Using Aluminum Sulfate to Treat Muddy Ponds
Many people find living by a lake or pond extremely desirable. Owning property on the water means that fishing, canoeing, and swimming are always just a few steps away. And, who doesn’t love relaxing at the end of the day watching the sun set over the water? There aren’t many sights better than that. However, if your pond is murky, brown, and unhealthy-looking, then you aren’t getting the most out of living by the water. But there’s good news: you may be able to benefit from aluminum sulfate treatments, which can help your pond become crystal-clear and beautiful again.
Phosphorous and Muddy Ponds
Muddy, murky ponds can be muddy and murky for a few different reasons, but one of the most common is the presence of excess phosphorous in the water. The right balance of phosphorous is critical for maintaining a healthy body of water, but some lake or pond floors simply have too much of the mineral. At other times, your pond or lake might take on too much phosphorous in particularly rainy seasons when soil is carried into the body of water. Whatever the case, too much phosphorous can lead to weed and algae overgrowth, which can easily cause your water to be turbid.
How Aluminum Sulfate Treatments Work
Aluminum sulfate or alum is used to clarify a lake or pond by trapping excess phosphorous in the sediment. When alum is applied to a body of water and circulated through it, the compound creates flocs. This is just another way of saying the alum gathers lake water particles together into clumps. These clumps then fall to the sediment at the bottom and work as a barrier between the lakebed and the water to regulate phosphorous levels. Within a matter of days, or sometimes even hours, your lake or pond will be noticeably clearer.
Central Florida Aquatic Management Company
At Sorko Services, we can provide you with a custom aquatic management program to turn your lake from a muddy mess into a thing of beauty. Our team is trained in a variety of water treatment methods, including aluminum sulfate applications, and there’s no problem we can’t handle. With periodic water quality monitoring and treatments when necessary, your lake can remain crystal-clear for years to come. To learn more about our services, please give us a call at 407-878-4492.