Many people spend a great deal of time planning their fountains main feature. They look high and low for that one of a kind center piece, spray feature, or overall design of their fountain. Then they proceed to install the said feature, spending untold hours and dollars on the project. Finally after many months, or years of planning and preparation, they fill their pond and turn on their fountain.
ONLY TO DISCOVER THAT THEIR POND LEAKS!
So if there is ONE THING we want you to look at seriously is your fountains basin or pond. Because after all, If your pond doesn't hold water you don't have a fountain. We have been called many times after the fact, to fix or repair leaks in various pond applications. In general there are only three main types of pond construction.
- Vinyl or Rubber membrane materials.
- Concrete - with various water proofing methods
- Pre-Formed Fiberglass ponds
Vinyl and Rubber Membranes: They have come a long way over the past few years with vinyl technology, but if you have the choice EPDM rubber membrane is heaver and resists punctures more than Vinyl. Rubber can be patched and seamed together to make larger sized ponds and pools. Drains, fills, and various penetrations can be installed into these materials with the use of proper fittings. These materials are typically used for backyard water gardens, streams, waterfalls and applications where fish and plants are going to be incorporated into the design.
Concrete Pools: When you start thinking about medium sized fountain features, one of the first choices people look to, is concrete. Largely because of it's availability and wide use, especially in climates where you do not get freezing temperatures. Many times in commercial applications they will pour concrete, then put down a rubber membrane, then pour a concrete finish (or Gunite) the interior of the fountain. They are using the rubber membrane to hold the water, or make the basin waterproof. Most home owners don't know this and just use concrete. While it can hold water, be sure your installer is familiar with making things that hold water.
Pre-Formed Fiberglass ponds: Fiberglass ponds come in many sizes and shapes. Ours come with a Lifetime Warranty against cracks and leaks. They are typically free standing and self supporting. They can be put into the ground or above ground. There are no footers needed to install the fiberglass pond. Fiberglass ponds are easy for the do it yourselfer to install. With various penetrations, you can easily add drains, fills, electrical junction boxes, and other penetrations as needed.