Installing a water feature in your garden can be a fantastic means of completing the space while also adding a great deal of personality. It’s no wonder these features are so popular in houses of all shapes and sizes, from the small duck pond that may be in a residential garden to the large fountain that may take pride of place in the middle of a circular driveway.
No matter your reasons for installing a water feature, it’s important to remember that while this may sound like a good idea now (and it most often is!) you shouldn’t forget that water features often require more maintenance to keep in healthy condition than you think. Sometimes, you may find that gardens with water features allow their utility to drop off over the years, leaving them to serve as a very expensive and rather lifeless statue.
In this post, we’ll discuss some essential maintenance requirements to be prepared for, so you can avoid the issues you may not have anticipated.
Pump maintenance is essential to get right. Not only does it keep the pressure of your water in constant alignment but will assist the filter to keep the water clean. This is why it’s so important to use pump repair services if you detect a problem, or simply for its recommended servicing, as this ensures problems are unlikely to catch you unaware, or can be repaired before they become larger issues and require full replacement. If you’re keeping live fish such as koi then it’s essential to make certain this pump has redundancies and can be addressed within a matter of hours if there’s a problem.
Regular cleaning of the pond, pool, or water feature environment is key. Debris can build up over time if you’re not careful, which can lead to impeded operation and a damaged condition. Note that you don’t have to be an absent-minded homeowner to see this take place, as debris can blow in the wind from nearby trees, mulch can build up, and of course, bugs, insects and other flying nuisances can make themselves known. With the ability to clean regularly with the correct non-toxic solution; you’ll have a competent care routine in place.
Water Quality Monitoring
By balancing biological, chemical and even physical markers you can ensure the water quality of your pond or water feature is ideal. This means measuring the pH regularly and neutralizing it when appropriate is key, as is checking for temperature. Other factors include dissolved levels of oxygen and nitrogen. If you’re keeping fish, then matters like algae diversity can help keep your ecosystem in place. It’s always important to pivot these necessities in the right direction depending on the parameters you’re working with, for example, if you’re planning to keep koi fish then a certain coldwater environment is essential to keep.
With this advice, you’re sure to install a new beautiful water feature in the best context, and preserve its use over time.