Practical Hacks for Your Outdoor Fountain During Colder Months

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Who does not love fountains? We know we do. There's something enthralling with the way the water splashes down in layers, or jets down from a tall height. The designs are also stunning; it could be a lovely Roman fountain or something more modern and contemporary. Whatever the case, it surely adds an aesthetic value into your home. Gardens are made more alluring, and empty spaces become less boring with an outdoor fountain.

It's nice to see these water features working almost throughout the year, but what about winter? For certain, there are some drawbacks the extreme weather brings, especially when the temperature goes below freezing point. So how should you take care of your outdoor fountain during this season? Follow these hacks to help winterize your fountain.

The colder months bring a thick blanket of snow in many countries in America, and we can't hide from it. Here, streets are covered with annoying slush. The same goes with your outdoor fountain. During the low temperatures, water freezes, which means it is not a good idea to keep your water feature running during winter. We don't just worry about snow covering most parts of your fountain, but leaving it outdoors still filled with water might put the materials at risk. The water inside your fountain will freeze. Your fountain pump will find it hard to stream the cold, icy water and may be greatly damaged. Not only that; if your fountain is made of materials that don't work well with ice, there's a good chance it might cause permanent cracks to the basin and surface. And we all know that a broken fountain does not look good.

Most outdoor fountains are made of concrete and cast stone. Concrete, as we all know, expands and contracts in freezing weather. To avoid all types of damages the snow season might bring, it's best to move the fountain in an enclosed area—perhaps a garage—to prep it for winter. But before you do that, here is what you should do.

  • Check whether there's water in your fountain. Even if you have dried it up, there might be moisture collecting in it. You need to have it completely dry during the season.
  • Unplug it from the outlet and drain water out of your fountain. You also want to remove the pump and all the other electrical parts and store it indoors. Disassemble it for proper storage. This includes the decorative accents, small tiers and the basin.
  • If you cannot move the outdoor fountain indoors (a difficult fact for owners of larger fountains), you’ll need to protect the entire structure by covering it. Wrap your fountain with burlap, tarp, or other protective materials that will protect it from the extreme cold. Make sure that it is entirely covered for optimum protection. At best, you may want to fill the basin with the same protective material to shield it from any moisture that might damage the fountain.

With these tips, you can safely preserve your outdoor décor, enough for it to be taken out and used in working condition for the next season. For more of these tips, stay tuned to this blog.

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  • Candace Osmond