The Benefits of an EPDM Pond Liner

When searching for the right type of liner for a new home pond, it is important to do your research. From flexible liners to concrete and other preformed materials, the wide range of options can be intimidating. One option that allows both flexibility and high quality is an EPDM pond liner.

EPDM Pond LinerThe Flexibility You Want

EPDM stands for Ethylene Propylene Diene Monomer. EPDM pond liners fall under the classification of flexible pond liners, meaning they can be manipulated into nearly any size and shape. Often, one sheet of EPDM rubber material will be big enough to meet your needs. However, if you are creating a larger pond, you will be able to tape multiple sheets together to achieve your desired results. This means you will not need to be a professional pond installer with a wealth of equipment to utilize an EPDM product. It is important to note though that you will need a specialized butyl tape to waterproof the seams of your material.

The High Quality You Need

Some flexible pond liners will not stand up to the test of time. If you choose a liner made from low-grade plastic or vinyl, expect it to develop cuts and tears. PVC liners, similar to those found in aboveground swimming pools, often puncture easily. On the other hand, an EPDM rubber liner is much sturdier.

While EPDM liners were originally developed to make flat roofs water-resistant, they have become the most commonly used type of pond liner in the US. Because of their roof-based origin, some people are skeptical about the possible chemicals and compositions of EPDM liners. You should note that EPDM refers to a wide range of rubber supplies intended for many different uses. Rest assured, an EPDM pond liner labeled as fish-safe will be safe to use in your home pond.

There is no indestructible pond liner, and you must be careful to remove sharp stones, roots and other objects from the area in which you install your pond. However, EPDM pond liners are much more resistant to punctures than lower quality liners.

It is true an EPDM pond liner will cost more than a vinyl or PVC product, but it is a good investment. Because they are made from high quality materials, you are not likely to replace an EPDM liner often. In fact, many manufacturers put their money where their mouth is and offer warranties of up to twenty years.

EPDM liners are able to withstand the elements of colder climates as well. But you must be careful not to expose them to too much direct sun, which can weaken the strength of the liner over time. Any area under the water’s surface will be fine, but UV hits that hit the bare liner can cause damaged over a long enough timeline. Then again EPDM pond liners will still last longer in direct sunlight than their cheaper counterparts.

With the benefits of superior quality and flexibility, it is no shock that many people that install ponds in their yard or garden prefer EPDM pond liners.

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Pond Liner Repair Made Easy

You have a water feature to enjoy the ambiance it creates. However, these ponds require attention and maintenance to keep them enjoyable year after year. It is a fact that pond liners can puncture and cause leaks. If your backyard pond liner has a leak, chances are you can repair it quickly with the following easy steps.

  1. You should note that shouldnot need to fully neither replace the liner, nor call a pond liner repair specialist. Leaks are common and pond liner repairs are often simple to make.
  2. Find the leak. With a small home pond, it should be a relatively simple process. Look for puncture wounds or cuts in the liner. There could also be damp spots in what is an otherwise dry area.
  3. Give yourself room to work. If a leak has been exposed on the sidewall of the pond, the water level likely will stop just below the opening. Remove at least six inches of water around the leak to provide enough space to address the situation without allowing water to seep in and potentially cause more damage.You may want to fully drain the leak if there is a leak in the bottom of the pond.
  4. Remove any fish or aquatic animals from the pond and place them elsewhere for safekeeping.
  5. Properly clean the pond liner around the leak. In most cases, you will not have to purchase any special cleaners. Typical dish soap or household vinegar and water from the tap will do just fine. Salt or sand can be added to the mixture to create additional texture, which is useful later in the process.You will again want to give yourself a wide area in which to work. Ten to twelve inches around the torn area should be plenty.
  6. You may consider purchasing a pond liner repair kit online or at your local hardware store. The type of pond liner you have will determine the kit you need. For example, EPDM rubber liners will require a special adhesive and cleaning process than a PVC or vinyl liner for your pond liner repair.
  7. Vinyl pond liners repairs typically involve patching. You can apply an additional piece of vinyl material over the affected area. You likely will have some left over from your initial installation. Make sure to clean the area of any debris and allow it to dry before patching. You will want to make sure the piece you plan to use as a patch is also clean. This will ensure the adhesive will allow the patch to stick properly.
  8. Use a wire brusho add texture to the area and allow the patch to adhere properly. Once applied, use a roller to make sure to smooth the patched area and make sure there are no wrinkles or bubbles.
  9. You may now refill thewater and put your fish back in the pond.Check back to ensure that all leaks have been addressed.

It is frustrating when the pond you built springs a leak. Then again pond liner repair is a simple process and you should be enjoying your pond again in no time.

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Pond Maintenance: Water Filtration And Circulation

When it comes to pond maintenance, choosing the right filter, pump, and liner is absolutely essential in order to maintain healthy water. Not only does the right filter and pump system help to keep water clean but it also ensures proper water movement and circulation and prevents stagnation, which can lead to bacterial growth and cloudy water. Similarly, choosing the right liner, specifically an EPDM liner, helps to prevent leaks and maintain overall pond health.

Choosing A Water Pump

A water pump can be highly beneficial to a pond and is an integral part of pond maintenance, ensuring an oxygen rich environment and helping to facilitate water circulation. If you plan on using a water pump, keep in mind that the general rule of thumb is that pond water should be entirely circulated at least once every two hours. So, if you have a 200-gallon pond, you need a pump capable of generating a minimum flow of 100 gallons per an hour. If you have a 1000-gallon pond you will need a pump capable of generating a minimum flow of 500 gallons for an hour. Ultimately, the larger the pond the larger the pump required. And for optimal pond health, it is generally a good idea to buy a larger pump than is required.

Choosing A Filtration System

Like a pump, a filtration system is an important part of proper pond maintenance. There are essentially three types of pond filtration systems: biological filtration, mechanical filtration, and chemical filtration. In a mechanical filtration system, water is pushed through some kind of mechanical apparatus that collects dirt and debris in order to maintain clear, clean water.

A biological filtration system relies on beneficial bacteria to breakdown harmful toxins. A biological filtration system can be especially beneficial in pond maintenance of a pond where there are fish, helping to breakdown waste generated by the fish, such as ammonia. In contrast, chemical filtration systems rely on chemical additives to control the quality of the pond water. However, if you plan on relying on chemical filtration system for your pond maintenance, be wary, especially if you plan on keeping fish. Before adding any kind of chemical to your pond water it is important to make sure that it is fish friendly. Many chemicals, such as chlorine, can seriously harm and even kill fish.

Choosing A Liner

Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, you need to choose the right pond liner. Choosing the right liner helps to prevent leaks, which can have catastrophic implications on your pond’s health. Ideally, you will want to choose an EPDM pond liner, such as the PondPro liner. Impervious to UV-rays, 100% waterproof, and resistant to extreme temperature fluctuations EPDM is incredibly durable and has an incredibly long lifespan.

Furthermore, an EPDM PondPro liner will help to maintain the water quality of your pond. An EPDM PondPro liner will not crack, flake, or peel in anyway and will therefore not contaminate your water. In addition, EPDM is an inert substance and does not give off any kind of toxic material. Therefore, it is perfectly safe for plants and animals, making it an ideal liner.

Understanding and Repairing Pond Leaks

A pond can make a beautiful addition to any backyard. Backyard ponds can be an excellent way to display aquatic flora and fishes and also add a serene, peaceful touch to your yard. However, backyards ponds do require regular upkeep in order to maintain healthy water levels and prevent any damage. In particular, it is important to note that backyard ponds can be quite susceptible to leaks. Therefore, it is important to understand what causes leaks in ponds as well as how to prevent them.

How Can You Prevent A Pond Leak?

One of the most common causes of pond leaks is inadequate construction of the pond bottom. Therefore, the most effective way to prevent any kind of pond leaks is to ensure that the pond is properly constructed in the first place. When it comes to proper construction, choosing the right location is key. In order to prevent a pond leak, you want to make sure that you choose an appropriate location for your pond. Ideally, you will want to place the pond in a level area that receives sunlight for at least half of the day.

When choosing a site for your pond, be cognizant of any trees in the vicinity. Keep in mind that tree roots and muskrat holes can also cause the gradual development of a pond leak. Therefore, it is best to construct your pond in an open, unobstructed area. It can be a good idea to remove any trees within close proximity to the pond.

Rips And Tears In Pond Liners

If you have a pond with a liner, any kind of rip or tear in the liner can also cause a leak. Proper maintenance and regular care is crucial to keep the liner healthy and prevent any kind of corrosion, which can cause decay and subsequently tears. Always make sure your pond water is clean, clear, and well filtered as this helps to prevent bacterial build-up that can damage liners.

In the case of a pond leak, if you suspect a tear in the pond liner might be the culprit, you first need to find the leak. Inspect the area surrounding the pond. If you notice any damp patches or the growth of water-loving plants, such as cattails, this can be a good clue to the location of the pond leak. Also pay attention to where water loss tappers (if it does), as water loss tends to stop right below the rip or tear. Once you have located the rip in the liner, you can go about repairing it.

If you are suffering from repeated or recurring leaks it can be a good idea to add another pond liner. The most effective pond liners tend to be made from EPDM, such as a PondPro liner. These liners are incredibly durable and are 100% waterproof immediately upon application. Furthermore they have an incredibly long lifespan— you won’t need to worry about recoating your pond every year. In fact, one coat of EPDM can last up to fifty years and PondPro is guaranteed with an unconditional five-year warranty.

How To Apply EPDM Pond Liner

If you are looking for an affordable, easy, and highly effective solution to annoying pond leaks, a Pond Pro 2000 EPDM pond liner is the answer. EPDM is a form of liquid rubber. Waterproof, UV resistant, and designed to withstand extreme temperature fluctuations, PondPro EPDM pond liners are renowned for their durability. And not only are EPDM pond liners incredibly durable, they also incredibly easy to apply.

Surface Preparation:

When preparing to apply an EPDM pond liner, the first step is surface preparation. You will need to wash your current pond liner in order to remove any build-up of mold, algae, or dirt. Keep in mind that for any deep pond, pool, or fountain constructed from porous material, such as concrete or wood, you must first prime the surface with ProFlex primer to ensure the adhesion of the EPDM pond line.

Mixing And Application:

Once you have prepped the surface and ensured that is totally dry, you are ready to begin the application process. You will need to prepare the mixture by stirring it until a vortex is formed, at which point you will pour the catalyst into the vortex. You will then need to stir the mixture until it is uniform.

Once the product is mixed, you are ready to begin the application. Ideally, you will want to pour a bit of the mixture onto the surface to be coated and disperse it evenly with either a brush or roller. Try to apply the mixture evenly but do remember that the product will self-level, so there is no need to stress about it. In addition, keep in mind that you only need one coat of the PondPro EPDM pond liner. In fact, one coat is actually preferable to multiple coats.

The Curing Process:

The last step is the curing process, in which the EPDM pond liner essentially hardens. The length of the curing process is contingent upon a number of different factors. Of course, the first variable is temperature; curing takes place between 55°F and 80°F. You can certainly apply the product if the temperature is below this, however the product will not cure until the temperature is over 55°F Many people fear that solar exposure will damage the curing process. However, sunlight actually works to accelerate the curing process, drying the EPDM pond liner faster. Overall, a full cure will typically take between around seven days.