Tips on Caring for and Winterizing Fountains During Winter Months
Even though outdoor fountains are made to withstand the elements it is crucial that water is not left in the fountain to freeze. Freezing could cause it to crack and can ruin the fountain’s pump. Never allow your fountain to sit in a pool of ice.
Follow these simple steps for winterizing fountains and keep your fountain safe all winter long.
Note, winter care should take place once the weather nears 50-degrees Fahrenheit (roughly October/November).
- If possible, disassemble your fountain and store it in your garage or shed in order to keep it dry. With larger fountains it is not always possible, so you will want to take other steps to winterize your fountain.
- Drain, clean and completely dry the fountain’s surfaces. 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.
- Place old blankets or towels inside all bowls so that condensation is absorbed and kept away from surface, and cover with fountain cover. (You may need to take the fountain’s top down and place it in the lower bowl so it does not get knocked down before, during or after the placement of the fountain cover.)
- Ensure the cover is straight and taut, giving no chance for water or snow to pool on the fountain cover. Make sure the base is standing on a properly drained area so water or snow does not pool around it.