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What is a Pondless Waterfall?

What is a pondless waterfall?
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Pondless waterfall
Pondless waterfall

What is a pondless waterfall, and why would someone put one in their backyard?

Pondless Waterfalls are simply a re-circulating waterfall and/or stream without the presence of a pond. You can enjoy the sight and sound of running water without the maintenance of a pond.

The waterfall is undoubtedly the most beautiful and favored feature in a water garden. If space is lacking in your yard or you have safety concerns with a pond, go Pondless!

The name basically explains it all. It’s a waterfall and stream, without the pond. So why would you want a waterfall without a pond? The truth is that a Pondless® Waterfall isn’t for everyone, but it can be a great alternative for someone who isn’t quite sure if a pond is right for their family.
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Pondless waterfalls can add drama and beauty to your yard.
pondless waterfall build

Working much like a regular waterfall, this  variety directs the cascading water into a deep rock- and- gravel-filled hole where the water collects and is pumped back up to the top of the fall. Because there is no pool of water, a waterfall is a great option if you’re concerned about safety issues associated with a traditional pond.

A waterfall is less costly than a pond to build and operate, and its size enables you to place one almost anywhere in your yard. And maintenance couldn’t be easier. All you need to do is fill the reservoir every few weeks to compensate for water loss caused by evaporation. Pondless waterfalls can also be part of a RainXChange™ Rainwater Harvest System.

If you are looking for the most convenient way to bring the soothing sounds of falling water into your life, it doesn’t get any simpler than a Pondless® Waterfall.

Quick breakdown: pond renovation vs. pond repair

Many people question the difference between pond renovations vs. pond repair.  though they sound similar, renovation requires much deeper intervention. Repairing something means fixing or replacing a small part that is broken or malfunctioning – renovation is a complete overhaul and redo, resulting in a practically brand new end product.

A pond is no exception to these terms of home improvement– take a look at the before and after of this pond renovation!

Pond Repair

When a pond leaks, you have the option to make repairs or completely renovate the pond – these options depend heavily on the extent of the problems. If the causes don’t inherently interfere with the structure of the pond or the health of the pond wildlife, you can likely troubleshoot and fix the specific issue. Problems that can be repaired include holes that leak or the liner detaching from the skimmer or biofalls, just to name some things that are more common. The possibilities are endless – without the guaranteed standards of a Certified Aquascape Contractor, there’s no telling what happened during construction. If the leak is caused by a hole in the liner, it can sometimes be patched. A broken pipe means you need to replace the pipe. Repairs are self-explanatory.

The most difficult part of even the simplest pond repairs is identifying the problem in the first place. We usually hear,“why is my pond leaking?”  This opens a variety of potential causes, which can be narrowed through a few key tests.
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  1. Walk around pond, checking for visible wet spots for possible leaks. A simple issue could be a low liner, allowing for a water to flow over the edge.
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  2. Fill up the pond and determine the water level
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  3. Turn off the pump and come back 24 hours later to check for a change in water level.
    • If the water level is unchanged, the problem arises somewhere in the pipe or filter.
    • If the water level has decreased, the problem lies somewhere in the pond or skimmer.

If none of these are the causes, your issue lies somewhere in the pond or stream and a renovation is likely the best solution.

pond renovation vs. pond repair

Pond Renovation

Renovation is considered a complete pond replacement. This means we remove the pond and replacing all parts. This is the perfect opportunity to change anything you didn’t like, and address any issues, even minor ones – you could add more tunnels for fish, install lighting, and use more plants to encourage a healthy ecosystem. You could increase or decrease the size of the pond, or add an additional or larger waterfall or other feature.

Many pond renovations we encounter come from homeowners who had a landscaping company come in and build a pond, or new homeowners who don’t know their pond’s history. Renovations can seem daunting, but are a great opportunity to save time and energy that will be spent making temporary repairs on a flawed or dissatisfying pond design.

pond renovation vs. pond repair

Nighttime Pond Lighting

night pond

Ecosystem ponds are beautiful and lively during the day, but you should be able to enjoy them at night too. Strategically placed lights can highlight and direct attention to waterfalls, statues, plants, or other aquascape and landscape features. While traditional halogen lights suck up energy and hike up your electricity bill, LED lights use much less energy and last on average 10-15 times longer.

LED lights are full of benefits: Aquascape’s LED lights are 80-90 percent more electricity efficient. A three watt LED light gives out as much illumination as the old 25 watt halogen bulbs. Plus, LED lights are more durable and do not heat up like traditional lights. This is especially important to an ecosystem pond which is meant to be part of nature and a habitat for plants and animals. Underwater lights can often be a pain to change, so it is also a huge help that LED lights last up to 15 times longer than the halogen bulbs. The lights may also be used above water to highlight any landscape, walkway around your house.

Aside from the LED lights, a fire pit makes a great addition to your yard, especially as we enter into a cooler Autumn (hopefully!). You can either get one designed specifically molded for your space, or you can buy one from any home goods store. Either way, it is sure to add to the calm, relaxed mood set by your pond. Do not miss out on pond time just because it is nighttime.