Enlarging a pond

Discussion in 'Water Features' started by Niagara Falls, Aug 26, 2010.

  1. tadpole

    tadpole LawnSite Bronze Member
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    You might also investigate the possible use of the Easy Pro Multi-Vent system.

    http://www.easypropondproducts.com/InstructManuals/Multi Vent Flyer 7-09.pdf

    This could be an alternative to installing a French Drain. While I don't have any personal experience with this product, it does appear functional. I am sure that Easy Pro can give you referrals to contractors that have used it. Their phone number is 1-800-448-3873.
     
  2. Niagara Falls

    Niagara Falls LawnSite Member
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    Thanks tadpole, I think that is just what I need. I will look into finding a supplier near me, or if worse come to worst, I'll have it shipped to me by slowboat.
     
  3. tadpole

    tadpole LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Give them a call and discuss your situation with them to confirm that their venting system will work for you and, if it will, how much material you may need.

    You will also want to give some thought as to the location that the water will be vented to. The possibility of a 'Rain Garden' comes to mind.
     
  4. Niagara Falls

    Niagara Falls LawnSite Member
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    Oh-oh....last night we had a huge storm pass through, setting rainfall records all around the area. When I looked out the window this morning there is a huge puddle of water just beyond where I've dug out for my expansion plans.

    Maybe I should make the expansion bigger...

    After the rain.jpg
     
    Last edited: Nov 17, 2010
  5. tadpole

    tadpole LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Making the expansion bigger is not going to help.

    Can't really tell from the picture but--

    Is the location of the puddle the lowest place in that area of your yard? It appears so.

    Is the water level in the excavation the same as the puddle?
     
  6. Niagara Falls

    Niagara Falls LawnSite Member
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    Yes, the puddle is the lowest in that area, and the excavation is about3-4" higher.

    If you were to look about 100' to the left, there is a puddle that's about 25' across, and 12" deep.

    I'm wondering if because my neighbour across the road, to the right, dug a huge trench to ensure his backyard would not flood, therefore keeping his basement dry.
     
  7. tadpole

    tadpole LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Maybe this project can be approached from another angle.

    How much space currently exists between your driveway and the back of the BioFalls filter?

    How long is your current stream/cascade?

    What I am thinking is possibly adding the expansion Pond between the BioFalls filter and the present Pond. It would not need to be in-line with the 2 but could be off-set and connected by streams. This would negate the need to move the skimmer, pump or plumbing and give you a higher elevation which, in your case, translates into greater workable depth.
     
  8. tadpole

    tadpole LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Something like this.

    Niagara's Pond.jpg
     
  9. Niagara Falls

    Niagara Falls LawnSite Member
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    There is about a foot between the BioFalls and the drive way.

    The current stream is 25'.

    As to putting the expansion to the left where the wall is...can't do that because the electric line for the house runs about even with the right side of the wall.
    So going to the right is a better option except for the huge roots from the gigantic Elm tree to the right.
    I think I need to do some thinking.:confused:

    Or, I could dig a hole similar to the pondless waterfalls and put a sump pump in it to remove the water when it gets real rainy......and this rainfall we're getting right now is rare. In 8 years of living here, we've never seen water pool where it is now.

    Elm tree.jpg
     
  10. tadpole

    tadpole LawnSite Bronze Member
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    If you could PM me your physical address, I can pull up a bird's eye view of your property on Google Earth. It will give me a better idea of the dimensions constraints that you are working with.

    I'm sure a solution can be found that will keep the Mrs. happy.
     

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