Clean Out & Maintenance
We offer Clean Outs and Maintenance for koi ponds, goldfish ponds, fountains, and most water features.
Koi ponds need consistent and regular maintenance. It is an important factor in keeping it healthy, beautiful and clean. A well cared for pond will ensure that plants and fish are in good health as well as elevate the enjoyment that a pond provides. While some may enjoy the daily and weekly routine, others would rather hand over those tasks to a professional and spend more time enjoying the pond life.
IN PERSON CONSULTATION - $150
Up to 1hr walkthrough & inspection of your water feature to answer any questions you may have
Discuss what you would like to see happen, set expectations, create goals and a plan of action
Go over maintenance pricing and schedule
Includes an itemized intake form off all water feature components
Not sure what the difference is? Here’s a breakdown of each service to help guide you.
Preparing for the Clean
• Pump out water and drain completely
• Use pond water to fill holding tanks for fish, plants, frogs, etc
• House fish in an aerated, covered holding tank during clean
• Basic assessment of fish health
• Save decaying plant matter to allow for any smaller creatures to show themselves and return to the pond
• Store plants in a holding tank
• Remove large debris and string algae by hand
• Shovel or vacuum out sludge and dispose in a designated area
• Hose off waterfall, rock edges and liner from top to bottom in all cracks and crevasses to remove all loose dirt and unwanted algae
• Hand scrub liner and rocks with water, avoiding chemicals and power washing as to not completely strip the beneficial bacteria
• Perform a 1/2 water change in holding tank(s) to acclimate fish to new water reducing risk of shock
• Use pond water to clean out filters, filter media, skimmers, and pumps and inspect to make sure in proper working order
• Backwash any pressurized bead filters
• Replace any filter media as needed
• Inspect and flush out any plumbing
• Check leveling of skimmers and filters
• Inspect underwater lighting, clean lenses, replace any bulbs or redirect angles if needed
• Inspect and/or replace UV light*
• Inspect liner for damages or leaks and repair as needed*
• Make any necessary minor adjustments to liner and folds
• Adjust any rocks that may have shifted over time
• Re-stack and secure any rock moved during the cleaning*
The Final Phase
• Start filling pond, treat water with dechlorinator and stress coat
• Split, repot and fertilize plants while removing dead leaves, stems and buds* ($25 each)
• Turn on pond and continue to fill as water circulates through filters and plumbing
• Place plants in and around pond and slowly introduce fish to their new environment
• Add natural bacteria if necessary and do final clean up of site
Things to Note
Rinsing away built-up muck and debris can unclog holes in the liner allowing water to travel to new places. This is especially true when removing gravel from the bottom of your pond or moving around large rocks or when cleaning a pond that has not been maintained regularly. We assume no responsibility for these leaks and will bill accordingly for diagnoses and repair.
In some cases it is best to do the pond cleaning and wait about 2 weeks to then clean the pressure filter. We have found that certain ponds will go green after a cleaning because too much beneficial bacteria was stripped and there is not enough ‘good’ bacteria to fight off the ‘bad’ bacteria. Waiting to clean out an external filter helps prevent this from happening.
Plants & Fish
Thorough trimming of all pond plants, removal of dead leaves, stems and buds
Trim nearby dead plants and blow/vacuum nearby leaves to prevent falling debris
Fertilize all submerged and bog plants in containers
Observe fish behavior, appearance and overall health
Diagnoses, treatment, supply and removal of fish
Ponds, Waterfalls & Fountains
Surface skimming to remove leaves and other debris
Small water changes and water leveling as needed
Chemical or visual water quality testing with treatments as needed
Light scrub of fountains and waterfalls, clear any debris blocking falls
Minor adjustments to rock placement to hide liner or enhance/improve look
Thorough rinse of filter media, quality check and replace when needed
Backwash any pressurized bead filters
Empty and clean skimmer leaf basket and side baffles
Check function of uv light, pump, pressurized bead filter, filter fall, auto fill, skimmer or any other relevant equipment
Repaint or replace any plumbing if needed
Do I need to be home while you are doing maintenance?
No. We only require access to the yard, water and electricity. If you have pets, we require they are put up if we have not been properly introduced. We are glad to hang out with your fur babies if they are friendly 🙂
If I have an issue, can you fix it since you’re already there for maintenance or service?
We will do our best to accommodate any requests as long as we are still able to complete our checklist in the allotted time bracket. Each additional service requested is not included with your maintenance pricing and you will be billed accordingly. If the request cannot fit into our route that day, we will set you up for the next available appointment in your area.
What if I need to cancel or reschedule a maintenance or service visit?
You can certainly cancel or reschedule a service at least 24 hours in advance. Same day cancellations/rescheduling will be billed a $50 cancellation fee.
What do you need from me?
Communication. Share your experience. If there is something you need, please let us know. If there is something you want to address or you just want to tell us what a good job we’re doing, we encourage that. Friendly feedback helps us grow, evolve, and learn. A pat on the back keeps us going!
How do I pay for my services?
We request payment for maintenance be paid up front for 6 months or 1 year and provide a discount for paying up front. For new contracts, we do a month-to-month trial period to be sure we are a good fit. You can pay by check, cash, Venmo ACH bank transfer or online through email. Paying with a credit card online will include a 3% processing fee.
What if I paid for the year upfront and now I wish to cancel?
You can certainly cancel your services with at least 14 days notice. You will be reimbursed the remainder of your payment for services not performed. Example: For Monthly Pond Maintenance you pay $1900 upfront for the year and cancel with 14 days notice after 6 months, you will get $950 paid back to you.