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Excavate, a product offered by Sanco, is an all-natural biological pond dredging product.

Traditionally ponds have been mechanically dredged.
This process can be very costly and kind of a pain to the pond owners and can also be destructive to the pond. Sanco Industries has created another way to dredge ponds.

What is Biological Dredging?

Pond Champs biological pond dredging uses high doses of beneficial microbes to remove organic material from the pond floor. Pond Champs utilizes a unique mix of bacteria and techniques that will ensure a program that will reduce muck and sludge from the bottom of a pond or lake. Each treatment is guaranteed to reduce muck an average of 6 inches per application. Up to two treatments per year are available in colder, northern climates and up to four treatments per year are available in warmer, southern climates.

benefits of biological dredging compared to other options...

  • Less invasive – due to the absence of heavy equipment and large containment bags, there are no damages to the surrounding turf or landscape. There are no large, noisy trucks or backhoes rolling across the yard. The peaceful integrity of your property is maintained.

  • Pond can still be utilized – the bacterial dredging process remains uninterrupted by fishing, boating or swimming activities. You can fully utilize your pond while this operation is occurring.

  • Irrigation systems can continue uninterrupted – irrigation from your pond can continue, since no disruption to water flow will occur during the bacterial dredging operation.

  • Less repair costs – there will be no damage done to the turf or landscape, so there will be no repair costs incurred.

  • Less expensive operation – biological dredging is much less expensive due to lower equipment overhead, less labor expenses and lower fuel expenses.

  • Environmentally friendly – the integrity of the pond′s environment is kept intact. The fish, turtle, and frog populations need not be reduced or eliminated during biological dredging. Likewise, the lack of heavy equipment keeps the surrounding turf and landscape unscathed and aesthetically pleasing.

How does biological pond dredging differ from
Mechanical & Suction?

The process of biological pond dredging is much different then mechanical and suction dredging.

The process of mechanically dredging a pond requires several steps. First, the pond will likely need to be drained completely. This means all the fish in the pond will need to be removed. Second, a location will need to be selected and approved for disposal of the removed muck. This usually requires permitting from state and local authorities. Third, permission will need to be given for heavy digging equipment and trucks to have access to the property for removal of the sediment.
Finally, budgeting will need to be considered to refill the pond and for landscape repair from mechanical dredging damages caused during the operation.

The process of suction dredging a pond requires several steps as well. First, the shoreline will have large perforated bags placed on it. These bags are used to dry the muck out and allow the water to return to the pond. The dried muck is retained in the bags and is then collected and removed to a donor site. The donor site will require approval from state and local authorities before the project begins. Finally, the landscape and lawns will need to be replanted after the dredging operation is completed.

The process of biological dredging is very straight forward and convenient. First, the muck is measured and the pond mapped and gridded. Second, the product is distributed into the muck. Third, after 30 to 45 days, the muck levels are re-measured. Fourth, the biological applicator evaluates whether additional treatments are necessary. There are no heavy equipment issues nor are fish or turf harmed in any way during this operation. Furthermore, no permits are needed, since no sediment is actually transported from the site to a donor.

How do I know if biological dredging is for me or my company?

Good candidates for Pond Champs biological pond dredging include any pond owner that has considered mechanical or suction dredging as well as oil refineries, college campuses, and municipalities. Pond Champs′ specialists can evaluate such ponds and determine if biological dredging is right for you!

Who We Are

Pond Champs is a pond management service located in northeast Indiana. We manage association, privately owned, and many retention ponds in and around the Fort Wayne area. We also provide a unique service that is an alternative to mechanical and suction dredging.

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