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LCM BLOG: Maintenance

A Guide to Leak Dection and Repair for Water Features

Leak detection in water features is a critical aspect of maintaining the integrity and functionality of ponds, waterfalls, and streams. At LCM Waterfalls & Ponds, we understand the importance of addressing water loss issues promptly to prevent further damage and ensure the longevity of your water feature. Here, we combine our expertise to provide you with an in-depth guide leak to detection and repair for water features, which includes diagnosing problems and handling repairs or replacements with care while considering your investment.

Diagnosing Possible Leaks

When encountering potential leaks or repairs in your water feature, a thorough examination is essential. Our approach involves the following steps:

    1. Isolation of the Problem Area: We begin by isolating the problem, whether it resides in the pond/basin or the waterfall/stream. From our experience, we've found that approximately 85% of leaks occur within the waterfall or stream due to settling, liner movement, or debris accumulation, such as leaves, dirt, sediment, and ice.

    2. Onsite Consultations: Our team conducts full onsite consultations to precisely pinpoint the source of water loss. By determining if the pond holds water, we can narrow down potential issues. If the pond fails to retain water, we inspect critical components like the liner and skimmer box, where failing hardware or settling may compromise integrity.

Repairing Pond Leaks

Repairing leaks within the pond requires a delicate balance of precision and expertise. Common issues include holes in the liner or malfunctions in the skimmer box. Our repair strategies range from patching liner vulnerabilities to retrofitting skimmers for better connection. However, if the leak persists despite repair efforts, installing a new liner may be the most effective solution, considering time and labor constraints. At times, we will evaluate the time and effort required for repair and recommend a complete liner replacement or a complete rebuild to save you time and money in the long run.

Addressing Stream and Waterfall Leaks

When the pond holds water, leaks typically stem from the stream, waterfall, or associated plumbing. Settlement or liner displacement along edges can contribute to water loss over time. Repair strategies involve adjusting boulders, repairing cracked concrete, or repositioning liners to prevent water escape. We prioritize craftsmanship and stand behind our commitment to ensuring installation integrity.

Comprehensive Services for Water Feature Enhancement

In addition to leak detection and repairs, we offer services to enhance the longevity and functionality of water features, including:

  • Improving water circulation through waterfalls, fountains, and aeration systems.
  • Enhancing water quality and maintenance through external filtration, concrete overlays, aquatic plants, or bog filtration.
  • Elevating pond aesthetics with larger boulders and innovative waterfalls to enhance sound and water movement.
  • Installing low voltage lighting, water features, fountains, filtration, aquatic plants, and skimmers to aid in maintenance and longevity.

  • Pond Maintenance Services

    We also provide full pond maintenance services to ensure the longevity of your water feature. By entrusting us with maintenance, we extend the guarantee provided when constructing the pond. However, please note that if we didn't construct the pond, the warranty/guarantee is not applicable.


    Detecting and repairing leaks in water features demand meticulous attention and expertise. At LCM Waterfalls & Ponds, we are committed to providing comprehensive solutions tailored to your needs. Contact us today for a consultation and discover the possibilities for enhancing your water feature's longevity and aesthetics while ensuring your investment is well-spent. Trust us to safeguard the beauty and functionality of your water feature for years to come.