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Evaporation or leak?

Posted by Joecd none (My Page) on
Sat, Sep 21, 13 at 9:36

First I would like to thank everyone for reading and putting thought into my question. I have recently put a new pond in August. The size is 10 x 20 feet. I have a 3 foot waterfall and I used the blk rubber liner meant for ponds. I have the perimeter surrounded by large boulders. I was losing about 3/4 inch of water in a 24 hr period. I have since tourn it apart two times and found 2 small holes that were formed by me laying the boulders down on my shelf witch is 8 inches below surface level. I repaired them both and can't find anymore holes but I am still losing approximately 1/8 to 3/16 of water each day. I turned off my waterfall and I'm still losing close to the same amount each day. I'm hoping u feel its from evaporation and that I'm just being to picky. I don't want to tear it apart again if it's unnecessary. Please help me.


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RE: Evaporation or leak?

Joe,

If you live in a hot, dry area, I don't think 1/8 of an inch is unreasonable to lose.

One area where I lose water at least once a summer is when dirt sifts down into a fold and the water wicks up. I have just a small stream area with a flexible liner, so I don't have to look too far to find my problem. Also, damp dirt where it should be dry is a dead give-away.

Hopefully someone else can come up with better information.

Your pond sounds great.


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Thank you


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Windy days seem to increase evaporation.


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I lose about 4 inches a week in summer...my water and chlorine remover bills are killers!


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Now we are in November and I'm still losing approximately 3/16 of an inch of water each day. Is this still a reasonable amount? I still have the pond running at 100%. I shut down nothing so far. I can't see any visable leaks. Thank you for your help.


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I would say that is normal water loss for this time of year.


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We lose about the same amount. Various factors contribute - heat and wind being obvious - but also consider splashing from your waterfall and the plants in your pond that take up water through their roots and dissipate it into the air. Surface area plays a part in the equation as well. But to me it sounds like you you're doing fine!


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Thank all of u for helping me.


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