Winterizing Outdoor Water Fountains
Prepare your outdoor fountains for freezing temperatures
It is important to prepare your outdoor fountains for winter if you are in climates that get those below freezing temperatures. Even though outdoor water fountains are made to withstand the elements it is crucial that water is not left in the fountain to freeze as it could cause it to crack and can ruin the fountain's pump. By following a few simple steps you can winterize your fountain and keep it safe all winter long.
- If possible, it is always best to put your outdoor fountain in your garage or shed. With tiered fountains you can sometimes disassemble them to store them more easier. With large outdoor fountains or heavy cast stone fountains this is not always possible so you will want to take other steps to winterize your fountain.
- Before the temps drop below freezing be sure all the water is drained out of your fountain. This is the most important thing you can do.
- Remove the pump if possible and store it indoors for the winter. Take this opportunity to get your pump cleaned thoroughly so debris, algae and dirt don't sit in your pump all winter.
- It is recommended that you purchase a fountain cover or cover your fountain with some other protective cover. This will keep moisture out of your fountain. Outdoor fountain covers are waterproofed and UV stabilized and have a drawstring at the bottom for ultimate protection. They also come in many sizes so you shouldn't have a problem finding one that will fit over your fountain.
- If you don't plan to cover your fountain you must put some type of blankets, towels or other absorbent material in the basin of your fountain and the tiers. Water must not get in the fountain and freeze as it will cause the fountain to crack.
These simple steps will protect your outdoor fountains and ensure they last many years. Another great tips topic to read is the Outdoor Fountain Care.
Special Notes about Cast Stone Outdoor Fountain Care:
Cast stone water fountains add a certain charm and appeal to any outdoor setting especially a patio. How does one ensure that this exquisite piece of craftsmanship stays intact and continues to look spectacular even through the harsh winter months? Since the concrete in a cast stone garden fountain is porous in nature it tends to absorb water. Cold weather causes the water trapped in the pores to freeze and expand and this may cause the concrete to crack. To avoid this, ideally the water fountain should be allowed to dry up much before winter sets in and ensure it remains dry through the winter. Experts would also suggest reinforcing the foundation before any outdoor fountain is installed to avoid ground moisture from seeping into the concrete. You could also use surface sealers manufactured specifically for concrete surfaces that can applied as soon as the surface of the fountain is done. These sealers form a protective gel like layer that ensures the integrity of the surface and provides protection against the forces of nature.
While investing in some classy décor for your patio it would be wise to spend just a little bit more to ensure that your money is well spent and your cast stone patio water fountain gets to live a full life.
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