As the cold weather descends upon us and the snow starts to fly, it’s time to winterize your water features. Winterizing your water features can save you thousands of dollars in expensive repairs so setting aside time for this perennial service is extremely important. Components and accessories outside your home need yearly attention but it needn’t be overwhelming if you follow some fairly simple suggestions.
Winterizing your Water Feature:
Winterizing water features can be done in several different ways. Regardless of the type of shutdown that you choose, there are several important factors that should always be taken into consideration.
If you choose to leave your pond running over the winter season keep in mind that it may require a bit of maintenance. However, leaving your pond and waterfalls running over the winter may provide you with beautiful ice formations that leave you breathless.
Here are some tips to keep your pond running during the winter:
- Topping off your pond may be required due to evaporation
- Periodically check to be sure dams don’t occur that could cause unnecessary water loss over the edge of the stream.
Some homeowners choose to shut down their pond in winter; especially those who live in northern regions. Here are some guidelines if you choose to shut down your pond.
- Remove the pump from your pond. It is best to store the pump in a warm place like your basement or garage.
- Drain the water out of the plumbing. Standing water will freeze and expand, potentially cracking the pipes that connect your filtration system.
- Remove and clean the filter mats with a garden hose. Store them along with your pump.
- Install a solid handling pump to oxygenate the water. This will keep an opening in your pond when ice forms and the surface of your pond starts to freeze. This opening allows harmful gasses to escape and allows oxygen to get in.
Iongen and Dosing Systems should be removed or unplugged during the winter months. Also, UV lights and external filters should be removed as the freezing weather approaches. Lastly, you must STOP feeding your fish when the water temperatures fall below 55 degrees. Once the water temperature falls below 55 degrees the metabolism and digestion of fish begin to slow down. This can be very harmful to your fish.
Hopefully, this information will help you face the colder months with confidence that you have prepared your outdoor living space for Ole’ Man Winter and that you will be in good shape when spring rolls around once again. If you still need a little more help getting your property ready, we recommend that you read our Tips to Winterize Your Propery.