Even the best built ponds can eventually
Given enough time, ground settling, erosion
and weathering can cause problems in any pond. The
first step in pond repair is determining where the
leak actually is. Once the location has been determined, a method
of repair can be decided upon.
if the leak is in the pond or the waterfall. If you are unsure,
fill the pond up and cut off the flow to the
If the pond level goes down, the leak is in the pond. If the pond
level goes down only when the waterfall is on, the leak is in the
waterfall. Sometimes the leak can be in the plumbing to the filter,
but that is rare.
You can patch cracked concrete with cement, but you have to paint
over the patch with environmentally safe waterproofing masonry
the cement has lime in it which buffers the pH of the water. At any rate,
expect the patch to last only a season or two. The best way to repair
a concrete pond
is to put a rubber liner in it or coat it with liquid rubber membrane.
The rubber liner lasts twenty years or more, but is difficult
to install. The
rubber coating lasts five to ten years and is simple to install but
can be pricey
for larger ponds.
|For Plastic Preformed Ponds
There are patch kits available for these ponds, but once they start to
crack, they continue to crack. Best to replace it with rubber liner or
a new preformed
Also known as PVC liner. This liner gets stiff and cracks where it has
folds. Once it starts to crack, it continues to crack. Best to replace
it with rubber
liner. If it gets torn while it is still supple, a patch kit will fix the
A patch kit will easily repair most holes in this liner.
|Problems Other Than Leaks
Can include collapsing of pond walls, settling of an area or side, stonework
becoming loose or shifted, and external equipment shifting or leaking.
Many of these issues are best identified and addressed by a pond
professional. Feel free to Contact Us for
more information. We service pond Owners in the Washington, D.C.
metropolitan area, Maryland,
Backyard Ponds is a full service
water garden and pond company. We provide this service
in the Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia areas. Please contact
us if you would like more information.
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