in water maintenance
water is one of the most important, if not the most important
objective in water feature maintenance. It's definitely one of
ours. Pond Solutions specializes in keeping water in man-made
environments pristine — we maximize natural techniques while we
minimize the use of chemicals.
This is not always possible, especially when recovering a badly
contaminated water feature after months of neglect. However, it
is always our goal to take an environmentally friendly approach
for the long-term health of your pond or fountain.
We want to
avoid the harsh chemicals that harm aquatic life — plants and
animals — and the planet. When we want to adjust the
environment, or "tinker," we do it by adding live plants,
aeration and enzymes. These contribute to and become part of the
natural cycle. And, in times of drought we take measures to
minimize evaporative water loss. For example, maintaining the
proper pH level (acidity) discourages green water and algae
naturally. We make every effort to encourage the natural cycle
so nature can achieve the balance that results in clean, clear,
healthy water. So that we can take the most appropriate course
of action, we consider and test for undesirable compounds of
chlorine, copper, nitrogen, phosphorus, and sulfur, as well as
turbidity and other unusual run-off conditions.
quality is often the result of an excess of organic matter. This
may also include excess nitrogen, phosphorous or ammonia. This
is the basic food supply for the most notorious and common
culprit, green water algae.
At times, the unsightly and "scummy" conditions are accompanied
by a sewer odor. This is an indication of the decomposition of
organic matter in the pond or fountain that is releasing a
combination of methane and other gases. Through a process called
bio-augmentation, a natural blend of microorganisms is used to
digest and eliminate the algae and unpleasant odor.