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Ellis Kinney
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 22, 2014 4:29 pm    Post subject: cistern Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I live in Northern Ky. and have a cistern on my farm. In this neck of the woods we call them jug or bottle cisterns because of the shape. It is about 21' deep and about 11' in diameter at the bottom. It normally holds water to about 7' from the top. If it fills any more than that it will return to the 7' from the top level in a couple of days, but doesn't go any lower except with use. The cistern has rock walls and is plastered.Would there be any chemical or solution or powder that expands in a crack that would slow or stop the leak? Thanks, Ellis
 
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 22, 2014 4:49 pm    Post subject: Re: cistern Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Bentonite is an expansive clay that works like that. Available in several forms, excellent water-proofing. Our state Health Dept. strongly recommends it for water wells to keep out surface water.
 
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 22, 2014 4:51 pm    Post subject: Re: cistern Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Expanding foam?
 
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 22, 2014 5:24 pm    Post subject: Re: cistern Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Yes, bentonite, it comes in several grades, you can get it from drillers supply, they might have a branch near you. or ask a well driller...
 
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 22, 2014 5:30 pm    Post subject: Re: cistern Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Have you thought of HYDRAULIC CEMENT? it will set up in running water.
 
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 22, 2014 5:46 pm    Post subject: Re: cistern Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I would also vote for the hydraulic cement. Bentonite is just clay, basically dirt but it should work.
 
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 22, 2014 6:18 pm    Post subject: Re: cistern Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Are you sure there is not an overflow drain in it? Ours will flow to a drain that is 600ft from the house when full.
 
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 22, 2014 8:59 pm    Post subject: Re: cistern Reply to specific post Reply with quote

That is what I was thinning, overflow drain?

Paul
 
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 23, 2014 12:55 am    Post subject: Re: cistern Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Here (Oz) we can get this product for concrete tanks

http://www.crystalfix.com.au/

Seems to work - we've done the reinforce as they recommend with deformed bar on one concrete tank (above ground) and have cut back from a torrent to a dribble.

A professional concreter should be able to point you your side
 
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 23, 2014 3:17 am    Post subject: Re: cistern Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I don't think this stuff expands but it does cover hair line cracks well.

http://www.chargar.com/Products/prod_na.html
 
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 23, 2014 6:08 am    Post subject: Re: cistern Reply to specific post Reply with quote

sounds like your water table is at the 7' mark. you can try the hydralic cement but if you don't know where the leek is you will be chasing it forever.
 
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 23, 2014 7:39 am    Post subject: Re: cistern Reply to specific post Reply with quote


Yeah sounds like water is leaking as much as leaking out.
 
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 23, 2014 4:20 pm    Post subject: Re: cistern Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Thanks for all the info. There is no over flow in the cistern. Ellis
 
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