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Leaking water trough - need help
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Diesel Rider    Posted 05-04-2002 at 17:03:38       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have an old concrete water trough that leaks. I'm not sure just where the leak is. This thing will really be great if I can get the thing working. Holds about 550 gallons or so. The leak isn't real bad when the water is running good like now but, come summer when rain is scarce this could be a real problem. Can I paint it with something to seal it up? Any help appreciated.

realfarmer    Posted 05-05-2002 at 20:47:28       [Reply]  [No Email]
Try dumping some cement into the tank (either portland or mason's) or try some rubber paint made by the Conklin company, and paint all of the seams.

Les...fortunate    Posted 05-05-2002 at 08:52:45       [Reply]  [No Email]
Throw a handful of corn meal into the water. You'll be amazed. I've seen my father take an old dried up wooden barrel with quarter inch cracks between the staves that you'd swear would never hold water. Get it a little wet so that the wood starts to swell up, throw in a handful of corn meal and never leak another drop.

Diesel Rider    Posted 05-06-2002 at 17:00:58       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I would'nt think it possible that something so simple would work. I put some in today and started filling the tank. I noticed about a third of the way up the tank right behind the drain pipe water seeping out and dripping below. So I stirred up the corn meal and watched the drip stop.( Or at least it appeared to stop) I hope you haven't patented the bragging rights to this. If ti works long term I'll tell everyone how smart I've been - If it doesn't I'll tell em it was your idea. I really do appreciate the advice. The cement ideas sound good too.

TB    Posted 05-04-2002 at 18:04:30       [Reply]  [No Email]
Go to hardware store and ask for hydrolic cement.Clean crack and chisel to open a gap about 1/2". put the water to it and mix up small handfulls and press into the crack repeat untill you get entire crack sealed.When you work the hydrolic cement in work fast it only workable for about 3 minuts and it cures best under water.Good luck

Diesel Rider    Posted 05-05-2002 at 17:23:37       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I have some of that and it's great on large cracks. I've already used some on the tank and it really slowed the leaks down but, now I can't see where the thing is leaking out. There must be some smaller leaks or could it be seeping through the concrete itself? There is dirt all around the thing but you can see water running out down by the drain end before the thing is full enough to go down the drain pipe. It was quite a bit before the hydro cement and just a little now but it's still there. I was wondering if the paint they use on the inside of basements on cement blocks would work? Or using dye to try and find the leak.

TB    Posted 05-06-2002 at 13:01:26       [Reply]  [No Email]
Yes you could use theroseal or one of those fiberglase serface bonding products but this would require the tank to be drained and the concreat left dry out.

TB    Posted 05-06-2002 at 13:20:52       [Reply]  [No Email]
Sometimes if you just take a couple of big handfulls of portlend cement right out of the bag and sprinkel in the water it will find the leak and seal it up for you.

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