Lake Cleaning 101: Basics and Services


The Basics of Lake Cleaning and Maintenance

Lakes are the pillars of our communities, providing a source for boating, fishing, swimming, stormwater retention, drinking water, and more. However, various environmental factors, such as algae and nuisance weeds, can impair water quality, clarity, and your lake’s overall functionality. These poor water quality issues can lead to foul odors, fish kills, and unsafe water conditions, all of which can hinder the beauty and enjoyment of your waterbody.

Whether you have a recreational lake or a stormwater pond, implementing an ongoing management plan can help keep your water quality healthy and safe for aquatic life and the stakeholders who rely on it. With regular lake cleaning services, you can stay ahead of potential problems and ensure that your lake stays beautiful and clean for all to enjoy.

Why Ongoing Management is Important

Maintaining the health and beauty of your lake can be overwhelming. As lakes and stormwater ponds age year over year, they can regularly develop unsightly water conditions if not managed properly. Pollutants from runoff, such as excess nutrients, plastics, and waste, can have a devastating impact on lake ecosystems, leading to the death of fish, plants, and other organisms that rely on the water for survival. Excess nutrients washed into a lake or pond can compromise water quality by fueling algae and invasive weed growth, creating an unsafe or unsightly environment.

That’s why lake cleaning is an essential part of a lake management program. Regular lake cleaning services and maintenance are necessary to address these issues and preserve the lake’s biodiversity. Not only does a healthy lake provide a home for countless species, but it also offers a space for recreational activities, such as nature watching, and can even be a source of drinking water. Smaller stormwater ponds are vital to communities as they help regulate water levels and prevent flooding during storms. Keeping these waterbodies functioning properly is essential to surrounding homes and other valuable assets. By utilizing lake cleaners and an annual management program, you can ensure that your lake or stormwater pond remains enjoyable and healthy for generations to come.

The Lake Cleaning Process

Large lakes and stormwater ponds have vast and unique biological ecosystems that require specialized lake cleaning to meet their individual needs. If you’re dealing with algae, muck and sediment build-up, nutrient pollution, or receding shorelines – there are solutions to help restore the natural balance of your lake or pond ecosystem.

Floating Fountains and Aeration

Floating fountains not only add beauty and character to your waterbody, but they also serve an important purpose in lake cleaning. In small stormwater ponds, floating fountains can help improve oxygen circulation and can help create a thriving aquatic ecosystem. Large lakes can utilize surface aerators and submersed aerators to improve oxygen circulation while enjoying a floating fountain’s aesthetics. A well-oxygenated lake helps prevent algae, aquatic weeds, foul odors, and fish kills, resulting in improved water quality and clarity.

Nuisance Weed and Algae Management

Nuisance aquatic weeds and algae can drastically impact the natural beauty of your lake or stormwater pond. Not only are they unsightly, but they can also pose a threat to aquatic life. With professional lake cleaning services, you can safely identify, target, and remove aquatic weeds and algae from your lake. Control can be achieved through effective EPA-registered algaecide and herbicide applications. Aquatic weeds can also be controlled through natural solutions like mechanical hydro-raking or harvesting.

Debris and Sediment Removal

Over time, lakes and ponds can naturally build up debris, sediment, and muck. This build-up can decrease the depth of your lake, fuel nutrient pollution, create unsafe conditions for recreation, or reduce the holding capacity for stormwater ponds. Lake cleaning and depth restoration solutions such as hydro-raking and mechanical dredging can safely remove excess nutrients by physically removing nutrient-rich muck or sediment from your waterbody.

Nutrient Remediation

Nutrients like phosphorus and nitrogen are crucial for the ecosystem of large lakes. When the levels of these nutrients rise, they can severely damage your waterbody’s environment. Lake cleaning services such as alum applications can help reduce excess phosphorus and restore water quality in recreational lakes and drinking water reservoirs. For smaller stormwater ponds, lanthanum-modified clay and phosphorus filtration bags can be used to regulate excess nutrient levels and improve overall water quality.

Shoreline Management

Effective shoreline management is one of the best ways to keep your lake or stormwater pond healthy. Many water quality issues are fueled by the nutrients that enter your waterbody from outside sources like lawn fertilizer, pet waste, and debris. Establishing a protective vegetative shoreline buffer can help filter out excess nutrients before they enter the water column. In addition, erosion repair technology can help repair unstable shorelines, halt sedimentation, and protect your lake from future damage.

Water Quality Monitoring and Testing

Keeping your lake or pond clean and healthy begins with water quality monitoring and testing. To determine the root cause of poor water quality, like algae and weeds, experts can conduct a water quality test. The data from these tests allows lake cleaners to customize management plans that work to stay ahead of any water quality issues.

Help Keep Your Lake Clean

While it’s always best to work with our professional lake cleaners to ensure the health of your lake or stormwater pond, there are a few things you can do to help keep it clean between lake cleaning services. For starters, make sure you’re not using phosphorus-rich lawn fertilizers in or around the lake that could contribute to pollution. Additionally, removing any debris, such as fallen leaves and branches, and bagging grass clippings can help prevent them from decaying and releasing harmful nutrients into the water. Regularly picking up trash, pet waste, and other pollutants can make a big difference in your lake’s water quality. By taking these small but important steps between lake cleaning services, you can help ensure that your lake stays clean and healthy for all its inhabitants.

Lake Cleaning in Action

SOLitude has been providing lake cleaning services for decades. Our team is dedicated to making water a healthier and more beautiful part of our world. Hear from lake and pond owners or managers throughout the United States on the benefits of lake cleaning and an annual management program.

No More Algae!

SOLitude has completely corrected our community pond. No more algae, which has kept the fountain running well. We have a monthly maintenance contract, and I always receive notice of when they are coming and if they found any issues.

Emily Schollian

Property Manager, VA

Turned Pond Into a Thing of Beauty

SOLitude has been servicing our large residential pond for some years now. They do a wonderful job in all respects! They took a water plant and algae-clogged mess and turned it into a thing of beauty! Work quality is superb, customer service is first-rate. We are extremely well pleased.

Hank Chase

Private Landowner, Purcellville, VA

Keep Lake Free of Algae & Debris

SOLitude Lake Management has been the lake management company for our community lake located in Alexandria, VA, for five years now and we have found them to be very professional and responsive to our needs of keeping the lake free of algae and other debris. They also service the lighted fountains when needed. The team members are friendly, receptive, and willing to discuss lake maintenance options when signing the contract.

Carol Devine

Lake Committee Chairperson, Alexandria, VA

Recommend Without Hesitation

I have used SOLitude’s services for about five years. They have turned my pond into a very fine little fishery for bass and bluegills. They have also made the pond much more attractive. SOLitude’s consultants check my pond on a regular basis and I have found them all to be knowledgeable, friendly, and very service oriented. For any landowner looking to improve the appearance and the fishing productivity of their pond, I would recommend SOLitude without hesitation.

Edmund Cowart

Private Landowner, New Ulm, TX

Positive Results

My subdivision in College Station, Texas, has two lakes and SOLitude Lake Management took over water and shoreline management six months ago. While we still have occurrences of water weeds, algae, and duckweed, we are getting on top of the problems much quicker. While we are only halfway into our 1st-year contract, these early, positive results are encouraging. We appreciate the service and especially the science SOLitude brings to our relationship.

John Himmel

College Station, TX

Our Fishery Is In It’s Best Condition Ever

Thank you to SOLitude for all your help at our Fishing Club. Our hydrilla problem is practically non-existent now. The fish survey you completed for us, the recommendations on slot sizes, and the stocking and feeding program you developed are producing outstanding results. Our club’s fishery is in the best condition it has ever been! Your presentation to our stockholders at our annual meeting was extremely well received. We are getting ready to enhance our fish attractors as suggested. We appreciate that a management program was developed that fits within our budget and that you are available to talk with us when we have questions. We look forward to continuing our association with SOLitude.

John McCracken

Fishing Club President, West Point, VA

February 23, 2015

A Huge Improvement with SOLitude

I wanted to let you know how pleased we are with the results of the algae treatment. We noticed a huge improvement very quickly, and at this point, the pond looks really, really great. Also, the fish are thriving – some of the bass are over a foot, and the Bluegills have also gotten big. We are just thrilled. Thank you so much for your responsiveness.

Gwen Goodkin

Private Landowner, Charlottesville, VA

June 16, 2015

From an Eyesore to Thriving Ecosystem

In one season, SOLitude Lake Management turned the two lakes on my Virginia property from dead, weed-infested, eyesores into thriving, fish-filled, ecosystems – and they have maintained them as such ever since!

Angus Yates

Private Landowner, Middleburg, VA

September 17, 2015

Thank You from Camp Holiday Trails

Thank you for coordinating the restoration effort for our pond and donating labor for the aerator installation and watermeal treatment. This will ensure that hundreds of kids with special medical needs, and those who have the honor, joy, and inspiration of working with them, will benefit from the Camp Holiday Trails experience this year!

Tina LaRoche

Charlottesville, VA

Top Notch Service

When one of our stormwater BMPs was overtaken by phragmites, we called SOLitude for treatment. From the bidding process to the follow-up, the service we received was top-notch. A year later, the Phragmites have still not returned. Considering how invasive this species is, this is quite an accomplishment!

Leah Aguilar

Operations Superintendent, York County, VA

Responsive to Our Needs

SOLitude manages our 28 lakes at our Country Club and we have formed a great partnership with them and in particular Christina and Garrett. They are responsive to our needs and take the time to explain their process and ongoing management plans to staff, board members, and owners as well as answer their questions.

Joe Burden

General Manager, Florida

A Pleasure to Work with SOLitude

For the past 2 years as a member of our neighborhood board, I worked personally with Mitchell of SOLitude Lake Management. Our neighborhood has over 40 lakes & ponds. I can honestly say it was a pleasure to work with this vendor. Mitchell provided weekly updates and as our aquatics expert, he helped educate us and assisted in developing a restorative approach to our lake & pond management. It was a pleasure to work with such a knowledgeable representative. Thanks!

Colette Price

Board Member, Florida

The Benefits of Professional Lake Cleaning Services

While DIY lake cleaning may seem like a cheaper and easier option, it can often do more harm than good. Without the proper knowledge, equipment, and experience, attempting to clean your lake or stormwater pond yourself can result in further damage to the ecosystem and potentially harm aquatic life. At SOLitude, our professional lake cleaners have the expertise and tools to properly assess and address the issues facing your lake, ensuring that it remains healthy and safe.

When you work with us, you’re getting more than just lake cleaning services. SOLitude’s eco-friendly mission strives to implement proactive management strategies that restore waterbodies, improve water quality, and preserve our natural resources. By entrusting your lake’s cleaning and maintenance to our aquatic experts, you can have peace of mind knowing that you’re receiving the best care in the business.

Contact Us for Lake Cleaning Services

Call us at 888-480-5253 or complete the form below to connect with an aquatic management expert.

SOLitude Lake Management is a nationwide environmental firm committed to providing sustainable solutions that improve water quality, enhance beauty and preserve natural resources.

SOLitude’s team of aquatic scientists specializes in the development and execution of customized lake, stormwater pond, wetland and fisheries management programs. Services include water quality testing and restoration, algae and aquatic weed control, installation and maintenance of fountains and aeration systems, shoreline erosion control, muck and sediment removal and invasive species management. SOLitude partners with homeowners associations, golf courses, private landowners, businesses and municipalities. SOLitude Lake Management is part of Rentokil, a leading business services company, operating across the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.

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