Adding a water feature to your Oklahoma garden is one of the most effective ways to revamp it. In addition to increasing the curb appeal of your property, a water feature will help create a relaxing and calming environment.
Outdoor water features take a lot of punishment on a daily basis and are exposed to the outer elements. Wear and tear and extreme weather conditions could damage your water feature. Procrastinating water feature repairs could prove a costly mistake, as things may get from bad to worse, and you may need to replace your water feature.
Here are some common issues that could arise with water features.
Leaks in a water feature are usually caused by a hole or tear in the pond liner. If you see a hole in your liner, you must either repair or replace it (if the damage is irreversible). But first, you need to be sure that there is a leak. If your water levels have decreased, do not automatically assume that there is a leak in your water feature. Sometimes, evaporation can cause water levels to decline.
It may be difficult to tell whether your water feature has a leak or the water level has declined due to evaporation, especially in warmer months when the water level in your water feature can go down by 1-2 inches per week due to evaporation.
Fill up your pond. Measure water level after 24 hours. If your pond loses two inches or more of water overnight, it means there is a leak in your water feature. Once you are sure there is a leak, reach out to a water feature repair expert near you for help.
Low Pond Edges
Low pond edges are one of the most common causes of leaks. Over time, pond edges start to settle. Lower edges resulting from settling allow water to leak.
Check your waterfall or stream regularly. Wet mulch, small puddles, or muddy areas could mean that water is escaping. To fix a low edge, lift up the liner at the spot and pile some soil under it.
If your pond water is turning brown, you notice a weird odor, or your fish seem sick; it implies that your pond filter could be clogged with debris and mechanical media. To prevent this problem, periodically clean your filter. If your pond filter becomes clogged frequently, you might need a larger filter.
Continental Ponds is the go-to team for water feature repair, installation, maintenance and replacement. We live to transform ordinary backyards in oases. To consult with one our water feature experts, call 405-834-2291.
Tim Trammell has been building, designing, servicing and maintaining pond in the Oklahoma City Metro area for over 20 years. His company Continental Ponds, is Oklahoma's first Master Certified Aquascape Contractor and is an national award winning pond and water feature builder.