Aug 5, 2022
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How to drain a pond in a personal plot

How to drain a pond in a personal plot

A summer resident man is a rather mysterious creature: when he owns a flat and flat area, he seeks to make alpine slides. And the present relief, on the contrary, strives to level with a bulldozer. If there is no reservoir on the territory of the dacha, the summer resident will definitely make an artificial pond.

And, of course, if there is a reservoir, then the summer resident, most likely, will cherish the dream and look for ways to fill it up. Or at least move it to another location.

There can be many reasons for changing the configuration, size, location of a country pond or completely getting rid of it for the owner. This article is about what to do if you are tired of the pond.

What should we fill up the pond

Suppose you decide that you no longer need the reservoir in your summer cottage or have ceased to suit you with its size, shape or location. Before starting work, let’s decide what needs to be done.

Garden reservoirs are divided into two groups: artificial and natural. This separation occurs according to the type of water supply: if you pour water into the pond from the water supply system, then the reservoir is artificial. And if the source of water is natural (precipitation, surface and groundwater), then your reservoir is natural, even if it was dug out by an excavator at one time.

artificial pond

It is not difficult to destroy, move, change the shape and size of such a structure.

It is necessary to drain the water, turn off and dismantle the pumping equipment and filters, remove the plastic bowl or remove the waterproofing film. After that, calculate, if you don’t know, the volume of the resulting pit in order to order the required amount of soil.

To backfill the pond, you can also use construction debris – broken bricks, fragments of concrete structures.

If the reservoir is large, then when filling it, try to observe some kind of soil layers that are characteristic of your site. For example, the bottom layer is crushed stone and clay, above is sand, and lay a fertile layer on the very top. When filling, compact the layers well. These measures will allow the backfilled pit to better “fit” into your site. But even with such precautions, do not expect to place something in this place immediately after falling asleep the bed of the former reservoir. The soil will settle, so get ready to pour this place a few more times.

natural reservoir

The situation with the elimination of a natural reservoir is much more complicated. Just filling it up will not work – before planning this business, it is worth deciding where the water that feeds the pond will go.

A carelessly filled natural body of water can lead to a rise in the groundwater level throughout your site. Yes, and neighboring dachas, probably, will also be affected by this problem. Another nuisance is that a local area with high groundwater (bog) can form on the site of the former pond.

Therefore, to begin with, it is necessary to carry out drainage work to drain water.

Get Rid of the Pond: Mission Impossible?

Doable of course! A person can move mountains and reverse the flow of rivers, what can we say about some kind of country pond. However, before starting measures to get rid of the reservoir, sit on a bench and carefully weigh everything: is it worth it?

The main issue, which, as always, can negate all great ideas is financial. The cost of destroying or altering a pond is comparable to the construction of a new one, and it may turn out to be more.

What can be “pitfalls” in a filled pond

What are the costs for you? Let’s count. The pond in the photo above measures approximately 6 by 3 meters. Suppose that its depth is 1.5-2 meters. This means that the volume of this reservoir will be about 32 cubic meters of soil and 32,000 liters of water.

Pumping water and sludge

Before filling the reservoir, you will need to pump out water from it. You can, of course, do without, but get ready for the fact that the water from the pond will flood the entire area. In addition, so that the issue with the reservoir does not develop into a new problem, after pumping out the water, it will be necessary to remove the silt from the bottom.

Both water and silt can be removed on your own, or you can order the work of specialists with a sludge pump. The cost of pumping water is 800 rubles per cubic meter, pumping out silt is 1000 rubles per cubic meter.

Backfilling with soil

One of the most costly aspects of destroying a pond is excavation. In order to fill even a small hole, you need a lot of soil. We continue to count the costs of eliminating the above pond.

Drainage works

The cost of drainage work can be roughly calculated only if you know the real situation on the site. So figure out for yourself what it will cost you to drain water from the former pond.

In addition to the financial issue, do not forget that the work to eliminate the reservoir will entail a rout on the site: tons of soil, heavy equipment, and so on.

We pay for any construction either in money or in time

There is a more economical way of reconstructing a reservoir on the site from a financial point of view. If you are not in a hurry, then it is really possible to fill up the pond without a string of KamAZ trucks with sand, gravel and soil.

You can get rid of a small pond gradually by putting broken bricks, stones, branches after pruning trees on the site, hay and so on into it. In a few years, the pit will fill up naturally – this is how pits are filled in nature.

Perhaps, after weighing all the pros and cons, you decide that the pond on the site is not so bad.

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