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#478034 - 08/11/17 06:16 PM Unsung Bentonite clay
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Registered: 05/21/17
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Loc: SW Pennsylvania, USA
Kind of a newbie here.

Anyone here on the Forum have any experience using bentonite to seal a leaking pond? How much does it cost? Where do you buy it?

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#478035 - 08/11/17 06:24 PM Re: Unsung Bentonite clay [Re: keifer]
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If the pond has water in it, you might want to look at SoilFlock vs. Bentonite.
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#478045 - 08/11/17 07:30 PM Re: Unsung Bentonite clay [Re: keifer]
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Esshup, although it's a new pond, right now it has only about 1 foot of water in it. I understand soilflok needs water under pressure to have it work. Pond is about 1/8 acre with possible 7 foot depth.

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#478047 - 08/11/17 07:44 PM Re: Unsung Bentonite clay [Re: keifer]
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I have talked with tj about the possibility of using soilfloc and it seems to be a possibility in the future. While most of my pond is composed of a flakey shale - clay mix, I did bottom out in a solid shale strata. I think that's is where the pond is leaking. I did put some clay on top of this rock layer but I don't think it has been effective, that's why I
was looking into the Bentonite.

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#478048 - 08/11/17 08:12 PM Re: Unsung Bentonite clay [Re: keifer]
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I have seen a few hillside ponds around here like that, and they always leaked dry. Your only solution is probably a liner.
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#478052 - 08/11/17 10:04 PM Re: Unsung Bentonite clay [Re: John Fitzgerald]
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Bentonite needs to be mixed into the soil, then compacted. You can't do that now.

I'd fill it with water asap and use SoilFlock.
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#478066 - 08/12/17 10:04 AM Re: Unsung Bentonite clay [Re: keifer]
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Thanks everyone for your input.

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