How to Clean Your Pond
Step IV - Shop Vac
I recommend that you position the Shop Vac
nearest the side with the deepest part of the pond, and with an
easy drain or dumping spot.
(Shop Vac Positioning)
This will be heavy once it's full of water and
debris, so try to position it where you can easily tip it over
or open up the drain plug - without making an unsightly mess.
If this is not an option, plan a removal route
that is as easy as possible. This can be one of the most
frustrating and labor intensive parts if not thought out
Now, all you do is attach the longest hose you
can, and put one of the narrow tip adapters on the end
(experiment to see which one works best for you), turn on the
vac (make sure you pre-set it for wet vacuuming) and then start
sucking out the muck.
Tip: The best and easiest way we
have found is rather than getting down on your hands and knees,
vacuuming all over the bottom, try securing the end of the Vac
hose in one place, near the deepest point in the pond.
Put a heavy object on top of to keep it in
place, and then just use your garden hose or powerwasher to push
debris and muck towards the vac hose while it's running.
You will use a little more water, but it's much easier than the
Note: Do not fully submerge the end of the
Shop Vac hose underwater for extended periods of time, the motor is not equipped to handle
that much suction. Always try to suck 1/2 water / debris
with 1/2 air for maximum effectiveness and motor life.
As you remove more water, more of the bottom
will appear - so keep cleaning and vacuuming until you get it
all cleaned up! An average pond can be cleaned in 2-3 hours,
larger ponds in 6-8 hours. So, always plan to have enough
time for the cleaning and also re-filling the pond, and
acclimating the fish.
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