Prices for professional pond cleaning

Many people ask what it costs to have your water feature professionally cleaned. The short answer? It depends. The long answer? It depends on:

  • The size of the pond or feature
  • Any waterfall or stream
  • Fish and plants
  • The amount of muck

At Good Earth Water Gardens, we strive to provide Kansas City pond owners with valuable, responsive service. We want people to enjoy their water features with peace of mind. Here’s how we price our cleanings.

What’s included in a pond cleaning?

No matter who cleans your water feature, you should expect a full cleaning and inspection. These services typically are best done in spring.

Some folks might just scoop out some leaves and call it good, but a thorough cleaning will ensure your pond, fountain, or pondless waterfall will be beautiful and function all year long. A full cleaning and inspection include:

  • Remove leaves and debris
  • Remove any fish and place in a safe holding tank
  • Drain water
  • Spray out sediment
  • Clean filters
  • Thin or repot aggressive aquatic plants
  • Inspect pump and components
  • Replace water
  • Acclimate and return fish

How long does it take to clean a water feature?

A pond cleaning can take anywhere from a few hours to two days. It depends on the size of the pond, how dirty it is, and what tasks need to be accomplished. If a pond hasn’t been cleaned in years, it will obviously take longer than a pond that has been recently maintained. At Good Earth Water Gardens, we work to keep our customers informed and will let you know how long we think your specific cleaning will take.

What price range should I expect?

Here are some good estimates to keep in mind.


Small water features: $300 – $400

This includes simple fountains like an urn or bubbling boulder.


The minimum for all ponds is $600.

Small ponds: $800 – $900

This includes ponds that are about 8′ x 10′ and about 600 – 700 gallons.

Medium ponds: $1,000 – $1,200

This includes ponds that are about 10′ x 15′ and about 1,100 – 1,200 gallons.

Larger ponds: $1,500 – $1,800

This includes ponds that are about 15′ x 20′ and about 2,200 – 2,500.

Pondless Waterfalls

Small pondless waterfall: $500 – $600

This covers a reservoir that’s less than 150 gallons and a stream that’s 10 feet or less.

Medium pondless waterfall: $700 – $900

This covers a reservoir of 300 to 500 gallons and a stream of 15 to 20 feet.

Large pondless waterfall: $1,000 – $1,200

This covers a reservoir of 800 to 1,000 gallons and a stream of 25 to 30 feet.

These estimates can fluctuate depending on the condition of the water feature, the presence of fish, and the need for landscaping. We are happy to come out and give you a specific estimate.

How can I schedule my water feature cleaning?

Getting your pond, pondless waterfall, or fountain cleaned is as easy as picking up the phone. Contact Good Earth Water Gardens via email or give us a call at 913-749-8090. We’ll answer any questions you might have and get you scheduled as soon as possible.