Pond Cleaning in Essex and London

Maintaining Crystal Clear Water in Essex and London

Essex Aquatics is situated in the heart of Essex supporting Essex, London and surrounding areas with pond cleaning. From large commercial water landscapes through to the comforts of a garden pond, no job is too big or too small for us here at Essex Aquatics. 

We here at Essex Aquatics offer pond dredging and pond cleaning on a variety of different ponds and lakes for the public and commercial sector, including general garden ponds, swimming ponds, koi ponds, natural ponds, large lakes, commercial lakes and ponds and much more. Contact us today to see how we can support you in your pond cleaning.

Why Carry Out Pond Cleaning?

Over time ponds become dirty as a result of numerous factors including:

  • Uneaten fish food
  • Fish waste
  • Nature of leaves and other organic waste falling in the water

This dirt over time then collects within the pond water and begins to slowly rot on either the pond bottom or various planting shelves within the pond, in turn producing a sludge or silt causing your lovely pond water to no longer be crystal clear. Not only does your water become unclear if pond cleaning is left for too long this will also have an effect on the fish’s health by adding stress through poor water quality making them more susceptible to disease and can even lead to deaths to fish and other important pond life. Don’t worry though with our working knowledge of ponds and all supporting equipment, we are able to utilise this to produce the best possible results. Our team here at Essex Aquatics holds BSc (Hons) in fish farming and management while also being a registered dealer for Oase, meaning we can inspect, advise and supply pumps and filters to resolve the problem.

If your pond has a filter this is a great advantage in supporting with the pond cleaning, however, over time they too also need to be cleaned and maintained in order to keep them in their most efficient health to support the pond cleaning process. Pond filters are designed to slowly pick up and remove a small number of solids, but it is impossible for them to completely remove all of the waste.

By getting your pond professionally cleaned with Essex Aquatics you remove all dirt and harmful materials minimising the risk. It also leaves you with a pristine pond for you to enjoy the crystal-clear water and nature intended. Pond cleaning allows you to reconnect and re-enjoy your fish along with other pond life.

DID YOU KNOW…
The breakdown of this sludge, silt or dirt produce gases, affect the pH of the water and overall water quality.

The Process of Pond Cleaning

Pond Cleaning in Essex and London
Pond Cleaning in Essex and London
Pond Cleaning In Essex and London

After inspecting and quoting for the job our pond cleaning can include a variety of services depending on what has been found and what state the pond is in. You may have just brought a home with a pond that hasn’t been maintained for a number of years or you may have just not been able to carry out the cleaning this time. Depending on the health of your pond will depend on the pond cleaning but can include:

  • Pond cleaning including a full pond drain
  • Plant foliage removed
  • Pond liner to be power washed removing silt and sludge
  • Water features drained and cleaned
  • Filters and pumps cleaned and serviced
  • Lighting cleaned and serviced

And with this to ensure you regain a crystal-clear pond again our standard pond cleaning process is:

  • We will completely empty your pond, storing all fish plants and other life in a suitable temporary pond
  • Clean out all dirt and waste, by vacuuming or manual removal
  • All pond lining, sides and bottom washed down using a pressure washer
  • Filter check and cleaned out
  • Fish all health checked
  • And finally, the pond is filled back up and all pond life is safely put back in

Click here to read about a recent project we carried out for Colchester Castle Park, where we drained and cleaned the pond, which involved removing 15tons of gravel, dismantling the waterfall and storing in excess of 200 fish.

For more information on our pond cleaning services contact us today for a free no-obligation quote. Additionally, if you are raising some questions, check out our FAQ’s below, we may have already answered your concerns.

The Process of Pond Cleaning

Pond Cleaning in Essex and London
Pond Cleaning in Essex and London
Pond Cleaning In Essex and London

After inspecting and quoting for the job our pond cleaning can include a variety of services depending on what has been found and what state the pond is in. You may have just brought a home with a pond that hasn’t been maintained for a number of years or you may have just not been able to carry out the cleaning this time. Depending on the health of your pond will depend on the pond cleaning but can include:

  • Pond cleaning including a full pond drain
  • Plant foliage removed
  • Pond liner to be power washed removing silt and sludge
  • Water features drained and cleaned
  • Filters and pumps cleaned and serviced
  • Lighting cleaned and serviced

And with this to ensure you regain a crystal-clear pond again our standard pond cleaning process is:

  • We will completely empty your pond, storing all fish plants and other life in a suitable temporary pond
  • Clean out all dirt and waste, by vacuuming or manual removal
  • All pond lining, sides and bottom washed down using a pressure washer
  • Filter check and cleaned out
  • Fish all health checked
  • And finally, the pond is filled back up and all pond life is safely put back in

Click here to read about a recent project we carried out for Colchester Castle Park, where we drained and cleaned the pond, which involved removing 15tons of gravel, dismantling the waterfall and storing in excess of 200 fish.

For more information on our pond cleaning services contact us today for a free no-obligation quote. Additionally, if you are raising some questions, check out our FAQ’s below, we may have already answered your concerns.

Looking for a larger job?

Let us help with Pond Dredging

As well as supporting Essex and London with pond cleaning, we also support large estates with pond dredging for natural ponds and lakes. Pond dredging techniques are different from pond cleaning, but the results are the same.

The same as pond cleaning over time leaves fall in the water and debris build-up, meaning in time it can cause water quality issues. Some of these will include:

  • Murky smelly water
  • Weed and algal blooms (duckweed)
  • Lack of oxygen
  • Fish deaths
  • Actual depth of water reduced

Natural lakes and ponds don’t have filters on them; however, you may use an aerator to support with oxygenating the water. This can often be seen in carp fishing lakes.

The process of our pond dredging is different from our pond cleaning as we will always make a formal site visit to assess the state of the pond, determine access, surface runoff, adjacent land use and where to drain the water.

We will then drain the pond storing any fish, wildlife and plants in a temporary pool. We will then bring in a suitable sized excavator to dredge the silt from the pond or lake, with this we also recommend cutting back trees and overgrowing vegetation while the lake is drained so you are minimising this dropping back into the lake, as well as it being easier to access overgrown trees and plants. Once this has happened the pond can then begin to fill naturally before fish can be returned.

For more information on our pond dredging services contact us today for a free no-obligation quote. Additionally, if you are raising some questions, check out our FAQ’s below, we may have already answered your concerns.

Frequently Asked Questions

We recommend carrying out pond cleaning every 2/3 years, but this also does depend on the type of pond, size and whether is it maintained regularly.

We would recommend and prefer this is carried out monthly and during summer every two weeks would be perfect.

We would recommend you check your pond pumps at least once a month.

As long as the filters are kept maintained monthly, they should stay clear. However, we would recommend a full clean every 3-5 years depending on variables.

Most standard ponds can be cleaned in one day, while larger ones could take multiple days dependent on the size. This can be discussed during the initial quotation stage.

There is no set amount of time. This all depends on access, size of pond/lake and where silt can be left, which is all something that can be discussed during the quotation stage.