How to Replace a Pond Liner

Written by sidney johns
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Having a garden pond in your yard or even in your living room is a way to bring nature to your home. Watching fish swim, gather and eat can be a relaxing activity, and a learning experience for the younger members of the family. Caring for the pond is an important piece of this entertaining decoration, and replacement of the liner will be necessary at some point in its lifetime.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Tank with a cover for fish
  • Pond liner
  • Industrial vacuum

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  1. 1

    Prepare a tank for the fish from your pond. Assure that you have a cover as the fish will be restless from being removed from their home. Carefully place the fish one by one into the holding tank.

  2. 2

    Remove any decorations from the pond. You will want to wash these items before returning them to the pond.

  3. 3

    Drain the water from the pond. If you do not have a built-in drain, remove as much water as possible with a bucket or scoop, and then suction out the rest with an industrial vacuum.

  4. 4

    Move the rocks that hold the liner in place just slightly, enough to release the edges of the liner. Leave the rocks in place to make their return easier.

  5. 5

    Remove the liner and place the new liner into your pond area. Move the rocks back into place to hold. Prepare your water, and return the decorations and then your fish.

Tips and warnings

  • When your liner is removed from the pond, you can check all the piping and plumbing equipment for rust, damage or leaks. Checking these items can save you from floods or other water disasters at a later date.
  • Your fish may be in a highly agitated state when you return them to the pond. Keep checking them for several hours to assure they do not jump out of the pond.

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