Many commercial property owners and residential land owners realize the benefits of having a pond. Besides adding a natural form of beauty to the property, ponds also offer a serene place to relax, which helps promote better sleep and improves mental health. For those who love nature, ponds also provide a nearby habitat to make it possible to observe and learn about certain plants and animals.
To thoroughly enjoy the many benefits of having a pond, you will need to get a pond aeration system installed. Some of the most common types of aeration systems include fountains, diffused pond aeration systems, windmill-powered aerators, and high-volume surface aerators.
While each type of aerator works in different ways, they all have one main purpose — to maintain movement in your pond water, which is part of a process called pond aeration.
In preventing pond water from becoming stagnant, aeration creates circulation in order to balance the ecosystem of the pond. Pond aeration offers many proven benefits, including the following three.
1. It Greatly Improves the Quality of Water
Murky pond water is an indication that the quality of water isn't very good. Pond water that is poor quality will not only look bad; it will also smell bad. Murky and foul-smelling water is caused when an unhealthy buildup of bacteria is in the water. This unhealthy bacteria prevents the oxygen in the water from circulating properly.
Along with creating circulation that restores oxygen levels to the pond, aeration also helps in the following ways to improve the quality of water:
- Reduces alkalinity and restores pH levels
- Removes carbon dioxide
- Restores balance of other chemicals, such as nitrogen and phosphorous
By improving the quality of water, not only will your pond look and smell great again, but you will also be preventing the wildlife that lives in and nearby your pond from dying.
2. It Reduces the Amount of Mosquito Activity
Since mosquitoes breed in standing fresh water, ponds are magnets for these pesky insects. Fortunately, for pond lovers, pond aeration can limit the amount of mosquito activity. This happens in two ways:
- The surface water gets agitated so that mosquitoes aren't able to lay their eggs
- The oxygenated water helps fish and other larvae-eating creatures to thrive
You don’t need a lot of fish in your pond to control mosquito populations either. Just one mosquito fish can consume 100 larvae per day. If you want fewer mosquitoes around your pond, you will want to invest in pond aeration services.
3. It Eliminates the Thermocline
The transition layer between the warm water on the surface and the cooler water deep down below is known as the thermocline.
With pond aeration, the water gets mixed, which helps to eliminate these stratified layers. The cooler oxygen-starved water gets moved to the surface so that it retains adequate oxygen levels. The warmer water that is rich in oxygen gets sent to the bottom of the pond and helps beneficial bacteria to grow.
The constant churning of the cool and warm water helps balance the temperature so that it doesn't get too hot during the summer or too cold in the winter. If you live in a cold climate, this temperature regulation can prevent your pond water from becoming frozen, which will keep the fish alive.
Whether you have a pond on your commercial property or right in your own backyard, and you want to enjoy the benefits that pond aeration has to offer, don't hesitate to contact the professionals at Henry Drilling LLC. We can install a pond aeration system that suits the needs of you and your pond and also provide repair and maintenance services as well.