Winter Pond Maintenance

Winter Pond Maintenance

A snowy winter pond is just as beautiful as a summer pond in full bloom. A few simple preventative steps at the beginning of the season can help you enjoy your icy oasis without worry.

Our Winter Maintenance Plan focuses on protecting your fish, pipes and plumbing from the winter cold. Our goal is to make sure your pond emerges from the New York winter ready for spring.

Easy Pond Maintenance Scheduling

Step 1

Fill out our simple online Maintenance Request Form.

Step 2

We’ll call or email you (from the info you provide) to talk about the best plans for your water feature.

Step 3

Sit back and relax while we do the dirty work!

Our Service Areas Include Most Of Eastern Long Island

We clean and maintain ponds throughout The Hamptons

Comprehensive Maintenance Programs

For All Types Of Ponds & Water Features

At Alter Ecosystems, we’re dedicated to providing our customers with the most comprehensive and logical winter water feature maintenance services available on Eastern Long Island, NY.

We love ponds and waterfalls, and we love sharing our knowledge and expertise with you so that you can enjoy your water gardening experience to the fullest.

Here’s a glimpse at just a few of the services we can perform during your winter service visit:

Caring for a pond in Eastern Long Island, NY during the winter months can mean different things depending on where you live. If you’re fortunate enough to reside in the mild climate areas by the shore, simply removing your pond’s excess debris and adding activated pond carbon should set you up for the winter. 

If you live in the north, however, you may begin to see ice formation. (This is what most of us in New Jersey will see, and we’ll spend the next few months longingly viewing our ponds from indoors …)

During these frosty months, you can either keep your pond running for the winter, or shut it down. Many of our customers choose the latter for the most peace of mind and to protect their pumps and pipes from the winter cold.

If we shut down your pond as part of your Winter Maintenance Plan, we’ll unplug the pump and pull it out of the pond. We’ll then store it until spring in a frost-free location, submerged in a bucket of water to keep the seals from drying out. With the pump put away, we’ll take additional precautionary measures to preserve fish, plant and plumbing life.

Whether you keep your pond running during the winter is a matter of personal preference. Roughly 70 percent of pond owners in the colder climates decide to shut down their system because they don’t enjoy tending to their water garden during the bitter months of winter. 

The aesthetic rewards of a running winter pond are absolutely worthwhile if you have the time, though, so by all means; don’t be afraid to keep the system running as long as possible.

If your area experiences long periods of exceptionally cold weather, the pump won’t be enough to keep a hole open in the ice, and you’ll want to consider adding a floating pond deicer.

Controlled by a thermostat, the unit only runs when the water temperature is at or below freezing, heating only the surrounding water to just above freezing, and then shutting off again. This system keeps the water cool enough for fish to enter their winter torpor (semi-hibernation) while keeping a hole open in the ice so the fish can breathe.

We always recommend including some kind of additional aeration along with your deicer, either in the form of a running waterfall (if you choose not to shut down for the season) or an aeration system.

Maintaining Ponds throughout The Hamptons Area of Suffolk County, NY

We maintain ponds and Pondless Waterfalls throughout Eastern Long Island, including Manorville, Riverhead, West Hampton, Quogue, East Quogue, Hampton Bays, Suffolk, Southampton, Watermill, Sag Harbor, Bridgehampton, Sagaponack, Springs, Amagansett, Montauk and more.

Master Certified Aquascape Contractor Serving Eastern Long Island, New York