Winter Pond Maintenance
Based in Wading River, Long Island, NY, Sound Shore Pond offers winter pond maintenance in the Suffolk & Nassau County area. You may want to shut your pond down for winter. 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 Aquascape Activated Pond Carbon should set you up for the winter. Living in Eastern Long Island, you will begin to see ice formation. This is what most of us in in the area will see, and we’ll spend the next few months longingly viewing our ponds from indoors.
During these frosty months, you can either keep your pond running for the winter or shut it down. To shut your pond down, first unplug the pump, pull it out of the pond, and store it in a frost-free location, submerged in a bucket of water to keep the seals from drying out.
Floating Heaters/Pond De-icer
If your geographic area experiences long periods of exceptionally cold weather like here in Suffolk & Nassau County, New York, the pump won’t be enough to keep a hole open in the ice, and you’ll want to consider adding a floating Aquascape 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 extremely cold climates is to incorporate a combination of the pump and floating deicer. Be sure to position them so the two units are not near each other, otherwise, the Aquascape Pond De-icer will run continuously in order to heat the water that’s constantly being circulated by the pump.
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, plants, and pump life.