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Professional Pond Maintenance Services
June 26, 2016 0 Comments

Repairing Your Koi Pond Equipment

Often with pond maintenance we see clients struggling to get their pool pumps used for their koi ponds able to prime again. This is a very common issue as these pumps (external centrifugal pool pumps) require an air-tight fit and be filled with enough water to catch. If you are struggling with this, here are a few areas to consider when having pump priming issues.

Sometimes debris backs up the pump’s impeller. Take the impeller off and get rid of anything that could be blocking it.

Priming Problems: What to Do When Your Koi Pond Pump Stops Working Properly

There are several reasons why your pump won’t prime. If you are unable to solve the issue by the time this article is over, contact a professional koi pond maintenance company. Read on to learn the most common issues associated with the pump, as well as how to solve the situation.

The water level in the koi pond/ waterfall is not high enough.

Professional Water Feature Equipment Repair Services

Check your skimmer seal / opening

The water should be at the mid-level or higher in order for the pump to work properly. If it is not, the circulation system could take in air via the skimmer. If too much air goes in, the pump will not prime. Take off the cover. Look for the gasket and take it off as well. Look to see if it is in good working order. Typically, it is the gasket that is causing issues; if this is the case, put in a new one. Add a little lubricant when you put it in. Vaseline is not appropriate for this situation. Put the cover back on and make sure everything is secure. Do not tighten it with a tool, because you may inadvertently do too much.

The strainer basket might have something in the way

Take out the skimmer basket and clean it to remove any issues. Use a hose for the best results. Often-times, large debris can get sucked into the filter. From rocks, to vegetation, to fish, and other wildlife. Making sure your filtration returns are covered appropriately on the ponds edge is very important for good pond circulation. Pond pumps can pull around these objects and cause the water pressure to drop significantly.

The glued fittings have leaks.

There are glued fittings near the suction area of the pump. Occasionally, the glue is not evenly distributed around the pipe. As a result, there will be air channels that pop up. Sometimes, when the pump is turned on, water then comes out of this opening. If the pump works as it is supposed to, air is sucked in the hole. If you do not notice any water coming out, flip the pump on and put a little water near the joint. If water moves in, there is a hole present.

The threaded fittings have leaks.

Does the pump have threaded fittings near the suction side? There could be a leak. As with the glued fittings, test to see if there is a problem. If there is, remove the fitting and put plumbing tape around it (about four layers). There is more help available in the “How to Glue Pool Fixtures Together” guide. Also consider if one of these fittings is closed when it should be open, sometimes these get turned off and issues arise. If you still can’t figure it out – Give us a call today (714)613-0123


529 W Blueridge Ave #F110 Orange, CA 92865

(714) 613-0123

June 26, 2016 12 Comments

Commercial & Residential Waterfall Construction

Ever wanted to build a waterfall or pondless waterfall on your property? Believe it or not, water features can serve as great assets for residential and commercial properties with great weather such as California or similar states. With the ease of maintenance, as long as the waterfall construction is good – having a waterfall on your property might just be the missing link to what you’ve always needed. 

Constructing a koi pond, waterfall, pondless waterfall, or other landscape water feature is a great investment for any property. When constructed correctly, water features can add tranquility and value to any property – residential or commercial. The sounds of water flowing freely, the greenery brought on by the beauty of a water garden, and the pleasure of owning koi fish, all bring delight to ourselves and customers renting the property. Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end – or at least a subtle halt while your water feature is to be assessed and repaired effectively for any leak. To learn more about our waterfall services click here

This is a pond-less waterfall, great for adding water-noise and tranquility to your backyard.

Building a waterfall on your property should be done by a professional who understands your local vegetation (for future leak issues) and also for future maintenance requirements as not all water features are equal. For example, most waterfalls will need a basin which also needs maintenance, some are pondless – which have pros and cons to themselves, while others are full-on ponds and habitat eco-systems which will require a professional to review before hand.

Retaining Wall Waterfalls

A retaining wall waterfall construction is a simple water feature that adds considerable aesthetic appeal to your landscape. Most retaining wall waterfalls are built to spill a long, smooth, even sheet of water that cascades over the wall and into a retaining pool. Easily adaptable to virtually any form of structure, these water features can be added to block walls both indoors and outdoors.

When a waterfall in properly designed and constructed, a retaining-wall waterfall is an efficient, low-cost way to add drama and interest to any kind of space. Many modern waterfalls of this type are built with LED lights to further amplify their beauty and appeal. It’s easy to add color, motion, and complex programs to such a feature’s lighting system. When these waterfalls are built with an autofill kit, the water feature’s maintenance requirements become minimal.

The Value Of Stainless Steel

Formal Falls are built with stainless steel spouts for great durability. These spouts also make the noise of the running water gentle and constant, making them ideally suited for use on block columns, outdoor spaces, and indoor installations.


The cost of a waterfall construction will vary depending on the width of the water feature and the construction characteristics of the wall in which it is installed. Speak to your authorized installer to learn more about the costs of these features.


These waterfalls are a breeze to take care of. Unlike maintaining a water garden or koi pond, these are relatively low maintenance. The reservoir will need to be topped up on a biweekly basis to replace water lost through evaporation, but the consumer need not worry about any other maintenance tasks. A fill valve can even be installed to handle this chore automatically! These falls require no special preparations for winter, either. They need to be drained and refilled in the spring. Each waterfall’s basin has dual pump access (on the left or right) to suit the needs of the installation.

Waterfalls constructed in retaining walls can be placed in both above-grade and in-ground walls in a variety of different configurations.

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529 W Blueridge Ave #F110 Orange, CA 92865

(714) 613-0123

June 22, 2016 0 Comments

About water garden and pond maintenance

What is a water garden?

A water garden which is also known as an aquatic garden is a type of a man-made feature hosting a great place for koi pond plants and other perennials. Water gardens can be defined as any exterior or interior landscape or architectural element whose major purpose is to display, house or propagate a particular aquatic plant variety. The primary focus is on koi pond plants but at times, they can be used to house ornamental fish which may feature in the pond.

Constructing a waterfall, koi pond, or other landscape water feature is a great investment for any property. When constructed correctly, water features can add tranquility and value to any property – residential or commercial. The sounds of water flowing freely, the greenery brought on by the beauty of a water garden, and the pleasure of owning koi fish, all bring delight to ourselves and customers renting the property. Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end – or at least a subtle halt while your water feature is to be assessed and repaired effectively for any leak.

Water gardens can be similar to aquaponic systems used to generate fish nutrients for the aquatic plants

Water gardening is a type of gardening which deals with the growing of aquatic plants adapted to the pools and ponds. Even though water gardens can be any size or depth, they are mostly small and shallow. They generally measure less than 20 inches in depth. This is supported by the fact that most aquatic plants are depth sensitive and need a specific depth of water in order to grow. The surface area and depth is determined by the species inhabiting the water garden.

Space required for your water garden

The average water garden measures about 11 feet wide by 16 feet or about 2000 gallons. They can also be as small as 6 feet by 8 feet or about 550 gallons. You should have 2 to 3 feet of landscape bed area around the pond for flowers and plants. Koi ponds and water gardens can take up considerably more space than that of a pondless waterfall or rock column fountain. We recommend hiring an experienced pond service provider to walk you through the difference between using a rubber liner vs cement, and how to best build your water feature based on the dynamics of your landscape as not all properties are the same.

Pond Safety

It is recommended that a water garden should have a minimum depth of 24″. A depth of 30″ is better since it provides more area for fish to winterize in the pond. This also provides a deeper area for fish to retreat in case a predatory bird comes into the pond. The first ledge of the pond is mostly 8-12″ in depth. This is meant to provide a shallow area around the ponds perimeter. This is shown in the water garden cross section on the following page.

Water Garden Cost

Water gardens are considered the most costly water option. A water garden  installed professionally will range from $2,500-$75,000. This will depend on the size and type of rockwork. Considering the additional benefits and enjoyment of fish and aquatic plants, then a water garden is worth your investment. Yes we’ve had customers with pond builds over $250,000 – we realize not everyone has this budget, but in order to build what should be considered as a “custom fish tank”, with proper filtration and all – a typical budget of $10,000 – $30,000 would be good for a cement pond with decent filtration (similar to the cost of a Jacuzzi)

Maintaining your Pond with Aquatic Plants

It is very easy to maintain a water garden. The maintenance will only take 15 minutes a week. You will have to clean the net and mat found inside the skimmer once every 10-14 days. This will only take you 5 minutes. Apart from the regular maintenance of the skimmer, add beneficial bacteria to the pond every week. One of the best things about water gardens is the fact that a variety of plants can grow in them. The most sought out aquatic plant is the water lily. What makes them a very good choice because they spread across the ponds and flower throughout the season. The Lily pads provide a shade to the pond from the heat of the sun during summer. This allows the fish use their leaves as shelter.


529 W Blueridge Ave #F110 Orange, CA 92865

(714) 613-0123

June 10, 2016 0 Comments

Commercial Rock Fountain Construction

Waterfall Construction & Maintenance Services

A Rock Fountain is an ideal choice for an owner who wants a waterfall effect to their property. Besides looking great, these fountains also produce a lyrical, soothing sound that makes any area more tranquil. Often times we receive inquiries from apartment complexes, HOA’s, and other commercial properties wanting custom waterfall features constructed and maintained.

Rock-waterfalls are growing particularly popular because they deliver all of the classic benefits of a water feature combined with minimal maintenance requirements. Rock Fountains can be placed on their own or grouped together with similar installations. This produces a very charismatic aggregate feature that lends considerable appeal and balance to the landscape. In backyards, Real-Rock water features provide a peaceful, contemplative accent to any design. These waterfalls are excellent for installation in the front yard, too — thanks to their lack of an open pond they present minimal potential liability for residential and commercial properties due to the low water-line, usually less than 12″ in order to not be fenced off from the public.

Formal-Waterfalls and Spillways are great for residential and commercial properties seeking aquatic noises and appearances.

Entry Level Waterfall Space Concerns

A small waterfall takes up a space roughly eight feet by eight feet. It’s possible to install one in a smaller area, but you should bear in mind that it’s likely to splash. There are alternative water features similar to this rock-column waterfall which come pre-built, are relatively easy to install – but also present high risk for leaks in the future if not constructed correctly. Using a 30mm-50mm liner minimum without aggressive plants close-by is a must when constructing these things.

Commercial Waterfall Space Concerns

Construction of a “commercial size” waterfall or fountain requires special attention to the foundation, urban development factors like vegetation, public access, and overall size of the water feature come into play. Some cities are ok with water features being less than 36″ deep while others require 12″ or less – we recommend referencing your local city guidelines before building a commercial or public-accessible water feature. We often require at least 30x30ft of space before we consider the “commercial grade” waterfall or fountain construction.

Waterfall & Fountain Maintenance

As with most water features with shallow basins, waterfalls and fountains are relatively easy to take care of and maintain. Depending on how much vegetation is close by, foot traffic, and how decent your equipment is – the maintenance should be minimal to none. When constructed correctly, fountains and water falls should only require similar maintenance to that of a pool. If for example you are a golf course, cemetery, or heavily vegetated area – we recommend a commercial aquatic maintenance company to bid your water feature maintenance as these are usually custom built to the property and should be professionally maintained to avoid expensive equipment repairs.

Waterfall & Fountain Cost

When they’re installed professionally, a small Column Fountain generally costs between $3,000 and $8,500. Waterfalls attached to ponds can range from $500 – $5,000 depending on the site and material needed. Commercial fountains and waterfalls can easily start at $30,000 – $150,000 depending on the size, materials used, and equipment required to keep the water feature under control.


529 W Blueridge Ave #F110 Orange, CA 92865

(714) 613-0123

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