WINTER POND MAINTENANCE & POND CLEANING SERVICE – NORTHERN NEW JERSEY
BERGEN, PASSAIC, ESSEX, UNION, HUDSON, MORRIS & SUSSEX COUNTIES
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Winter Pond Maintenance & caring for your pond in Northern New Jersey during the winter months can mean different things, depending on where you live. We offer winter pond maintenance, and pond cleaning service so your pond can enter ready for winter. Simply removing your pond’s excess debris and adding Activated Pond Carbon should set you up for the winter. If you live in the north, you may begin to see ice formation instead. This is what some of us in Northern NJ will see, and we’ll spend the next few months longingly viewing our ponds from indoors.
During these frosty months, we recommend shutting your pond pump down. To shut your pond down, first unplug the pump, pull it out of the skimmer, and store it in a bucket of water, placed someplace where it won’t freeze, to keep the seals from drying out. If you have fish in your pond, you will need to have an aeration unit installed, along with a floating de-icer, this will help keep your pond from completely freezing over.
FLOATING HEATERS/POND DE-ICER
In Northern New Jersey we sometimes experience long periods of exceptionally cold weather, the pump won’t be enough to keep a hole open in the ice, and you’ll want to consider adding a floating Pond De-icer. Controlled by a thermostat, the unit only runs when the water temperature is at or below freezing, heating only the surrounding water to just above freezing, and then shutting off again. The best thing you can do if you live in the cold climates of Northern New Jersey (Bergen, Passaic, Essex, Union, Hudson, Morris & Sussex Counties) is to incorporate a combination of the an aeration unit and floating deicer.
Be sure to position them so the two units are not near each other, otherwise the Pond De-icer will run continuously in order to heat the water that’s constantly being circulated by the aeration unit.
The bottom line for winterization is maintenance. Roughly 70 percent of pond owners in the colder climates decide to shut down their system because they don’t enjoy tending to their water garden during the bitter months of the winter. The aesthetic rewards of the winter pond are absolutely worthwhile, so by all means; don’t be afraid to keep the system running as long as possible. Shutting down a pond during winter is also an option. Just be sure you take precautionary measures to preserve fish, plant, and pump life.