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A Step-by-Step Guide on How to Use Repair Kits for Preformed Molded Ponds

A Step-by-Step Guide on How to Use Repair Kits for Preformed Molded Ponds A Step-by-Step Guide on How to Use Repair Kits for Preformed Molded Ponds

A Step-by-Step Guide on How to Use Repair Kits for Preformed Molded PondsSpecifically, preformed molded ponds utilize butyl rubber liners or plastic liners to establish the shape of the pond. This kind of garden pond may be installed in the ground or as a raised concrete pond depending on the design.

Over time, cracks or other damage to the pond liner can cause a sudden decrease in the level of the pond water as well as erode the soil around the leak. Don’t worry, you can purchase a pond repair kit for your leaking pond liner. The following are steps to fix preformed pond problems using a repair patch.

Repairing Leaky Pond Liner Leaks

Before repairing a pond liner, the first thing you should do is be sure it’s the liner leaking and not something else. When you have identified the cause of the leak, the next step is to determine how you will fix it.

You can fix small breaks in a pond liner yourself, but if the hole is large or there is considerable damage to the liner, letting professionals replace it with a new liner is better.

Guide on How to Use Pond Liner Repair Kits

It is important to know the pond liner material first before performing pond liner repair. A rubber liner kit is different from a plastic liner kit. When you discover what you have between these two liners, you will know what type of kit to use.

If you’re confident that you have a damaged pond liner and that you know what material it is made of, you can follow the steps below to fix your pond leak using a pond liner patch:

  1. When you empty your pond, fill the holding tank, buckets, or other containers with pond water and remove the pond’s fish, plants, and rocks. This way, they won’t be affected by the falling water level when you drain the pond.
  2. Pump the water out and let the liner surface dry. Having the water leak out of the damaged liner is one way to empty the pond, but this will significantly take longer and may lead to further soil erosion or damage at the leak site.
  3. After locating the leak, you may mark the leak’s location in the liner with a grease pencil or other marking tool. Leaks in preformed liners are often noticeable cracks or tears, but they are hard to locate in some cases. Search for wet spots around the area to find where the leak is.
  4. To clean the liner, remove dirt, algae, and other potential contaminants from the damaged area by scrubbing it with soap and water or with a solvent cleaner designed for plastic or rubber pond liners. A clean surface is necessary to patch a leaking pond since it helps ensure a better seal when you apply the patch.
  5. Cover the leak with the patch, but be sure to avoid air bubbles or wrinkles in it that could further allow water to leak and let the adhesive set fully. Depending on the bond, this could take up to a few hours or even a day.
  6. When the patch is dry, refill the pond with water. Put any fish, plant, or rocks you removed earlier back in the pond, pouring the water they were kept into the new pond to help the fish adjust. Check the water level from time to time to see if pond leaks are still there.

Need Help With Your Leaking Pond Liners?

Our team of pond experts at OC Pond Fountain Service will help you with any pond liner leaks and garden repairs. We can even recommend a high-quality pond liner for a long-lasting garden pond!

To learn more about our services, you may contact us at 949-653-2305 at OC Pond Fountain Service today!