How to Winterize Pond Skimmers

Pond skimmers remove organic material and other debris out of pond water to keep it clean and aerated. Water moves to the skimmer filter and can be pumped to the other side of the pond to prevent stagnation, which promotes mosquito breeding. Skimmers may be enjoyed year round in warmer climates but ought to be winterized to protect any fish or the pump from freezing when temperatures dip below 40 degrees Fahrenheit.

Turn off the skimmer pump and disconnect it from its electrical supply to prevent the risk of electrocution.

Pull the skimmer from the water. Loosen the nut or screw that attaches the skimmer to the water line; this might require a wrench or pliers. Detach the skimmer and drain the water back in the pond.

Eliminate the skimmer basket and then eliminate any debris. Rinse it off with fresh water and allow it to air dry.

Eliminate the skimmer filter pads and brushes. Wash them with fresh water and allow them to air dry. Eliminate any used filter pads and replace with new ones at the spring.

Eliminate the pump wand if it is on your skimmer version. Use a clean rag or soft brush, like an old toothbrush, to wash around the pump display and impeller.

Store the filter pads, pump wand, brushes and skimmer basket at a dry location indoors over the winter.

Fill a bucket with fresh water and submerge the pump. Store the bucket in a warm place inside to protect the pump parts from drying out. Examine the water once a month to make sure it has not disappeared along with the pump is still submerged.

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