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Frosty Nights: 5 Tips to Protect Your Fountain on winter

As the days grow shorter and temperatures plummet, it’s time to prepare your beloved outdoor fountain for the frosty embrace of winter. Frost can wreak havoc on your water feature, leading to cracks, leaks, and costly repairs. But fear not!  With a little preparation and care, you can protect your investment and ensure your fountain is ready to dazzle again come spring.

1. Drain and Disconnect: Start with a Blank Canvas

Before the first frost hits, it’s essential to completely drain your fountain and disconnect it from any power source. This prevents water from freezing and expanding within the pipes and basin, which can cause cracks and other damage.  Don’t forget to drain any hidden reservoirs or compartments.

Pro Tip: Use a wet/dry vacuum to remove any remaining water from the pump and hoses.

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2. Pack Away the Pump and Accessories: Tuck Them in for Winter

Remove the pump and any accessories, such as statues, lights, or nozzles. Store these delicate components in a dry, protected area, like a garage or shed, to prevent damage from freezing temperatures.

Pro Tip: Clean the pump and accessories thoroughly before storing them to prevent buildup and ensure they’re ready to go when spring arrives. For more detailed instructions, check out our blog post here.

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3. Cover Up: Shield Your Fountain from the Elements

Investing in a high-quality, waterproof fountain cover is a must for winter protection. A well-fitting cover will safeguard your fountain from snow, ice, debris, and harsh winds, preventing damage and minimizing cleanup in the spring.

Pro Tip: Choose a breathable cover to prevent moisture buildup and mildew growth. Secure the cover tightly to prevent it from blowing away in the wind.

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4.  Regular Check-Ins: A Little Vigilance Goes a Long Way

Even with a protective cover, it’s essential to check on your fountain periodically throughout the winter. Clear away any accumulated snow or ice to prevent the weight from damaging the fountain’s structure. Inspect the cover for any tears or damage and repair or replace it as needed.

Pro Tip: If you live in an area with heavy snowfall, consider placing a tarp over the fountain cover for added protection.

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5. When in Doubt, Seek Expert Advice

If you’re unsure about how to winterize your specific fountain or have concerns about its complexity, don’t hesitate to seek professional help. 

Did You Know?  The principles of winterizing a fountain are similar to those for winterizing a pool, just on a smaller scale. Check out our blog post for additional tips and insights that can be applied to your swimming pool.

A Well-Loved Fountain: Your Reward for a Little Winter Care

By following these simple yet essential tips, you can protect your outdoor fountain from the ravages of winter and ensure it continues to bring joy and beauty to your patio for years to come.  A little care and attention now will save you from headaches and costly repairs later. So, take the time to winterize your fountain and rest assured that it will be ready to spring back to life when warmer weather returns.

Bonus Tip: Don’t forget to keep up with regular fountain maintenance throughout the warmer months to ensure optimal performance and longevity. Check out our blog post for a comprehensive guide.

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