at the bottom of your pond decompose, it releases nutrients into the water. This nutrient provides food for algae to grow.
If you have too many fish in your pond, they will produce excess waste. Fish waste gets broken down into nitrates which feed algae.
To reduce sludge in your pond:
- Add a sludge and muck reducer to it.
- If you have a large pond, consider installing a pond skimmer.
- If your pond is too overcrowded, reduce the number of fish in it.
Pondscapes is a Certified Aquascape Contractor. No matter how complex your project, we will build an actionable roadmap to transform your vision into reality. To make an appointment, call 480-987-7781.