My dam is leaking, what do I do?


Identify the leak

Identifying the area in the dam that is leaking will allow you to concentrate only on the leaking area & can reduce the amount of Water$ave dam sealer needed to seal it. The following can assist in finding the leaks:

  • The soil type of the dam can be a factor. Porous soil, such as sandy soil, will not hold water in the same way clay soil would.
  • The dam drains to a point then stops. The leak likely to be in the dam wall above the stopping level.
  • A visible wet area outside the base of the dam wall generally indicates the water is leaking from under the dam wall.
  • The dam has boulders, trees/plants or stumps. Boulders & stumps can intrude into the dam walls & floor, leaving voids. Trees/plants roots grow & die making even more voids.

If you would like help identifying your leak, one of our Dam Experts can give you a free dam consultation, just Contact Us.


Remove Obstructions

If your dam has any weeds, reeds, leaf litter ect, remove were possible. This can stop the Water$ave dam sealer from reaching the leaking area. If you intend on removing larger items, eg stump, you may cause further leaks. For further advise, Contact Us.


Apply Water$ave Dam Sealer

Apply Water$ave Plug or Water$ave Seep directly to the water surface by hand or with a small fertiliser spreader to the problem area. (Not sure which dam sealer to use? Click here.) The water does not need to be drained & no earth moving equipment is required. It is best applied when it is NOT raining & there is little to no wind. You can expect to have your dam sealed or noticed a slowing down of water loss in in 7-10 days.