How to get rid of algae in my pond and waterfall

How to get rid of pond and waterfall algae

Getting rid of algae in my pond & waterfall | Denville, Rockaway, Morris County NJ

Pond algae is unsightly to most pond owners. Finding a balanced growth of healthy algae is really quite easy once you have a general understanding of a few basic principles and water treatments. As long as you remember, “There is no such thing as an algae free pond”, you will have a better grasp on the subject when dealing with pond cleaning in the spring or fall.

String Algae Is The Most Common Issue With Most Water Features

Pond algae is a sign of a healthy ecosystem. Typically a new pond, a year old, or less, may experience a couple of stages where algae is more prevalent than on that of a mature pond even if you have a regimented water treatment routine. Even on mature ponds, it is not uncommon to experience algae blooms during the change of seasons from winter to spring or during the hottest days of summer when we get extreme heat waves. Need Help with your algae problems? We service Morris, Passaic, Essex, Bergen, Union, Somerset Counties In the North part of New Jersey (NJ).

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Most Common Pond Algae Issues and Causes

Improper or not enough filtration

Contrary to popular belief, a pump sitting at the bottom of your pond is not an actual working filter. Most pieced together ponds have a mix-match of products in hopes of proper filtration. There are many systems that work really well, but they all take a pre-set amount of routine maintenance.  

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Lack Of Routine Maintenance

Unfortunately, with pond filtration systems that look like this, regular back-washing and refilling expelled water can put a strain on your free time, and make it easy to neglect, causing a backup of alternate issues that compound themselves in multiples. You see green water, we see crashed ecosystems.

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Too Many Fish or Over Feeding

Ponds that are overstocked with too many fish certainly promote pond algae. It is so tempting to buy and buy, forgetting that the koi we buy are babies. As they grow, we have an even more acute lack of space, and process ever growing waste. Imagine a 4 inch baby has grown to 1 foot, 3 times it’s size, in few months! The end result is increasing nitrogen levels, which in turn becomes nutrients for algae blooms.

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Improper Pond Circulation

Poor pond circulation occurs most usually when encountered with the cost of replacing a burnt out pond pump. Most often, people opt for a smaller pump to save money, but ultimately cause major circulation issues, which they then battle with endless additives and mixtures trying to solve a problem caused by less circulation.

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Excess Rainwater Nitrogen

We have noticed over the years that we receive many phone calls about algae blooms after long, heavy, rainy periods. The rainwater is full of nitrogen which is ultimately a fertilizer that algae can feed on. Having poor filtration, or low circulation will enhance the algae blooms based on how much rain the pond has collected.

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Pond & Waterfall Leak Detection Denville NJ

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How to get rid of pond and waterfall algae

Getting rid of algae in my pond & waterfall | Denville, Rockaway, Morris County NJ

Yep, you just confirmed it. You thought your water level in your pond and waterfall looked low. So you drug out the garden hose, topped it off. Now, this morning you walked out of the house, and… the stupid pump is sucking air again

Oh great.

So, you pull out your phone and search: “How to fix a leak in a pond” or maybe you searched “Pond company that fixes leaks in north New Jersey.”

Now, you’re here. What’s next? Well, if you want to cut straight to the chase, call us.

Tips on how to find a leak in my pond

If you want to try and figure this thing out yourself. No problem. Here’s some tips.

Look for low edges

Look for any low edges. Settling at the pond’s edge is the most common cause of a leak, especially in a new pond. Typically, the low edges are found around the stream and waterfall where settling may have occurred after a few rainfalls. These areas are usually built up during the construction of the pond using the soil from the excavation, and are prone to some settling.

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Your first line of defense is to carefully inspect the edges of not only your stream and waterfall, but also the perimeter of the pond. As the dirt around the stream or waterfall settles, it can create low spots that may cause water to escape over the edge of the liner. Keep your eyes peeled for wet mulch or gravel, or muddy areas around the perimeter of your pond. If you find a spot that’s leaking, all you have to do is lift the liner up and push some soil under it in order to raise the edge. Bingo – leak fixed! 

What else could it be?

Another possibility is that water is splashing out of your stream. To fix a “splash leak,” all you have to do is adjust a few of the rocks under and around your waterfall. This will contain or redirect the splash and it will stop the splash leak. Once again, you’ve solved the problem the easy and cost-effective way … using common sense. 

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​Here in North New Jersey we use a consistent troubleshooting methodology to narrow down the source of your leak or repair needed as quickly as possible. We start with the most likely suspects, such as leaky plumbing connections, skimmer and filter leaks, and improperly formed waterfalls.  If you live in the Denville, Morris County surrounding areas and are having pond problems such as a pond leak, and the source of the issue is not found in these areas, and we’ve ruled everything else out – odds are, you’ve got a hole in your liner that needs repair. 


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