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Pond Liners: What You Need to Know Before Making a Purchase

So, you’ve taken the plunge and decided to finally install that pond.

Congratulations – ponds are classic, beautiful decor items that can transform any home or office. You’ve chosen well.

Before you can build anything, though, you’re going to have to give careful consideration to pond liners.

Versatile, water-proof and completely necessary, these fitted plastic sheets help to keep the water in your pond where it needs to be: in your pond.

Join us, today, as we take a closer look at how to choose, install, repair and grade your pond liner, and how you can use technology to make your pond better.

What Are They?

Creating a pond in your garden or workplace isn’t as simple as just digging a hole and filling it with water. There’s seepage to consider, which is not only a waste of the water you’ve used but also runs the risk of damaging your surrounding garden and plant life.

What you need is a sealant solution. Something that keeps the water where it should be – in your pond.

Pond liners are a practical solution to this problem and have been around for a long time. The basic idea is that large rubber sheets are fitted into the bottom of a pond before it’s filled up with water. Rocks, soil, plant life and other coverings are filled in over the plastic, and then the water is added.

As you might expect, the liner acts as a physical barrier to keep the water in your pond. Like we said: a practical solution.

Now, we understand no two ponds are ever the same shape or size. Depending on your tastes, your pond might be anything from a huge oval to a smaller, very intricate recreation of a Tetris level.

So, doesn’t that mean each liner will need to be specially cut to size so that it fits into your pond? Luckily, not. With the help of selective pleating and folding, sheets of different sizes can be worked into shape for use at the bottom of ponds.

Regardless of the layout of your pond, there’s a liner solution out there that suits your unique needs.

A Short Note On Underlayments

Underlayments are plastic or rubber sheets, which form a barrier between your liner and rocks, roots or stones, which might puncture it.

This thick protective barrier goes between the liner and the floor of your pond. While the liner keeps water inside the pond, the underlayment works to protect it from friction and punctures.

How Long Do Liners Last?

Pond liners are typically made from a high-grade, heavy plastic that is extremely malleable.

Using very specific methods, each liner is pushed into place, filling out all the corners, crevices, and edges that make up the shape of your pond. Once they’re in, they’re covered up, and you can forget they’re even there.

Owing to each liner’s durability, these are long-term solutions that don’t require much maintenance.

Sheets are typically guaranteed against degradation from the sun. This is important, obviously, given that they’ll be outside for their entire life. They’re also designed with an emphasis on elasticity meaning you can walk on them.

This is more important than you might think. In cases where homeowners have pets in their gardens, these liners withstand the weight of their paws and punctures from their claws.

It also means you’ll be able to get into and out of your pond when doing repairs, without running the risk of springing a leak.

But the big question: how long will it last?

Most pond owners enjoy a roughly fifty-year lifespan from their liners, at the very least. With proper care, and barring any major accidents, you could enjoy a lifetime of use from your pond liners.

What Size Liner Should You Get?

As we’ve mentioned, pond liners are typically folded and pleated into shape, according to the specifications of your pond.

However, there are a few important measurements it helps to keep in mind.

You’ll need roughly six inches worth of overhang from your sheet, hanging outside the bounds of your pond.

Then you’ll need lining to fit the x, y, and z dimensions of your pond. Enough to cover the surface area of the bottom (length and breadth) and to canvas the walls of your pond (its depth).

Because underlayment doesn’t need catch water like a liner does, you won’t have to worry as much about getting the measurements right. It’s just there to protect the lining you’re using from scratches and punctures.

When using an underlayment, use separate pieces of underlayment, overlayed, to match your liner’s size. Patching up the surface area of your pond in this way gives you effective coverage, without having to worry too much about measurements.

How To Repair Your Liner

Of course, from time to time, you may discover a leak in your pond lining that needs repairing.

Underwater patch kits are widely available and make for a perfect repair tool for your pond liner. Your kit may vary, but in general, you’ll want to follow these steps:

  • Clean off the area you’ll be repairing with a clean cloth.
  • Use sandpaper to file down the area you’ll be repairing.
  • Cut your patch material roughly two inches larger than the hole.
  • Use a piece of wax paper two inches wide in diameter than that, and set the patch on that.
  • Mix and spread the epoxy glue on the liner patch side and push it onto the hole immediately.
  • Pull back the wax paper once the glue’s set.

Pond Liners: Everything You Need To Know

A pond makes a whimsical addition to any garden or park.

In order to make sure your pond doesn’t leak out into the surrounding yard, though, you’re going to need to install a liner when you build it. Whether it’s the size of liner you’ll need, how to repair a puncture, or how to use an underlayment, there’s a lot to know about pond liners. We hope you’ve learned something with us, today.

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Pond Filter System in action

Choosing the Best Pond Filters for Your Outdoor Pond

Outdoor ponds can add a natural, elegant vibe to your backyard and are a great look for most homes.

In order to keep them in the best shape, though, pond filtration is vital–especially when your pond is just installed.

Pond filters help to eliminate biological and particulate wastes from your pond, keeping your water clear and making your pond an even better sight. Luckily, there are many different types of filters that will keep your pond in an amazing shape.

Read on to find out more about the different types of filters and which ones are best for keeping your pond clean.

Submersible Filter

As the name suggests, a submersible filter is one which goes underwater and connects to a power source on the surface.

Submersible pond filters have many benefits. Because they’re based below the surface, they’re generally invisible. Submersible filters are quieter than most other types of filters and can be placed anywhere in the pond.

Submersibles aren’t perfect, though.

Due to their underwater positioning, underwater filters are a hassle to take out and clean. If you have a pump with fish, everyday cleaning will get old. Underwater filters are also only equipped to work with ponds no larger than 800 gallons.

If you feel a submersible filter is right for you, the Pond Boss FM002P is an excellent choice. It’s very energy efficient and is the perfect submersible filter for a smaller pond.

External Filter

If you have a larger pond and are looking for a more efficient pond filter, an external filter may be right for you.

Much like submersible filters, external filters can also be placed out of sight. They just need to be kept on the surface.

Most external filters also have a much larger “media capacity” which basically means that when it comes to filtration, they are much more efficient.

Those aren’t the only positives, though. Located outside of the pond, external filters are much easier to clean and maintain. They usually last longer too, meaning more bang for your buck.

With the many benefits that external filters can bring to large pond owners, you may want to invest in the OASE BioSmart 5000 Pond Filter. This is an owner favorite and can support a moderate fish load.

Solar Pond Filters

Many homeowners with ponds have taken up a new trend of having solar powered pond filters. Solar powered filters are ideal for pond owners living in areas with a lot of sunlight.

There are many benefits to having solar powered filters. For starters, solar powered filters are powered by the sun, so electricity costs will be eliminated. They’re environmentally friendly and the solar panels are typically an attractive backyard feature.

Solar powered filters are very quiet in comparison to external and submersible filters. They’re also easy to move and set up anywhere in the backyard.

Unfortunately, solar powered filters still have their drawbacks. The price of these solar filters can be very restrictive, although they save owners money in the long run. These filters are also unreliable during stormy times of the year when the sun is not at its peak.

Solar powered filters also have some issues when it comes to actually filtering. Their power supply is inconsistent and they are unable to be used for most large ponds.

If you want to take an environmentally friendly approach to your pond filters, check out this website for many solar powered options.

Other Filters

There are other less common filters your pond may need.

UV filters are pressurized filters, similar to the external filters mentioned before, that have a UV light installed. The UV light will kill most forms of algae and harmful bacteria that live in the pond and contribute to its uncleanliness.

Unfortunately, many UV filters also kill the so-called “good bacteria” that aid in cleaning the pond and keeping it healthy. If you have an algae problem, you may want to consider using a UV filter.

Vortex filters are another less-popular option on the market. Vortex filters will mainly filter out large solids from water before purifying the water with oxygen and pumping it back in.

The solids end up in a sediment area at the bottom of the filter that can easily be cleaned after usage. Keep in mind that vortex filters are usually seen as the “first line” of filtering and should be paired with other filters.

The final type of filter is the Bio-Tube filter. The Bio-tube pond filters are predominantly for koi ponds or other large ponds with a large amount of fish. These bio-tube filters even include a backwash system that allows you to never have to manually clean it!

While these pond filters are convenient, they can be very expensive. On top of that, most bio-tube filters need to be paired with a UV filter to kill harmful bacteria. Don’t forget to turn off this UV filter when adding any beneficial bacteria to your pond.

Are You in Need of a Pond Filter?

Ponds are a beautiful addition to your backyard. Caring for one can become a great hobby and an interesting part of your life.

Whether you have a small, empty pond or a large pond filled with wildlife, each pond needs its own special care.

For all your pond needs, from filters to decor, be sure to visit our website. We provide reviews of the newest pond items on the market and are looking forward to introducing our own products very soon.

Don’t hesitate to contact us for any and all of your pond care needs!