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Leaking pond

Frend has build nice pond , but, its leaking somewhere. Is there a way to find out where? I was thinking of dropping of some kind of non harmfull paint to pond to see where it goes since its loosing water fast so it could be visible

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I've never used it before, but some type of inexpensive pond dye might work. It might be worth it to just drain the whole thing and reseal the bottom.


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food coloring should work.

Either way, a pond liner is preferable. Concrete will crack eventually.


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+1 for a liner. Be sure to use one designed for fish in ponds, not roofing rubber, etc.

But if you want to find a leak...

Let the water leak out until the water stops leaving. At that point, yiou can assume that the leak is right at the waterline, somewhere. Now that you have narrowed the field of possibilities, get a dropper and a cup of milk. Raise the level of the water in the pond by 1 or 2 inches, get down close to the waterline, and place a drop of milk in the water near the edge. Watch to see if it goes anywhere that it should not. If you do not see anything indicating a leak, move a few inches away from that spot and try again. This is slow work, but if you take your time, you may very well find the problem.

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+1 for a liner. Be sure to use one designed for fish in ponds, not roofing rubber, etc.

But if you want to find a leak...

Let the water leak out until the water stops leaving. At that point, yiou can assume that the leak is right at the waterline, somewhere. Now that you have narrowed the field of possibilities, get a dropper and a cup of milk. Raise the level of the water in the pond by 1 or 2 inches, get down close to the waterline, and place a drop of milk in the water near the edge. Watch to see if it goes anywhere that it should not. If you do not see anything indicating a leak, move a few inches away from that spot and try again. This is slow work, but if you take your time, you may very well find the problem.
Tnx, ill try this with friend in the spring. Liner is not an option since he already spent money on this concrete pond, so buying liner would double the cost of pond. And it would be problem to put liner into concrete pond since it has stones which can pierce liner so before that it should be prepared with damping material between liner and stones. In the end , it should be loss to cover this nicely build pond with black rubber liner
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Research a clear coat sort of paint that is OK underwater. Then you can coat all the surfaces and not have it show.

I do not know if they even make that sort of stuff. All the stuff I know of is black.

It will be very expensive. (The material my company uses on fountains is over $100 per gallon). Anything cheap will not work.

Pond dye or other really strong coloring is a good idea about how to find the leak(s)
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