I'm going to have my messy DIY pond redone by a pro this spring.
When he came by to take a look, he said he did not recommend a bottom drain (he said he is a certifed Aquascape installer; maybe they didn't train him to install them).
He was not too happy that I told him I wanted to purchase the equipment that he could recommend on line now while it is on sale off season and have him install it. He said those products are not as good as what he has. I want to SAVE money, not just buy his stuff at retail.
I get the feeling he is trying to sell me his product and what he is used to installing instead of what I want. By the way, he offers maintenance packages that are quite pricy. I suspect his objection to the bottom drain is that I would not need his clean out services as much, especially the big "drain, powerwash and refill" he recommends each spring.
Any thoughts on bottom drains and what I should look for in an installer?