If you want to create a relaxing and tranquil ambiance, pondless waterfalls are always a beautiful addition to anyone’s garden; however, to keep it running smoothly, you will need some pondless waterfall maintenance tips. Keep in mind that, unlike some other traditional water features, they do not require a standing body of water so they will be easier to maintain.
Although they are a low-maintenance addition to your garden, they still require some work. That is why it is good to follow some guidelines and tips that will help you keep your relaxing outdoor space neat. For further help maintaining your water feature, reach out to our team at Fontana Ponds & Water Features.
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1. Regularly Clean the Pump
All pondless waterfalls work in the same way—by recirculating water with a pump from an in-ground reservoir all the way to the top of a rock formation. The pump is the heart of the pondless waterfall, as it keeps water flowing smoothly. So in order to have your whole water feature running correctly and without hiccups, it’s essential to clean the pump regularly. To do so:
- Turn off the pump
- Remove any debris that you find that might be clogging the pump
- Either remove debris by hand or blow the leaves out of the water
By removing dirt and debris that has accumulated, you are ensuring that the water continues to flow smoothly.
2. Check the Water Level
One of the things that is perhaps the easiest to do, but among the most important, is to regularly check the water level to make sure it is just below the surface of the rocks. If the level drops, it could indicate a leak in the system, which should be addressed immediately. Additionally, evaporation can also cause water levels to drop, so ensure you refill the waterfall with fresh water.
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3. Clean the Rocks
Over time, dirt and debris may accumulate on the rocks of pondless waterfalls. To prevent buildup, regularly clean them with a pressure washer or garden hose. This not only keeps the water feature looking attractive but also helps to maintain clarity.
4. Add Beneficial Bacteria
Beneficial bacteria is used to break down organic matter found in the water and keep the water clean and clear. Simply add beneficial bacteria to the waterfall by using a water treatment product designed for this purpose. It is important to follow the instructions found on the package closely, to get optimal results.
5. Winterize the Pondless Waterfall
If you live in a colder climate, winterizing water features is crucial for preventing damage to the system. This involves the following:
- Draining the water completely
- Removing the water pump
- Storing it in a dry and frost-free location
Once the winter is over and spring arrives, you can connect everything back together, fill the reservoir and start the waterfall all over again.
If you need any help with your pond and water features, get in touch with us via contact form or give us a call at 778-990-9773.