(Replaced Pond Liner & Waterfall)
Do you Need Your Waterfall Repaired? This is a quick intro to diagnose your pond liner
Well, your Koi pond liner has been in there for more than a decade and is starting to show its age now. You may also have a few patches that you put on it. Some of them may have worked well while the others may not have served their purpose. Hence, it is high time that you think of replacing the pond liner. But how are you going to do it without breaking your neck in the process? Without the right kind of planning, you may find yourself in a great mess. Certainly you may have better things to do with your time. So, let’s take a closer look at how we are going to do this.
What to do with the Fish when you rebuild your Koi Pond?
How many fish are there in your pond? Where are you going to keep the fish until you replace the pond liner? Most likely, it may take more than a day to complete the process and you should consider hiring a company who can handle such a large task. You might expect the items to arrive on time, but they may delay, who knows! If this happens, you may need to store the Koi a lot longer than you expected. This may affect their health. Hence, you need to be on your toes – if you don’t have proper storage, consider calling a local waterfall repair service vs risking the lives of your fish or turtles.
If you do have a fish storage tank, here are a few reminders
Number one, although storing the Koi can be a bit tricky, they should survive the temporary time they are in the holding tank as long as you follow the simple rules. Aerate the water to supply the Koi with air and filter the water. These are essential steps in this regard. Just because the Koi are in a holding tank, it doesn’t mean they do not require air and filtration. A portion of the water needs to be changed regularly to assist in the filtration process. A few days without food will not harm the fish. Hence, cut down on feeding them.
This will prevent the extra waste in a smaller environment which will only serve to overwork the filtration system. If the tank is shallow, make sure to place a net over it. It will prevent the fish from jumping out as well as keep away the predators in search of a free meal.
(Inspecting your Pond Liner for Cracks/ Breaks)
Secondly, make sure you take pictures of the pond before disassembling anything in it. There are a lot of plants and rocks around the pond that gave it a natural look. The last thing you want is to try to remember how your pond looked before. Most of the time, we take something apart and assemble it again, only to find a handful of extra parts left with you. Such a situation is no fun at all.
Inpsection your Pond Liner when you Remove Material
Third, this is the time to check for any plumbing issues you might have. Remember the time you first assembled the pond? You did everything right, filled the pond with water and put the fish in the pond. Finally, you saw that one darned pipe! Yes, that pipe that should have been there instead of being here. Now is the time to put it right. Inspect all the plumbing for any sort of wear and tear. In fact, freeze/thaw cycles can play havoc with plastic pipes. Check all the visible joints for any repairs.
Consider Replacing Underlayment if you Replace the Liner Entirely
Number four, make sure you check the underlayment. You may not only require a new liner but find the underlayment deteriorated as well. Since you are replacing the pond liner, why not replace the underlayment too? Do not use old carpets as underlayment. It is quite messy and unprofessional in one way, and it is not the right product for the pond.
When in Doubt – Consider Replacing Entirely
Finally, number five, do not shortcut any process. In fact, the rock that holds the outer edge of the liner in place needs to be removed so that the new liner could be installed properly. Although this type of task is not done that often, we recommend any liner over 10+ years to be restored/ replaced completely. You can lay a new liner ontop of the old if needed, just make sure to order the appropriate amount. If you cheat yourself by skipping these important steps, you may have to soon get back to the yard fixing what should have been done correctly in the first place. Take pride in your work since it will be something that you enjoy day after day. Performing the task right the first time around will help you relax in that lawn chair for longer, instead of toting a shovel later.
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