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June 07,2019

Installing a Backyard Water Feature

Water features offer homeowners a way to transform their landscaping quickly and affordably. A small koi pond or waterfall feature can be installed in a single weekend, but it can significantly raise your property value and curb appeal. At Mr. Rooter Plumbing of Pittsburgh, we enjoy helping our customers achieve the most from their plumbing and water systems. Are you interested in creating a backyard oasis thats uniquely beautiful? Here are some simple steps you can take to build your dream garden right away.

Create a Plan and Budget

The first step is to create a detailed plan and budget. Its important to know how far away the water feature should be away from your homes foundation or childrens play area. Youll also want to think about future additions you would like to make and how this project can fit into your wider landscaping plan. Consider multiple styles and designs before making a final decision, keeping in mind the maintenance level and longevity of the system itself.

Gather Supplies and Materials

Technically, your backyard water feature can be as basic or grandiose as you prefer, yet all ponds and waterfalls have similar materials. At the very least youll need to plan on purchasing underlayment fabric, a rubber liner, a pump, pond sealant, pea gravel, caulk and various tugging and connectors. If you want to include a waterfall, youll also need to invest in a waterfall. Youll also probably want to add some koi fish or pretty water plants to make the area even more attractive. Dont forget about tools either. You probably already have a shovel for digging the pond hole, but might not have a tamper or other specialized equipment that can make the task easier to complete.

Dig the Pond Area

Once youve collected all the necessary supplies, materials and tools for the job its time to start digging. Lay out the area according to the plans youve created using non-toxic paint, flour or flags. Use the removed soil to create a berm, but make sure you place it far enough away from your work area to avoid redundant digging. After reaching a 12-inch depth, create some ledges by finishing the dig several inches away from the side. This will help you avoid cave ins from soil disturbances. When youre satisfied with the overall depth and shape of the pond, make sure the rim of the hole is leveled.

Put the Underlayment and Liner in Place

Next, youll need to lay out the underlayment fabric and rubber liner, which will hold the water in place. If you notice any roots, stones or other materials, get rid of it to avoid punctures. Make sure there is at least one foot of liner and fabric extending along the edge of the pond.

Lay Your Stones

Rinse off any dirt or debris from the stones surface to keep soil out of the pond water. Then, place the first layer of stones on top of the liner edge, and continue to stack them carefully to the desired height. Make sure the stones are heavy enough that they can hold the liner in place and not fall into the pond. Purchasing flat stones can make it easier to build up your layers, especially if youre going for a waterfall effect.

Install the Pump and Tank

Next, its time to install the pump and tank. Follow the manufacturers instructions to avoid mishaps. Talk with your landscape suppliers about which pump and tank will work best for the size and volume of your water feature.

Fill with Water, Test and Maintain

Finally, its time to fill the feature with water. Test the water feature by turning on the pump and watch the magic happen. Pay attention to the water level over the next few days. Some evaporation will occur over time, but if youre losing too much then there could be a hold in the liner. Keep the water clean by periodically draining and refilling. You can also introduce filters, UV light systems and chemical cleaners to keep germs away. Or, you can take a more natural approach to maintenance by utilizing small fish, plants and biological filtration systems.

Need More Access to Water for Landscaping? Call Mr. Plumbing of Pittsburgh

Are you interested in creating a water feature that is connected to your outdoor plumbing system? Are you looking for other plumbing upgrades that will enhance the beauty and enjoyment of your outdoor space? Then call the experts at Mr. Plumbing of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Our certified plumbers are ready to help, contact our office today to learn more about our services.

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