May 31, 2022

Professional Pond Cleaning Costs 2022

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When it comes to pond cleaning, there is no one-size-fits-all answer. If you’re a dedicated DIYer and don’t mind getting dirty, you can clean your water feature yourself for the price of supplies. Here’s how. For professional cleaning, the cost varies based on factors such as:
  • The size and condition of the pond
  • The extent of the cleaning required
  • How long it’s been since the last cleaning
  • The amount of aquatic plants
  • What kind of regular maintenance the feature has had
That said, here’s a general overview of what you can expect to pay for professional pond cleaning.

What Are the Seasonal Requirements for Pond Maintenance?

Most ponds need a thorough spring cleaning. But if your pond’s water is clear and the only debris can be nabbed with a net, you might just need a little tidying up instead of a deep clean. Assuming you start spring with a clean pond, seasonal maintenance is about maintaining a healthy pond ecosystem and keeping crud out of the water. To this end, beneficial bacteria and proper aeration can help your ecosystem stay balanced. And netting your pond in the fall to keep leaves away will help keep water clean and the ecosystem happy.

What Is Included in Pond Maintenance?

Professional pond cleaning is about removing all the algae and debris that has built up in your pond over the course of a season. We want your pond to look as good (or pretty similar) as the day it was installed. We call this service a drain and clean. At Good Earth Water Gardens, our pond maintenance is more thorough than what many other companies offer. Our service typically entails these steps:
  • Drain water in pond, store fish in fish safe aerated tub (if applicable).
  • Thorough flush of pond to remove leaves, debris and sediments (pressure wash rocks and shop vac waste).
  • Clean skimmer and biofilter, rinse and inspect filter mats.
  • Inspect lighting system.
  • Inspect pump and reconnect it to the plumbing line.
  • Inspect the pond for obvious leaks.
  • Refill pond, add detoxifier and other vital water treatments.
  • Reacclimate fish to pond.
  • Turn on pump.
  • Refresh area by straightening any displaced rocks and disguising any exposed liner and filtration components.
We like to get everything done in one go – which means we will not leave your pond cleaning and start another project until we are finished. Your pond gets our full attention until you are satisfied.

Do Fish Need to be Removed for Pond Maintenance?

Yes. Since a pond cleaning usually involves replacing most if not all water, any fish need to be moved to a safe, aerated tub with water that’s a proper temperature. But even if enough water remained in the pond for fish to breathe, it would be a stressful experience. The best move is to get fish out of the way and then acclimate them carefully once the maintenance is complete. Want to learn more about how and when to move fish? Check out our guide.

How Long Does It Take To Clean a Water Feature?

A pond cleaning can take anywhere from a few hours to a few days. It depends on the size of the pond, how dirty it is, and what tasks need to be accomplished. If a pond hasn’t been cleaned in years, it will obviously take longer than a pond that has been recently maintained. At Good Earth Water Gardens, we work to keep our customers informed. We’ll let you know how long we think your specific cleaning will take.

How much does pond maintenance cost?

We want our Kansas City clients to enjoy their water features with peace of mind. Here are some estimates for maintenance costs of each type of water feature:


Small fountains: $300 – $400 Large fountains: $500 – $600  

Pondless Waterfalls

Small pondless waterfall: $500 – $600 Medium pondless waterfall: $700 – $1,000 Large pondless waterfall: $1,000 – $1,500  


Small ponds: $800 – $1,000 Medium ponds: $1,100 – $1,500 Larger ponds: $1,600 – $2,000 These estimates can fluctuate depending on the condition of the water feature, the presence of fish and the need for landscaping. We are happy to come out and give you a specific estimate. Getting your pond, pondless waterfall or fountain cleaned is as easy as picking up the phone. Contact Good Earth Water Gardens via email or give us a call at 816-720-7577. We’ll answer any questions you might have and get you scheduled as soon as possible.

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