Finding a Pond Leak

Although a little water loss in a Water Feature is normal from evaporation, significant water loss indicates you likely have a leak.

It’s important to know what to look for if you suspect your pond may be leaking, so here is the procedure we recommend.

If the level of your pond is dropping, troubleshoot as follows:

NOTE: We recommend adding an aerator for fish safety to perform this test.

  1. Turn off the waterfall pump.
  2. Turn off the auto fill valve (if you have one).
  3. Allow the waterfall to completely drain into the pond and fill the pond to the proper level. Proper level in a pond is just below the overflow opening in the skimmer. Base all measurements off of the overflow in the skimmer.
  4. Make sure it’s not going to rain for 24 hours.
  5. Check the water level in the pond 24 hours later.
  6. If the pond level does not change the problem is in the waterfall. If the pond level goes down, continue to check each day until the level stops dropping and mark it.
  7. If the leak is in the waterfall, send us a few photos to determine the best approach for your pond.  We do not work on every kind of water feature and a picture(s) will quickly tell us if we are the right company or not.

For more detailed information on pond leaks, visit our pond blog the guide to fixing a Philadelphia pond problem.

Please note:  we don’t make repairs to homeowner built, concrete or pre-formed ponds.