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How to Find a Philadelphia Pond Leak

Philadelphia Pond Leak
Philadelphia Pond Leak

While some water loss in a water garden is normal due to evaporation and sometimes splash out, significant loss can be a problem and is often due to a Philadelphia Pond Leak. The first, and usually most difficult, step in fixing a leak in a pond is to actually find the leak. Follow these steps to make the job of finding a pond leak little more efficient.

Step A in Finding a Philadelphia Pond Leak
Turn off the pump. If the water level continues to drop skip to Step C to continue the search for your pond leak. If the water level stays the same see Step B.

Step B in Finding a Philadelphia Pond Leak
You have now determined that the leak is not in the main basin pond. Now you need to narrow it down a bit further. The pond leak is either in the plumbing or in the waterfall / stream. Closely inspect your plumbing, particularly at any joints, make sure there is no leakage here. Next, inspect your waterfall and stream for leaks.

Most of the time, the problem is caused by plant matter or other obstructions raising the water level behind the weir and causing an overflow over the liner. Perhaps a stone has settled, or your pond liner has slipped below water level in an area. If it hasn’t rained in a few days, check around the perimeter for a wet spot. If you find one, you have a good idea of where to look closer for the source of the leak. If you still have not found the problem, use the ideas in Step C in the stream bed.

Step C in Finding a Philadelphia Pond Leak
At this point, you have determined that the leak is in the pond itself. Leave the pump off and allow the pond to continue to leak until it stops. If it does not stop before reaching a level dangerous to fish and plants, you will need to temporarily remove them from the pond. While the water level is dropping check around the edges to make sure that the pond liner has not sunken down or rocks have not been displaced.

When the water reaches the point where it is no longer dropping it will be necessary to closely inspect the liner all along this water level to find the source of your pond’s leak. You should be looking for any irregularity in the pond liner from a large gash or a tiny pinprick. For fast leaks you can try putting some milk in a squirt bottle and spraying into the water at the edges of the pond. The milk will cloud the water where there is no hole. It will flow toward the hole, if there is one. This method will not work for slow leaks.

Once you have found the source of your pond leak it is time to make repairs. If it was just a displaced liner, move everything back into place. If a hole was found in the pond liner, you can try to patch it yourself or reach out to AquaReale to get a new liner put in.  We often find when there is one liner hole, there are many more.

 

 

What do Philadelphia pond fish do in the Winter?

Philadelphia pond fish
Philadelphia pond fish

What do Philadelphia pond fish do in the Winter?  It’s the question we get asked the most, so here are some answers:

The warm weather is obviously the best time to be able to enjoy Philadelphia pond fish. During this time, pond fish and koi are active, lively, and highly visible. Many pond fish and koi become downright interactive with their keepers and will follow them around the pond, stick their faces out of the water or practically climb out of the pond to celebrate feeding time.

During this time, we all know exactly what is going on with our fish and all it takes is a quick peek into the pond.

Then the cold weather sets in and we slowly lose our ability to see what’s happening with our pond fish. Their activity slows down, they tend to keep themselves concealed, and once the ice and snow come; well, we lose touch with our fish. So what’s going on underneath those layers of ice and snow? What do pond fish do in the winter?

Well, What do Philadelphia pond fish do in the Winter?

In short, not too much. But pond fish not being up to too much is an interesting behavior all the same, given that they are so lively throughout the rest of the year. Koi and pond fish are poikilothermic animals, a fancy way of saying cold-blooded.

This basically means that their body temperature is regulated by the surrounding temperature of the water, and their body functions respond and change according to the water temperature. The activity and metabolism of koi and pond fish is greatly reduced which is why they do not feed during the cold periods.

What do Philadelphia pond fish do in the Winter? : Fish Hibernation

Koi and other pond fish go into a state of torpor.  https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/torpor.   Torpor is not quite full hibernation, because it is of a shorter duration than hibernation, but otherwise it is a very similar state of being: reduced body temperature, slowed metabolism, slow reaction times, reduced breathing rate and primary body functions.

Torpor allows the animal to save the energy that would otherwise be needed for higher levels of activity. Because of the state of being in torpor it is a very good idea to keep things as calm as possible around the pond. If you need to open the ice in the pond find a quiet way to do it like using boiling water to open a hole, don’t chop it open with a pick ax!

Even using a hand-held drill with a hole saw is actually pretty quiet compared to other methods, and if the ice is too thick to open with boiling water the hole saw is a great tool to have. To maintain an open area in the ice try using a floating de-icer or an aerator. This open area in the ice will allow noxious gases, like ammonia, to escape from the pond.

Contact us for more information or to get a de-icer for your pond.

 

Philadelphia Pond Maintenance

Philadelphia Pond Maintenance
Philadelphia Pond Maintenance

Philadelphia Pond Maintenance

As we approach the dog days of summer, there are five things that you need to remember about Philadelphia Pond Maintenance to  keep a balanced ecosystem pond along with happy fish! Take a moment to refresh your memory with these important tips:

Philadelphia Pond Maintenance: Add oxygen to your pond

Place an aerator or in your pond. or you can also install a fountain with a pump if your pond doesn’t have a waterfall or stream built in. The more water is moving around, the less algae will occur.  Oxygen is very important in the summer months.

Philadelphia Pond Maintenance: Fish feeding

If you feed your fish, feed them in the morning and be careful not to overfeed. Uneaten food decays faster in warmer water and can pollute the pond. Also, feed your fish only as much as they eat in three minutes. That’s as much as they need.

Philadelphia Pond Maintenance: Decaying leaves

Be sure to remove dying leaves and flowers before they have a chance to decay in the warmer water. This will help prevent pump clogging and additional algae growth.

Philadelphia Pond Maintenance: Aquatic plants

Aquatic plants such as waterlilies help provide fish with shade from the heat of summer sun, cooling the water and making algae control easier too.

Philadelphia Pond Maintenance: Is there really a leak?

Often, people do not realize how much water can evaporate from a pond during the dog days of summer.

The Eastern states typically lose 1 to 1.5″ of water each week..

Remember, these are averages. Some ponds may not experience evaporation levels this high. Other ponds with large pumps pushing high volumes of water, or ponds designed with multiple waterfalls and a lot of cascades and splashing may have evaporation rates much greater than these.

AquaReale offers summer checkups and services.  Contact us for more information about how we can help you with your summer pond maintenance.

Main Line Water Features: Tranquility at Home

Main Line Water Features

Bring Tranquility to Your Outdoor Living Space  

Main Line Water Features
Main Line Water Features

AquaReale has installed many Water Features, including the above photo at the Inn at Villanova University.  From large urns to small rocks and basalt columns, we have Main Line Water Features to fit into any landscape and budget.  Water Features and Fountains bring tranquility to any space.

Main Line Water Features: Garden Fountains and Urns

Main Line Water Features
Main Line Water Features

We sell beautiful, elegant stacked late urns in three sizes

Small Urn—25” diameter by 32” high– $3000

Medium Urn –27” diameter by 45” high– $3750

Large Urn– 38” diameter by 56.5 ” high– $4500

 

Main Line Water Features: Basalt Columns

Main Line Water Features
Main Line Water Features

Water adds life and movement to any outdoor area.  From a  front yard wow factor toa small bubbler or basalt column,  there is space for water in every home.

Front yard water features can include anything from large, elegant fountains to greet people at your home entrance to beautiful bubbling rocks greeting you and your guests as you enter and enter your home.

There here is something for everyone.  From single columns to a spectacular groupings. , we install Basalt Columns throughout the Main Line.  Prices start at just $3000

 

Main Line Water Features: Custom Water Features        

Main Line Water Features
Main Line Water Features

AquaReale has worked with a lot of different water features throughout the years, including bubbling rocks, Buddhas and rainwater harvest systems with pondless waterfalls.  Contact us or call 215.880.6811 to see what we can do you help bring tranquility to your outdoor living spaces.

Main Line Water Features
Main Line Water Features

Villanova large pond repair, part two

How to handle a Villanova large pond repair? Join part two of Tom’s explanation of the work we are doing in Montgomery County, at the Inn at Villanova.  Tom rows through the large pond at Villanova and talks about the pond depth and next steps. as well how to handle Villanova large pond repairs  in general.  If you did not get to see Tom before he goes into the water,  here’s part one

Tom explains that a Villanova large pond repair is a unique fix, taking into account size and condition of the large pond.  He needed to know the exact depth of the large pond before he could determine which large pond repair solutions are needed. He knows we will need monthly treatments, but we also need an aerator to help move water to help handle our repair.

AquaReale handles large pond repairs in the greater Philadelphia area, including Bucks County, Chester County, Delaware County and Montgomery County.

 

Here are the fountains we created for another part of the Inn of Villanova.

Villanova large pond repair
Villanova large pond repair