A pond can add a touch of the exotic to any backyard or landscape. It can also provide a spot for wandering critters to stop and have a drink (or try to eat your fish). Animal claws can lead to rips in your pond liner, causing leaks and falling pond levels. Leaks can also be caused by roots growing underground and shifting rocks under the liner. Fortunately, there are a number of pond liner repair kits available. Because these kits come in different shapes and sizes for different leaks, their instructions vary, but there are some general guidelines, depending on the type of kit you use.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
Things you need
- Pond liner repair kit
- Container for plants and fish (if needed)
Clean the immediate area around the leak, making sure to clear away any algae or plants growing on the walls of the pond around the area to be patched.
Spread the adhesive on the back of the patch.
Hold the patch over the leak and press firmly. Keep firm pressure on the patch for the length of time specified by the manufacturer.
Smaller Leaks, Above Water Level
Drain the pond so that the leak is exposed. If the leak is near the top of the pond, you can leave the plants and fish in your pond where they are. If it is closer to the bottom, you have to relocate them to a tank or small child's pool filled with water from your pond while you drain all the water. This is also a good time to perform a general cleaning.
Allow the area around the leak to dry.
Clean the area to be repaired. Some kits come with a scrubbing pad that roughens up the surface of the liner to allow the adhesive to grip better. They might also include an alcohol solution to be used for cleaning.
Measure the leak and cut the patch. Cut the patch at least 1 inch larger on each side than the leak.
Apply the cement included in the kit to the back of the patch.
Allow the glue to "prime" or become sticky. The manufacturer specifies the waiting time.
Apply the patch to the hole in the liner.
Allow the patch to dry. Usually this is about 12 hours, but some kits may dry slower or quicker than others, or may not need to be dried at all. Follow manufacturer instructions.
Refill the pond, add back your plants and fish if necessary.
Tips and warnings
- Always use the glue and adhesives in a well-ventilated area.
- Wear disposable gloves to protect your hands from the adhesive.
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