Patching a Rubber Pond Liner

At some point, we all experience some sort of liner problem. We usually identify it quickly by the rapid loss of water level in the pond that accompanies it. Spring is a good time to have the problem because we are removing debris, moving plants around, adding new pots, and so on.

In our first liner failure, about three years ago, we ended up with five holes in a heavy-duty rubber (EPDM) liner. It required us to drain nearly 500 gallons of water without disturbing the plants or fish too much and then apply patches in two separate locations. All of this was due to a reed we have been growing for several years - it got tired of being in the pond and decided to leave, through the liner.

There is also a potential for problems if you ever walk around in your pond to clean debris, set pots, or other maintenance tasks. If you use a cheap liner that is susceptible to damage from the Sun, you will also have a problem, but will probably end up replacing the whole liner.

We’ve created a project page to show you how to do a patch. It’s not as intimidating as it might appear, just time consuming and requires a bit of caution. Check it out here:

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