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Ponds and lakes are often the crown jewels of a property; they provide a serene beauty and a habitat for wildlife. But because these water bodies are relatively static, they can become stale and unhealthy over time. Aeration is crucial for maintaining the health and vitality of your pond or lake.

In this article brought to you by Aquatic Restoration, we'll explore a few types of pond aerators and their maintenance requirements. We want to make sure your water body stays fresh and thriving. If you’d rather consult with a pond maintenance specialist, then call Aquatic Restoration. We’re an established company with decades of industry experience and uniformed, dedicated professionals.

Why aeration in ponds/lakes matters

Aeration simply means introducing air into the water, which helps increase oxygen levels and promotes the overall health of the pond or lake. This simple act comes with many benefits:

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  • By increasing oxygen levels, aeration helps reduce the buildup of harmful gases like ammonia and hydrogen sulfide, which can negatively affect water quality.
  • Aeration helps circulate water, preventing stagnant areas where unsightly and potentially harmful algae can thrive.
  • Fish and other aquatic organisms need oxygen to survive. Aeration ensures that there is enough dissolved oxygen in the water.
  • Stagnant water is a prime breeding ground for mosquitoes. Aeration keeps water moving, making it less welcoming for mosquito larvae.

Types of pond aerators

You have several options when choosing a pond aerator, and each is suited to different water bodies and maintenance needs. Common types of pond aerators include surface aerators and subsurface aerators.

Surface aerators agitate the water's surface and create a fountain-like effect that helps mix air into the water. These aerators are highly effective at increasing oxygen levels in the upper layers of small to medium-sized pond.

Regular cleaning and seasonal inspections are crucial for surface aerators. Ensure the intake and impeller are free of debris, and check for wear and tear, especially after winter storage.

Then there are subsurface aerators. Also known as diffused aerators, these use air compressors to pump air through diffusers placed at the bottom of the pond. The air bubbles rise to the surface, bringing oxygen-rich water from the bottom layers up to mix with the entire pond.

These are typically necessary for larger ponds and lakes that need thorough oxygen distribution from top to bottom. Maintenance is a little heavier. Some requirements include checking the air compressor, cleaning diffusers, and replacing air filters.

General aerator maintenance tips

Regardless of the type of aerator you use, regular maintenance is essential to ensure they operate efficiently and effectively. Here are some of our general tips:

  • Conduct routine inspections to check for any signs of wear, damage, or blockages.
  • Before winter, remove aerators if necessary, clean them thoroughly, and store them in a dry place to prevent damage from freezing temperatures.
  • Keep an eye on the water quality and aerator performance. If you notice a decline in efficiency, it may be time for maintenance or replacement of parts.
  • Always refer to the manufacturer's maintenance guidelines for specific instructions related to your aerator model.

If you’d like to leave your lake or retention pond maintenance to the professionals, then call Aquatic Restoration to schedule an appointment today. Our team is on standby to take your call or message.

25 / Jun / 2024

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