Lake and Pond Liners – A Real Estate Consideration

In today’s world when water usage is becoming increasingly regulated, seepage from existing ponds and lakes, and proper design of new ponds and lakes, is important.  Man made ponds and lakes are abundant on private, public, and commercial property, such as golf courses.  All of these require management to attain and maintain optimal levels of water quality health.  This is not only a matter to be considered by those managing the property, but also by real estate agents and those considering buying or selling property.  It is useful to know some basics about lake and pond linings.

One important aspect of lake management or construction are liners.  Liners are necessary to contain the water within the lake.  Otherwise, the water may seep out to the surrounding terrain.

Liners are made of varied materials.  Each has its benefits and drawbacks.  For example, two kinds of liners are PVC and Polypropylene.  PVC costs less, is easy to patch, but degrades from exposure to ultraviolet radiation from the sun.  Polypropelene, on the other hand, is resistant to ultraviolet rays, but has to be repaired with a hot air welder.

Other liners include clay or bentonite.  There are other lake and pond sealing products as well.  Depending on the body of water, different methods may be used to seal or repair a lake.  Lake liners and repair methods have been used in golf course bodies of water, water-ski lakes, private lakes, ponds, lagoons, and fish hatcheries.

The lake or pond seal is like the foundation of a building.  A building requires a good foundation in order to stand, and a lake requires a good seal.   When constructing a lake or pond, there are a number of aspects to consider.  Among these are the size, the geology of the location, the wildlife, the longevity of the pond, the maintenance that will be required, and the property value.  A property of high net worth deserves a well-designed lake or pond.

Consider longevity.  Will the pond or lake that is being constructed be handed down generation after generation?  That will affect how it is built and how it is sealed.  This is also a consideration when moving into a housing community that has a lake or pond.  It is worth asking how it was constructed, for if it was constructed with a cheap liner, it may degrade in a few years and then there will be high costs of maintenance in terms of fees passed onto members of the housing association.  This is also a factor when considering buying a home that has a waterfront property.  How was the lake or pond constructed?  What will be the maintenance cost in a few years?  How long will the construction last?

If you are considering purchasing real estate that either has a lake or pond, or are thinking of developing one on property you currently own, it is worthwhile educating yourself about liners, and other aspects of lake management.  That way, your long term experience will be more lasting with less costly mistakes.