A pond can often be the highlight of a property. A clean and healthy pond can increase your property's value, and unfortunately a messy pond can do the opposite. In fact, did you know that a one meter drop in water clarity can cause property values to drop a minimum of 10-15%!
Over time, all ponds develop a growing layer of sludge from decomposed leaves, weeds, algae and organic matter. Pond sludge contains gasses that are harmful to fish and water quality. The same toxic gases harbor nutrients that help algae flourish, which can potentially lead to issues capable of destroying the eco-system of a body of water. Sludge gradually fills in a pond, becoming the primary source of problems experienced by Iowa pond owners.
Officially know as eutrophication, the process that occurs when sediments fill a lake or pond usually happens over many years. However, when the ground cover vegetation is disturbed within the drainage basin by factors such as construction projects, farming operations, natural disasters, etc., the eutrophication process can be accelerated.
What is Dredging?
The process of removing sediments from the bottom of a pond or lake. In addition to drastically improving the overall health of a pond, dredging also provides the perfect opportunity to widen and/or reshape your existing pond. By using our long reach excavator, Kloubec Earthworks is able to completely dredge and renew a pond with minimal property disturbance.
How Do You Know If Your Pond Needs To Be Dredged?
The presence of algae, excessive weeds, unhealthy or dying fish, poor water clarity and reduced pond depth are all indicators or sediment build up. A simple way to know for sure is to probe your pond's bottom. If bubbles rise to the surface, if you notice a foul odor or a black, sludge like material on your probe, chances are dredging your pond is a good idea. We are happy to probe your pond for you at your consultation.
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