Bi-weekly & Annual Cleaning & Maintenance Options
Pond & Lake Pumps / Plumbings & Ponds
Building out proper pond and lake pump and plumbing is key when it comes to keeping your water clear and moving. The further your water needs to be moved, and at higher elevation – the larger your pumps and plumbing need to be in order to work effectively. We also service fountain pumps.
Pond & Lake Filtration
Building your pond surface skimmers and filters to match the demand of your pond, lake, or waterfall is imperative. Local demand from agricultural run-off, fish and turtle waste, plus much more can lead to a dirty water feature. We install custom fountain filtration as well if customers are interested in a natural fountain.
Pond & Lake Fountains / UV-Lights
Lake & Pond UV-lights are great for almost all water features. When setup correctly and with our “Slow-Flow” system – you’re almost guaranteed to have 90%+ of you water running through UV-light. Perfect for killing bad bacteria and a great way to keep your system healthy. We also install UV-lights on backyard fountains and waterfalls.
EXPERIENCED WITH ALL TYPES OF POND & LAKE PUMPS
From submersible pumps, to residential centrifugal pond pumps, to commercial-grade pumps capable of moving over 1-million gallons of water per hour. Our pond equipment technicians understand most aquatic equipment. From commercial-grade lake and pond pumps, to irrigation and well-pumps, to residential fountain, waterfall, and koi pond equipment – regardless if natural or chemically treated.
EXPERIENCED WITH ALL TYPES OF POND & LAKE FILTRATION
An integral part of all water features is the filtration, and what type of pond filters is being used to regulate the ecosystem within your pond or lake. From pressure filtration and diatomaceous earth filtration, to bio-filtration and other natural filtration methods. We understand aquatic filtration.
PLUMBING AND RE-PLUMBING YOUR WATER FEATURES
Over time PVC and other plumbing components like ball-valves, bulk head fittings, unions, and more will wear down. We carry and use schedule 80 ball valves as well as schedule 80 PVC when plumbing our systems. When installing a pump vault, adding well-pumps, irrigation pumps, and other commercial pond pumps, we always suggest adding the highest quality pond and lake plumbing parts.
ULTRA-VIOLET LIGHTS & SURFACE SKIMMERS
We’re capable of installing custom Pond UV-lights capable of what we call “slow-flow” a system we’ve built specifically tailored to making sure your water is exposed to 90%+ UV-light time. We are also able to setup wireless / phone activated water features and landscape lights for your property. Adding a skimmer to the surface of your water feature will help remove any excess debris like leaves, insects, and other floating particulate.
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COMMERCIAL LAKE & POND EQUIPMENT SERVICES
From installation of commercial-grade pump vaults to repairs and complete replacements of the lake and pond equipment used within these pump vaults. Handling large pumps, pond filters, and many more parts of maintaining lakes and other large bodies of water is what we do as part of our normal contractual requirements with each property we work with.
Understanding the amount of “head” (distance from your water feature to your equipment) your pond pumps will be up against is a vital element in proper aeration and overall water movement within your lake or pond.
We suggest hiring a company who is not only insured, but a company who has operated such pond & lake equipment for over 40+ years within Southern California.
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NATURAL FILTRATION FOR LAKES & PONDS
Believe it or not – 90% of lakes and large ponds are not filtered by that of traditional means like a small koi pond or waterfall. These water features are immense and are 100% capable of being filtered and maintained by that of what we call “natural filtration.” Not to be confused with “Bio-filtration,” natural-filtration is a method we’ve developed specifically to maintain large lakes and ponds.
We’ve built custom “natural filtration islands” with a unique mixture of plants and other products setup specifically for your water features. All water features are different, and we custom-build our natural filtration methods custom to your lake or pond. Call today to learn more about our custom natural filtration methods.
Pond & lake equipment FAQ
Frequently Asked Questions
Having over 40 years of professional aquatic experience means we’ve established a strong clientele consisting of commercial properties with water features. From ponds and streams, to pools, lakes, reservoirs, and more handling 300 gallon ponds to 3,000,000 gallon lakes is what we specialize in. Our founding member Jay Harlen Glenn has designed many large water features throughout the west coast, in return we’ve been hired to maintain and repair these water features over the last 4 decades.
There are various types of pond and waterfall pumps. From submersible (underwater) pumps, to external pool pumps, each type of pump has its own pro and con. Smaller 500 – 1500 gallon ponds can utilize a pump such as a submersible pump assuming heavy filtration is not needed. If your pond is saturated with koi fish and turtles, you might expect to need a larger external pump capable of pushing water through that of a bio-filter or pressure filter. Waterfalls can be powered by smaller submersible pumps (usually setup separately) on their own line but can also be integrated with the primary pump if needed.
Pond and waterfall filtration can range from a simple skimmer-basket, to a more complex pressure filter or bio-filtration with a variety of media meant to filter out heavy and fine particulate. Waterfalls without wildlife such as turtles, koi fish, or even aquatic plants, should do fine without any heavy filtration constructed.
If you own a pond with or without a waterfall, we suggest adding a custom filter, pump, and UV-light, to your system to increase your chances of having a clear and clean pond. Without the appropriate filtration, you can expect to spend more time than usual cleaning and maintaining your water features which is not ideal.
When it comes to UV-lights, or “ultra violet lights” two words should come to mind – “slow flow,” meaning the slower the water flows through the UV-light, the better. UV-lights are great for killing all bacteria, while your filtration will keep the pond and waterfall flourishing with “good bacteria” your UV light will kill any excess good and bad bacteria flowing through the water feature.
UV-lights should be customized to fit your water features accordingly. Typically the “cookie-cutter” pond filtration kits with the UV-lights attached, do not allow the proper flow-rate and therefore don’t work as effectively as advertised.
Biological filtration has been around for thousands of years. To keep it simple, this style of filtration can be setup very easily by creating a sump (a pit or hollow in which liquid collects) and adding different levels of filtration media, such as fine-sand, gravel, and other filtration media. When setup correctly Biological filtration will assist in the breaking down dangerous ammonia, converting them to nitrites, and then the nitrites to the less toxic nitrates, acting as a sort of natural filtration cycle (similar to what nature does to ground-water) except this is applied to your pond or waterfall.
Ultra-violet lights (UV-lights) are lights specifically meant for ponds and water features and are able to kill single-celled, free-flowing algae within your pond water. The water is exposed to these high levels of ultraviolet light and the light destroys the DNA of harmful algae and can help keep your water features and wildlife healthy.
Submersible pumps are meant to stay under water and are usually meant for moving water vs filtering it. Although these are advertised more often as the best method of filtration for ponds and waterfalls, that may not be the case for your water features.
We typically see better results with centrifugal pumps which are capable of pushing large volumes of water through multiple layers of filtration media. Submersible pumps are typically not powerful enough to do the job, but do work well to power small fountains and waterfalls.
Pressure filters are similar to that of a pool filter. Which is enclosed and uses the pressure from a high-head pump such as a centrifugal pump (external pool pump).
We suggest having your backwash connected to your home-drain, or landscape plumbing, which can lead to the street or city waste.
There is a service we offer which is connecting your backwash system to your backyard plants or garden which can serve as a method for adding nutrients to the plants.
Irrigation pumps are used to pump water from a lower to a higher level from which the water then flows through channels to the fields requiring irrigation (lift operation) or to raise it to the required pressure head so that it can be sprayed on the fields via piping systems (sprinkling).
A water well pump is a pump that is used in extracting water from a water well.
They include different kinds of pumps, most of them submersible pumps:
- Hand pump, manually operated
- Injector, a jet-driven pump
- Mechanical or rotary lobe pump requiring mechanical parts to pump water
- Solar-powered water pump
- Pump driven by air as used by the Amish
- Pump driven by air as used in the Australian outback
- Manual pumpless or hand pump wells requiring a human operator
Yes we work with one of the leading pump vault manufacturers in Southern California and can have a pump vault installed on your property. Perfect for new apartment complexes, HOA’s, and more – these vaults will keep your aquatic equipment out of site and in good shape when stored away from the elements. In addition to keeping your stormwater basin well-managed.
Surface skimmers are floating filtration. Some are fixed, others float around the pond and suck up any heavy surface particulate like leaves, and other floating items. Similar to that of a pool skimmer, pond and lake skimmers work very well when paired up with additional filtration.