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Water Feature  Water Loss Tips


The issue of evaporation and water loss in your water feature should be addressed on the homeowners own to determine the issue. You will need to determine what is normal for your water feature.

There are many factors that affect the evaporation rate:

  • One is the amount of splash from your waterfall. With a higher and wider waterfall, there is more water exposure to heat and wind. On windy days you may experience 1” – 4” of water loss from the wind. Normal rate of splash should stay in your system. If you think water is splashing out the best way to determine is to place cardboard on the outer edge to pinpoint where the splash is going. By shifting a rock or rocks you may be able to change the direction and amount of splash.

  • As Aquatic Plants mature you may notice your water level dropping even quicker than before. Aquatic plants absorb and get most of their nutrients from the water. 

  • Overfilling is a fast way to lose water quickly. In this case, the only way to establish “more” water would be to rebuild your pond’s edges higher to raise the new water level.

  • Dry, hot, arid summer atmosphere absorbs water into the air from your pond.

  • Last is a leak. First step to finding a leak is to turn off your waterfall and establish the water level of the pond. Observe this for 24-48 hours. Commonly, with the waterfall off, your pond’s water level will remain close to the same. Turn your waterfall back on. If the water level drops the same amount, you originally noticed within a day or two, you will know that the leak is located in the waterfall or stream area. Turn the waterfall off again. Look for wet areas on the side of the waterfalls and stream. If there are none found start on a side of the stream, work up to waterfall and down the other side of the waterfall and stream.

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