Three Helpful Tips for Maintaining Your Pond Liners

Three Helpful Tips for Maintaining Your Pond Liners

There are various types of pond liners on the market today. From the rigid firm liners (concrete ponds) to the flexible liners. The costs of setting up this liner are reasonable, and all kinds of pond liners can comfortably fit into any garden you want to set up. However, you need to take adequate care of them to ensure they are adequately maintained. Poor maintenance always leads to more costs that can grow over the initial price of setting up the pond.

Fixing Bad Concrete Ponds

Fixing bad pond liners can be difficult, especially for concrete ponds. During the winter, the cold climate makes the ground to heave, causing so many damages to concrete ponds. If you have a concrete fish pond, you can use a neoprene-based product for coating the brick, sandcrete blocks and cracks on your pond. A heavy-duty neoprene membrane will always give you a long-lasting repair against cracks on concrete ponds.

Three Helpful Tips for Maintaining Your Pond Liners

Patching Flexible Pond Liners

Always ensure to purchase materials that are flexible and will not frequently be damaged by environmental factors when going for detachable ponds. Make sure the product you get is produced in sheet form with factory-fixed seams. Also, go for U.V protected materials that can resist the effect of sunlight. When choosing the color, always go for black color. They have more reflective properties. Black elements last longer under the sun and other harsh environmental conditions.

However, you will still be faced with small repairs even when you get the most durable materials. You can patch up small holes and tears using a single-sided 6” tape.

Ensure you thoroughly wipe the affected area clean using naphtha, an abrasive pad or Coleman fuel. Clean off with a paper towel. Gently remove the paper cover and apply the tape smoothly. Make sure to roll gently to apply equal pressure. After this, you can use sealants at the edge for a final touch. Make sure you allow the tape to dry correctly for a few hours before it touches the water.

When you want to join two liners, you should first clean the liner areas with either naphtha or Coleman fuel or an abrasive pad. After that, you wipe clean using a paper towel. Get a 3” double-sided tape and apply at the top edge of one of the liners. Gently place the bottom edge of the second liner at the top of the tape. Now apply the tape over the area of the splice that is exposed using 3” on both sides. Allow drying after applying a sealant to finish off.

When applying patches to repair liners, clean the liner with water and allow to dry before applying the patch, for best results when using polythene liners. When applying patches for EPDM, ensure to clean liner with a rubber pad (or any other suitable solvent or gasoline) and clean water; allow it to dry before applying the patch. See these:

Pond Skimmers

You should also remember to get a pond skimmer for your pond. This way you will always keep leaves and debris away from your ponds.

Use these tips and always have a functional pond.

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My name is Terri and I live in an urban area in central Georgia, USA. I'm a mom to three kids, a dog, 2 cats, 2 parakeets, 2 lovebirds, and other small aquatic pets. My hobbies include photography, reading, binge-watching movies, crocheting, D.I.Y. projects of every kind, gardening, hiking, glamping, and camping. I love to travel and go sightseeing. My coffee pot is my lifeline.

18 thoughts on “Three Helpful Tips for Maintaining Your Pond Liners

  1. We used to have a pond and it was so much work! We finally pulled it out for a pondless waterfall and we love that!

  2. Sounds like maintaining a pond at home isn’t that difficult so long as you have the basic knowledge. This is really informative and now we’re thinking about having one in the garden.

  3. If I had a bigger backyard, I would love to have a Koi pond and a zen garden. It will be my own little place of retreat and relaxation. Thanks for the tips for choosing the right pond liners. I will keep this in mind for reference, maybe we can find a way to make a small pond in the backyard.

  4. Oh I wish I could have a pond in my backyard! They really elevate landscaping and a garden. One of the reasons we don’t want one is because of the maintenance.

  5. I would love to have a pretty pond like that in my backyard… It’s so relaxing. A friend of mine has one with koi and newts and it’s SO pretty.

  6. It would be nice to have a pond like this in your garden. I would never know how to maintain them if I haven’t read this post of yours. It’s really lovely!

  7. I’ve never had a pond before and I’ve never thought about having one in our garden. I think it’s a lovely addition and I learned so much on maintaining it because of this post! Thanks!

  8. I have always admired these small ponds and would have loved to have one at onetime. Hubby was never on board. Said they took to much up keep. Plus we live on sand that blows, I just have to enjoy them from other people.

  9. I love small ponds like this! We don’t have one but someday I’d love to add one to my landscaping in the backyard. I never knew anything about maintaining the liner, so this is some great info for me.

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