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nymegen
Auburn, NH
(Zone 5a)

June 3, 2009
4:15 PM

Post #6636277

I have a leak in this streambed but after inspecting the liner all around the stream edges just can not locate the area it is leaking from.The streambed has a seperate pump from the pond and if the streambed pump is turned off I do not seem to be losing water,so I am pretty sure the pond is not the problem.I checked all the rocks around the streambed and they all seem to be dry.So any ideas as to locate the leak without taking the whole stream apart?
jjconcepts
Milford, CT
(Zone 6a)

June 3, 2009
7:49 PM

Post #6637303

streams are tough because of the moving water.. I just re-laid mine, but it was a rather short run. How big is your stream, and does water stay in it when the pumps are off, or drain to the pond
nymegen
Auburn, NH
(Zone 5a)

June 4, 2009
1:46 AM

Post #6638909

Pretty short run,8 feet maybe and the water does drain towards the pond
jjconcepts
Milford, CT
(Zone 6a)

June 4, 2009
11:48 AM

Post #6640052

wow, the draining makes it tough and 8 feet is a bit long to epoxy a new liner over. sounds like you probably have internal filters, I have seen a few threads here where people with external pumps, filters and fittings have leaks, small ones i guess - but everyone is always surprised when a small external leak can drain a pond so fast. put news paper under any lines and fittings you can, you may hit a wet spot. I found my leaks (i've had 2 -I used plastic instead of a liner ) when the liner was dry. hard to spot when wet.

-joe-
nymegen
Auburn, NH
(Zone 5a)

June 4, 2009
6:25 PM

Post #6641749

Joe,what an awesome idea,newspapers! I will try this asap and I will let you know.Personally I think the leak is where streamliner and pondliner meet,thought I had rectified that problem but I still lost 2 inches of water overnight.Now I just have to find the time to do the newspapertest.Bernadette
jjconcepts
Milford, CT
(Zone 6a)

June 4, 2009
7:25 PM

Post #6641954

good luck. I had a lot of problems at seams as well..when I was first installing. I ended up using several tubes of silicone than epoxy on a layer to cover the seam..

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