During the cold winter months, it’s especially important to keep an eye on your ponds water level. As layers of ice form water levels begin to drop. Levels can be checked at the skimmer box or along the pond’s edge.
- The water level dropping too low can result in your pump “sucking air” instead of water.
- This can cause the pump to eventually burn out and stop working.
Another way your pond can lose water is around the waterfall. If ice formations grow they can sometimes begin to divert water out of your pond. If you notice this happening, you can pour warm water over the formation to melt it..
The most common question we get during the cold winter months is:
"Should I turn off my pump?”
If you have fish and other aquatic life in your pond - the answer is NO. Circulating water helps prevent the water in your pond from freezing completely which can lead to harmful gases building up under the ice.
If you find the level is low, water will need to be added. You'll want to keep the hose running until the water level is even with the top of the overflow pipe.
- Important Note: This process may need to be repeated many times over the winter season so be sure to drain your hose and store in a warm environment, such as basement or garage.
Should you decide to turn off your pump you'll want to remove it from the pond. When the pump is turned off and left in place it can freeze, causing damage to the internal mechanics and plumbing. In exterme cold temperatures we also recommend adding a bubbler or heater to avoid the surface of your pond freezing soild.
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