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Pros and Cons of Installing a Koi Pond

A koi pond is a great way to add style to your home, and there are additional benefits of installing a koi pond that you may be less familiar with. This review offers insights into the pros and cons of installing a koi pond at your home to help you decide if it is right for you. 

The benefits of installing a koi pond

Aside from routine maintenance, the benefits of a koi pond typically outweigh the potential drawbacks. Most notably, a koi pond in your backyard offers aesthetic benefits, allows for more gathering space and offers environmental and home foundation protection benefits. 

Aesthetic benefits

Perhaps the main reason many homeowners decide to install a koi pond is to improve the look around their property. If you feel that your backyard (or the side of your yard in some instances) lacks aesthetic appeal, then a koi pond is worth considering. Water offers a desirable look and it is easy to add colorful decorations and unique lighting around your koi pond. 

Additional gathering space

A backyard koi pond offers a unique hangout spot around your home. If you like to invite friends over for a get-together or spend time with your family outdoors underneath the night lights in your backyard, a koi pond is a great idea. The koi fish also provide an intriguing conversation piece and a way to discuss animals and other educational topics with your children. 

Environmental benefits

A koi pond helps prevent water buildup around the exterior of your home or other areas of your property by providing a place for water to runoff. Also, the moisture created by the koi pond helps plants on hot and dry summer days, allowing for a greener lawn and plants that grow better. 

The disadvantages of a koi pond

As discussed, there are many benefits to a koi pond after installation. However, the installation process is often difficult and relatively costly. The most notable potential drawbacks to consider include the installation time and cost, building codes and routine maintenance. 

Installation time and cost

A koi pond is not easy to install. If you plan to install your own koi pond, then you will need to gather all of the necessary tools, have a detailed plan, allow for enough space and give yourself time to get the job done. If you pay a professional, then a koi pond can be costly, although the ROI when you sell the home might make the koi pond worth it financially. 

Building codes

Anytime you build on your property, you should check with the homeowner’s association and local government to get approval. There may be some limitations and building codes that you must follow, which can make the installation process more challenging.

Routine maintenance

In addition to an installation process that requires careful planning, a koi pond requires routine maintenance. This includes ensuring the koi fish are healthy and safe by keeping the water clean, feeding them properly and protecting them from predators (cats, raccoons, etc.).

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