Bentonite and ESS-13

Bentonite (Pond Sealant)

Bentonite clay swells up to eighteen times its dry size when it becomes wet. Expanded bentonite forms an impermeable gel seal which makes an excellent pond sealant. Bentonite is environmentally safe and does not affect the water, livestock, or wildlife. When properly applied, it will not harm fish.

When sealing a leaking pond to prevent water loss through seepage, bentonite can be applied directly to the soil in the pond bottom or it can be sprinkled on the surface of the water and allowed to settle to the bottom. There is never a guarantee with bentonite or bentomat that the pond will not form a leak. The only 100% guarantee that a pond will successfully hold water is with a man made pond liner such as RPE.

ESS- 13

ESS-13 stands for 'Environmental Soil Sealant'. It reduces the hydraulic conductivity of soils beyond their natural capability by filling voids in the soil and by chemically and electrically modifying the alignment of the clay platelets in the soil.

ESS-13 contains:
Surfactants - specially designed to reduce the electrical charges on clay platelets. This reduction of electrical charge minimizes the natural electrical repulsion of the clay particles at the molecular level.
Emulsified vegetable oil - micron sized droplets fill voids and 'lubricate' the clay platelets allowing for more efficient re-alignment.

For more information or to find out if ESS-13 is right for you please complete and return our ESS-13 Recommendation Inquiry Form. One of our biologists will review your information and respond as soon as possible.