Winter Pond Pump Maintenance
Winter Pond Pump Maintenance is chilly business. As temperatures, you might have to step in on your pond’s behalf to keep Jack Frost from leaving his mark on your pond. Here’s how to keep your pond in good condition during the frigid months.
Keep Your Pond Pump Running
Keep your pond pump and waterfalls running through winter. After all, it’s tougher for water to freeze when it’s in constant motion. You chief concern during this time will be to make sure there’s enough water to keep the pond pump running properly.
During spring and summer months, rain, water spigots and melting snow keeps your pond’s water supply maxed out. During the winter, these normal water supply options are frozen. You’ll need to find an alternate way to keep water levels at healthy levels. Typically, pond owners will run a hose from inside the house or run loads of five-gallon buckets to replace evaporated water levels.
Keep Waterfalls From Freezing Solid
Keeping waterfalls from freezing during the winter is heavily dependent on the size of your pond pump. A pump that flows at least 2,000 gph can safely operate during the winter so long as it flows continuously. If it turns off, especially during sub-zero temperatures, your waterfall will freeze and be extremely difficult to get flowing again. In this case, pond pump maintenance is crucial.
Your toughest time of winter will be during days with consecutive sub-zero temperatures. This can lead to excessive ice build-up which can then throw the pond system off balance. If the pond’s flow of water is unable to keep up with with pond’s circulation system, it will then become necessary to shut down the system. The system can once again be resumed once the ice is melted and normal flow restored.
Pond Pump Maintenance to keep Fish healthy during Winter
Ornamental fish, such as koi, can stand cold water temperatures so long as your pond is at a suitable depth and aeration provided. A hole from either a waterfall or pond heater will allow oxygenation and for harmful gases to escape.
For those who live in areas that experience extended periods of freezing weather, a floating de-icer may be necessary. Along with a pond heater, a de-icer will add an extra layer of insurance to ensure a hole is always open in the ice.
When it comes down to it, your biggest ally against winterization is regular maintenance. Many pond owners choose to shut down their ponds during colder months, but this negates the beautiful aesthetic of a winter garden pond. And for pond owners with fish, this is not an option. Take precautionary measures to preserve your pond pump, fish, and plant life and watch beauty bloom right before your eyes come winter.