Water Features

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you provide free estimates?

Yes. Gentle Rain provides free written estimates on all water features to all clients in our service area. We will meet with you in person to understand your vision and make recommendations on the size, type and location of the water feature. We then let you decide on a design that will maximize your enjoyment and conform to your budget.

How much does a water feature cost?

The cost depends on the size and scope of the pond, stream and waterfall. Location is also a factor. If the water feature is in an awkward location with difficult access, the installation time can increase. On average, the cost is similar to that of a hot tub or outdoor spa.

How long does it take to install a water feature?

Depending on the scope of the project, it can take anywhere from 1 day to a week to complete. When we come out to your property to provide your complimentary estimate, we can also gauge the amount of time it will take to complete the installation.

What is the warranty of the water feature?

Our warranties include:

Do ponds require a lot of maintenance?

A properly designed and installed pond should require little regular maintenance. A couple of times a week you will need to add some powdered bacteria to keep the water clear. Depending on the amount of leaves and debris that make their way into your pond, you should regularly empty the debris net and clean the filter pads in the skimmer.

I want a waterfall, but I don't want to maintain a pond. Do you have any suggestions?

How about a pondless waterfall? You can enjoy the beauty and sound of a waterfall without worrying about maintenance of a pond. The water from the fall spills into a receptacle filled with gravel and re-circulates back up into the waterfall. The pondless waterfall can also be shut off when not in use since there is no ecosystem being maintained.

Does it need to be cleaned out?

Although our water features are low maintenance, a yearly spring clean out is highly recommended. A spring clean out involves removing the fish and plants, draining the pond, high pressure washing the rocks and cleaning out the filter media. Then we put it all back together again and you have yourself a sparkling new pond again.

How much water does it use?

Due to evaporation and some splashing, water will periodically need to be added into the pond. We recommend installing an automatic water-fill valve that will keep the water at a given level.

How much electricity does a water feature use?

It depends on the size of the pump being used and the current cost of electricity in the area. The cost will usually start at about $20.00 a month based on a 3,000 gallon per hour pump.

What preparation is required?

We will need a separate electrical 110V GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter) protected circuit within 20 feet of the pond pump location. If desired, the electrical work can be performed by Gentle Rain's electrician and directly billed to the homeowner.

Can I shut off my pump when I leave for the weekend?

If you have a pond, we recommend leaving your pump on in order for the pond"s natural ecosystem to maintain its balance.

Do ponds breed mosquitoes?

No. Mosquitoes only breed in stagnant water. Our ponds use a pump to constantly re-circulate the water.

Does the pond have a filter system?

Our ponds include both a biological and a mechanical filter. A biological filter provides surface area for beneficial bacteria to colonize and remove excess nutrients from the water. A mechanical filter will not only pre-filter the water and house the pump; it will also skim debris from the water"s surface to prevent the accumulation of organic materials on the pond floor.

Will I get algae in my pond?

Some algae are normal in a pond, but should become less prevalent once the ecosystem becomes balanced. Excessive algae are generally the result of a pond that has too many nutrients from fish waste and other decaying organic material, insufficient oxygen or too much sunlight.

Do I need to have plants in my pond?

Aquatic plants are part of the pond"s balanced ecosystem and act as a natural filtration system. They help keep the water naturally clean and clear by taking up nutrients in the water that would otherwise by taken up by algae. Plants also serve an aesthetic purpose. They soften the rocks, making the pond look more natural.

Do I need to have fish in my pond?

While not required, fish play an important role in balancing the pond"s natural ecosystem by feeding on algae. Most homeowners discover that fish require very little care and add to the enjoyment of their pond.

How deep does the pond need to be?

We recommend that the depth of the pond be at least two feet. If the pond is too shallow, the water will heat up, encouraging excessive algae growth.