Pond Buyers And Builders Guide

What you need to know

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Buying a new home or property can be stressful in itself, and when a body of water comes with the property, there are many more things to consider. 

This page is dedicated to providing questions to ask yourself and the seller and to alert you as to what kind of positive and negative characteristics to look for before buying or building a water feature.

It is important to remember that no body of water behaves the same; some bodies of water are in a sustainable, healthy state and require little to no intervention, others require a bit of attention to reach an acceptable state.  This is why it is important to gather as much information as possible; it shows the likely path that the pond will follow

If starting from scratch and building a pond, it is imperative that certain standards (i.e. proper depth and native vegetation) are met.  Trying to take shortcuts in the present will almost always lead to headaches, hassle, and a good chunk of money to resolve the issue.

McCloud Aquatics is happy to provide consultation and answer any questions or concerns that you may have before buying a property with water or before the building process starts.

Things You

WANT To Know:

Total surface acres

Max depth AND average depth

  • Shallow ponds can be problematic​.

What is the history of the pond?

  • Does it grow a lot of algae or weeds?
  • Does it flood or dry up?

What does the shoreline look like?

  • Is there a Buffer Zone?
  • Rocked Shoreline?
  • Whats the slope of the shoreline?​​

What is the condition of the sediment?

  • Thick mucky sediment is nutrient filled, odor forming, and can fuel vegetative growth.

Does it have an inflow or outflow?

  • Inflows can introduce new vegetation and nutrients​.
  • Outflows can pull treatments out of the water and prevent the use of certain chemistries.

Are there fish or wildlife in or around the water?

What are YOUR goals for the water?

  • fishing
  • swimming
  • all natural