Water Loss

 

 

Evaporation

Evaporation occurs when water turns into vapor and escapes from your pond. The amount of water loss will vary according to the location of your water feature and the time of year. Ponds in our area of the world can expect to see 1” to 2” of water loss per week during the spring, summer and fall. The size and number of waterfalls in your water feature will also affect the amount of water loss. Splashing and moving water has greater exposure to the sun and with that comes additional evaporation. Hence, a water feature with a 20 foot stream and five feet of cascading waterfalls may lose as much as 2 inches or more every day!

If you are experiencing a loss of water at a more rapid rate, then you may have a leak. Follow the steps listed below so we can begin to eliminate the issue!

 


Stream and Waterfall Leaks

One of the first things you can do in order to stop a leak is to carefully inspect the edges of your stream and waterfall. Most leaks occur in this area, so this is the perfect place to start. Look for wet mulch, wet gravel and for muddy areas. If you find a wet spot, all you have to do is lift the liner up and then push some soil under the liner in order to raise the edge. By doing this, the water should no longer be able to escape up and over the liner and into the surrounding ground.

 


Splashing

Another way water may be escaping from your water feature is by splashing. To fix this problem, all you have to do is adjust some of the rocks located under and around your waterfall. By redirecting and containing the water within the pond, your water loss should definitely decrease. However, if it doesn’t, there may be a bigger issue. Follow the Diagnosing Water Loss steps if you still notice a problem with water loss.

 


Diagnosing Water Loss

Sometimes leaks are a bit more stubborn and require a bit more work. If you are losing more water than what would be expected with evaporation, cannot find any wet spots surrounding your water feature, and don’t expect splashing to be an issue, these are the next steps to follow:

 

Pond

 

Step 1
1. Turn off pump.
2. Fill up pond to its optimum running level. Make sure this is done after turning the pump off.
3. Mark this water level with a marker on either a rock or skimmer. Do not use your eye.
4. Let the pond sit as is for 24 hours.
5. 24 hours later, did the water level drop? If yes, proceed to step 2A. If no, then proceed to step 2B.

 

Step 2A- You have diagnosed that the pond water level DROPS when the pond is NOT running.
1. Let pond sit for another 24 hours.
2. 24 hours later, did the water level drop? If yes, record how much the water level dropped and let pond sit for another 24 hours. If no, then contact Jackson Pond to arrange for us to come and find the leak.
3. Let pond sit for another 24 hours.
4. 24 hours later, did the water level drop? If yes, record how much the water level dropped and let pond sit for another 24 hours. If no, then call Jackson Pond for us to come out and find the leak.
Continue this process until the pond water level stops dropping. Record the exact amount of water loss each day.

 

Step 2B- You have diagnosed that the pond water level DOES NOT drop when the pond is NOT running.
1. This means that the water is leaking from the waterfall, stream or pipe.
2. Check along the stream and waterfall edges looking for low liner. If found, pull up edges.
3. Contact Jackson Pond to arrange for us to come and find the leak.

 

Pondless / Bubbling Rock / Fountain

 

Step 1
1. Turn off pump.
2. Fill up feature to its optimum running level. Make sure this is done after turning the pump off.
3. Mark this water level with a marker on either a rock or another fixed element of the feature. Do not use your eye.
4. Let the feature sit as is for 24 hours.
5. 24 hours later, did the water level drop If yes, proceed to step 2A. If no, then proceed to step 2B.

 

Step 2A- You have diagnosed that the feature water level DROPS when the feature is NOT running.
1. Let feature sit for another 24 hours.
2. 24 hours later, did the water level drop? If yes, record how much the water level dropped and let feature sit for another 24 hours. If no, then contact Jackson Pond to arrange for us to come and find the leak.
3. Let feature sit for another 24 hours.
4. 24 hours later, did the water level drop? If yes, record how much the water level dropped and let feature sit for another 24 hours. If no, then call Jackson Pond for us to come out and find the leak.
Continue this process until the feature water level stops dropping. Record the exact amount of water loss each day.

 

Step 2B- You have diagnosed that the feature water level DOES NOT drop when the feature is NOT running.
1. This means the water is leaking from splashing, runoff, or from the pipe.
2. Check along the feature edges looking for signs of moisture.
3. Contact Jackson Pond to arrange for us to come and find the leak.