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Winterizing Your Fountains

The weather is still amazing these days! We all want to keep those beautiful fountains flowing as long as possible. But, it is important to winterize your fountain before the temperatures drop to a consistent freeze.

What does winterizing your fountain even mean? We’ve put together three quick steps you can take to make sure your fountain is safe and secure for the coming winter months.

It’s important to follow our Three Steps to Winterizing Your Fountain because you will ensure that all the water is removed.

Why does it matter if there is some residual water in the fountain?  Well, when water freezes it expands.  If there are a number of droplets left in the fountains, those tiny drops all expand at the same time, which leads to cracking in the plaster of the fountains.  Those cracks, even if they are so tiny you can’t see them, will expand and grow into large cracks resulting in a leaking fountain next spring.

After all the time and money invested in your fountain – it is important to protect it from the winter weather.

How to Winterize Your Fountain in Three Easy Steps:

Step 1. Drainstep one

Most fountains have a plug or a rubber stopper in the bottom reservoir.

Pull the stopper and allow the water to drain and leave it unplugged.

If your fountain does not have a stopper you can use a shop vac to remove the water out of the reservoir and all other areas of the fountain with standing water.

step two

Step 2. Dry

Completely dry any remaining water with towels or rags.

We would also suggest placing old towels or blankets in the bowls to absorb any moisture that may end up in the fountain over the winter.

Step 3. Coverstep 3

Use a cover made specifically for fountains.

If you are not able to use a fountain specific cover, an alternative is a waterproof tarp that does not have any holes.

Place the cover over the entire fountain making sure it is straight and taut so water does not pool on the cover, it should drain right off.

Make sure your cover is secured tightly to the fountain.

We do suggest periodically checking on the fountain to make sure your cover is still securely fastened to the fountain, especially after snow or wind storms.

For Drilled Rock Fountains….as they are made from natural rock and not plaster, all you need to do with these is unplug them.  Much easier 🙂

Let us know if you have any questions, we are here to help.

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