It’s that time of the year, so there’s no ducking the issue. Whether your goal is deicing for waterfowl refuge and hunting, or over-winter fish survival improvement in the central or northern US-now is the time to start planning and designing your deicing system.
A correctly designed and installed pond deicing system has multiple benefits; some of those benefits extend to 12 months of the year. For instance, improved water quality, reduced sludge/muck accumulation, better fish survival year around, and pond odor reduction.
There are two methods used to deice ponds on the market. One is mounted propellers (ice eaters) that direct water flow from the warmer lower reaches of the pond to the surface. The warmer water reduces ice formation.
Keeton Industries addresses pond deicing with a more efficient process. Our micro-bubble aeration diffusers create a water flow as the bubbles rise to the surface. The air in the water column makes the water lighter, so the warmer water from the bottom rises up to the surface, reducing ice formation.
Both methods of deicing will work well, the primary difference is in power consumption. Since air has a much lower mass (weight) than water, it takes less horsepower to pump the air than it does to pump the water with a propeller.
Other advantages of deicing with air bubbles: no power in the water, longer line runs are possible with air tubing than with a power cable (more flexibility in placement), and of course easy maintenance with the equipment on the shoreline instead of in the water.
Interested in checking into the advantages of pond deicing, and design and cost factors? Don’t hesitate until it is too late to take action (the pond is already frozen), contact Keeton Industries for a free estimate!