Who wouldn’t want to invest in a water feature that will last for decades? If you’re spending several thousand dollars on a waterfall and pond, wouldn’t you want it to be trouble free and add more capital to your home? If so, then you don’t want to compromise by using a rubber liner, along with the associated cheap plastic bio-falls, filters, skimmers, and energy-wasting sump pumps.
I have been building rock waterfalls and ponds reinforced with concrete and rebar for over 25 years and have never had a crack or leak. Hundreds of “do-it-yourselfers” have professionally built their own water features using my building instructions and never have to worry about the high maintenance costs that come naturally when using a pond liner.
Pond liner contractors boast that their liner is guaranteed for twenty to thirty years, depending on the manufacturer of the liner itself. What they don’t tell you is that the liner is only guaranteed against factory defects. They won’t tell you that twenty to thirty percent of ponds built with liner will leak within the first year for reasons such as rats, mice, ground squirrels, gophers, chipmunks, woodchucks, tree roots, stretching and holes from heavy rocks lying on the liner , not to mention dogs, raccoons and many other animals. The list goes on.
Also, unlike the mortared rocks in concrete structures, pond liners are covered with loose rock, including the construction of the waterfall. Consequently, it poses a hazard to children and adults attempting to climb the rock. The loose rocks around the edge of the pond and in the waterfall attract burrowing rodents, snakes, and other animals. Because the rocks are not well secured with mortar as in concrete construction, they can shift slightly exposing the unsightly lining underneath.
Liner ponds use gravity filters that need frequent cleaning; and that is hard, dirty and stinking work. Liner ponds also use sump pumps to circulate the water. Sump pumps use sixty percent more energy than centrifugal pumps used in concrete construction, which are typically installed near the edge of the pond. As a result, they do not circulate the water properly, allowing all fish excrement and debris to collect on the bottom and rot, causing serious problems for aquatic life. Additionally, sump pumps have a short lifespan and most only carry a one or two year warranty.
With the concrete construction, two anti-vortex drains are installed in the middle of the pond; Fish waste and other particles thus enter the sewer and are sucked up and collected in a pressurized bead filter. This type of filter only requires turning a handle once or twice a week to flush the water back, ensuring a clean, crystal clear pond.
Concrete ponds use professional pool skimmers to remove leaves and debris before they can become waterlogged and settle to the bottom. Concrete construction costs only twenty percent more than liner ponds and lasts for decades. With the right instructions, any “do-it-yourselfer” can build their own water feature by hiring professional subcontractors and hiring their own concrete company and rebar installers.
In just a week or two, you can have a pond and waterfall that will last for decades and cost only twenty percent more than a leak-prone rubber liner pond. You will also experience an almost maintenance-free water feature.
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