in Homesteading2 years ago (edited)


I heard once that it is "doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results."

...I've never looked that up, so it may not be true. But, regardless, I think it's a good way to look at a few things in life. From solving problems, finding happiness in a relationship or in life........

Whatever it is you are trying to succeed at, or any problems you may encounter that need solved...If what you've been doing isn't working, it very well could be time to try something new.

I think anyone who's been homesteading for any amount of time understands this as things have a way of going awry. 😁


Anyone who's been following what we've been up to is probably well aware of our latest, biggest, and most troublesome project we've been working on. It's a large dam project, and as happens so often, it has hit a glitch(a pretty big one at that.) If you're interested in reading more on the issue, simply click here to learn more.

The long and short of it is this though, we built a dam. And it is being bypassed in a way allowing water to leak out several feet past the dam.

So far to date I have dug about a total of sixty hours(and am starting to feel a little insane😁) looking for the cause of the leak. All topsoil is removed, and root holes found, filled...and clay has been installed...but still the water is bypassing the dam and the reservoir will not completely fill.


DAMIT.... Literally... there's a product available called such, and from the product description, to the raving reviews, it sounds like it may be the absolute easiest and quickest fix.

SOURCE: Shalex.com

... Straight from the manufacturer's website, here's the description...

"DamIt™ Dam Sealer is an advanced, non-toxic, polymer powder which can be used to seal leaking dams and ponds. The polymer is applied to a leaking dam or pond by scattering the powder across the surface of the water. DamIt™ Dam Sealer is designed with a positive charge which draws it downward through the water toward the bottom of the dam or pond. The water pressure (hydrostatic pressure), which causes the dam or pond to leak, forces the polymer down into cracks and crevices as it sinks to the bottom of the pond or dam. Once activated with water, the polymer will expand in size and bind to other polymer particles to form larger groups of particles, which effectively slows and stops the leak. The polymer will continue to expand over several hours and forms a flexible plug that withstands water pressure. The positive charge of the particles will also attract any silt and suspended matter in the water downward to the bottom, which acts to embed the polymer within the soil structure and minimise any disturbance or movement of the polymer that may be caused by future water inflows. DamIt™ Dam Sealer is insoluble and will form a long-term plug, in cracks and porous soils. The polymer stays active when wet and can withstand continuous wet/dry cycles to accommodate rising and falling water levels due to seasonal water level variations in the dam or pond. DamIt™ Dam Sealer is a rapid, cost effective solution for sealing water leaks and does not require earthmoving equipment or the emptying of dams and ponds; allowing you to save valuable water and keep the dam or pond in use while repairs are undertaken. DamIt™ Dam Sealer works on a wide range of soil types; from clays to sandy loams and in a wide range of water types; from clear, pure drinking water through to saline water with high levels of suspended clays typically found in rural stock dams."

....Sounds amazing right? I agree and so do hundreds of people who have reviewed it across multiple sites where it is sold. The one thing about it is that I can't seem to find it in a smaller size then 15 liter buckets... I believe I will only need about 3-4 liters at the max. But I will buy the big bucket of it as I figure having something like this stuff laying around is not a bad idea.😁 The cost of it is $279 USD so considering what it does and the time it could save, I think it's well worth it.(Considering I've over sixty hours in trying to fix this problem already.)


So, if anyone out there has used this product or knows first hand of someone who did, please let me know in the comments below.

I will be ordering the bucket of Damit in the next few days and as soon as it arrives, I will apply it and have a new update for you all.


Trying something new when the old is no longer functioning or was unable to be achieved is always a perfect job to prepare for another great opportunity that will secure one's future.

Perfectly stated my dear friend!

@johndoer123 I would just make sure that the water will still be drinkable after using the Damit. I have never encountered it before but it looks pretty neat.

It says its completely safe. But we will not be drinking the water from this reservoir. Our drinking water comes from a spot even closer to the spring source. It will only be used for hydro power and possibly fish farming.

Sounds like it would be fine then.

Here's a screenshot from their website friend.

It even says it will eventually break down so if that happens in time hopefully it willhave drawn in enough dirt to clog it...but if not, well I have 5 gallons of it, so ill just treat it again.😁

Yup seems legit! You may wind up needing to give it a few treatments either way so having extra will assuredly be handy one way or another.

Bentonite clay will seal the bottom of the pond behind the dam. Kitty litter is a good source....