Put's Ponds & Gardens Pond Leak Detection Wayne, Oakland, Macomb and St. Clair Counties, MI
So, you think you have a pond leak?!
Don’t worry, it’s not the end of the world. In fact, most backyard ponds can lose 1 to 2 inches of water a week to evaporation. This will depend on the amount of sun exposure and the volume of water flowing over your waterfalls. If you have a lot of both you may have a larger than normal amount of water loss due to evaporation.
Now, that doesn’t mean that if you fill your pond up to the normal level one day and then you see that the level has dropped 5”-6” the next day that you are dealing with normal evaporation. At that point you can rule out evaporation and assume that you are dealing with a leaking pond.
Look For Low Edges
An easy way you could find these spots is by looking for wet mulch or muddy areas around your water feature. If you find a spot like this around your pond, all you need to do is raise the liner above the water level. Simply lift the liner up and pack some soil under the liner in the area to raise it up. Leak Fixed!
Obstructions in the Stream and Skimmer
Another thing you should check for in the stream and near the pond skimmer is an excess buildup of debris, algae growth or rocks that have shifted and are blocking water flow. These obstructions can divert the water flow over the liners edge, and also raise the water level in areas where the liner is too low. Simply moving the obstruction should alleviate the problem. Algae and Debris can be controlled by maintaining your water feature and trimming back any excess growth.
Without even knowing it, just the slightest alteration in the rocks/gravel in your streams and waterfalls could cause the water to back-up over the liner. Have you ever had little ones try and build a dam with the small gravel, only to find out that the skimmer in your pond is sucking air the very next morning? This might seem like a little thing, but it doesn't take much.
Also, if you notice the mulch or soils wet along side of the pond/stream, check to make sure that the mulch/soil isn't on the inside of the liner. This will cause an adverse 'wicking' effect and water loss will become evident.
Tried these steps, but my pond is STILL LEAKING!!
The 24 Hour Leak Test
Before you start digging up your pond and searching aimlessly for the source of the water loss, you’ll want to determine if the leak is in the waterfall or in the pond by following these steps to eliminate the pond from the equation:
- Make sure the pond is filled to the normal operating level.
- Unplug the waterfall pump(s)
- If you have fish, you’ll want to install a bubbler pump or sub-surface aeration during this test.
- Take note of the pond level and let the pond sit with the waterfall turned off for 24 hours
- If the water level remains the same after 24 hours, then you can assume the pond is in good shape and not leaking.
The water level in the pond is DROPPING
The water level in the pond is holding steady
We know it is not fun when your pond is losing water, but if you take the time to follow these simple pond leak repair steps, you could possibly find the problem yourself. If you live in the South East Counties of Michigan (MI) area and need the assistance of a Master Certified Aquascape Contractor, be sure to contact us at Put's Ponds & Gardens via our website contact page or give us a call at (586) 260-2841 and we will be happy to see if we can help!
Put's Ponds & Gardens Blog Posts are written by Dan Put, owner of Put's Ponds & Gardens, LLC, located in Chesterfield, MI Put's Ponds was started over 30 years ago and has been changing the lives of his customers, one pond at a time. Put’s Ponds & Gardens offers custom designed and installation of ornamental ponds and water gardens for both residential and commercial settings in the Macomb, Oakland & St. Clair Counties of Michigan (MI) Area. Dan Put, founder of Put’s Ponds & Gardens, believes that water features transform a space and enrich life by bringing nature a bit closer to those who view them. Put’s Ponds & Gardens draws on both traditional Japanese and classic English garden design to create special places of harmony and tranquility for Macomb, Oakland & St. Clair Counties of Michigan (MI) area home owners . Put’s Ponds & Gardens’ innovative designs can transform virtually any space into an intimate, naturalistic setting – not only for people, but for birds and wildlife as well. Ponds, streams, waterfalls, and much more can be created using wildlife-friendly and water-efficient principles, often at surprisingly low costs.