Garden fountains are susceptible to extreme temperatures. While many fountains are capable of enduring cold temperatures in general, some special precautions have to be taken. This process is known as winterizing your fountain. If you fail to winterize your fountain then the water could freeze inside of the basin or the pump. The result is that it will crack and damage these vital parts. If you damage the pump, it will have to be replaced. Fountains that have concrete or cast stone parts are also at a higher risk of cracking.
What should you do if you want to winterize your garden fountain? If you have the time, the best thing to do is to disassemble your fountain completely and put it somewhere safe (like a garage) in order to keep it dry and at a medium temperature. Not everyone has time to go through this, naturally. If you cannot do this, then take the faster route as described below.
When it’s time to put away garden wall fountains for the season, first drain all water out of the fountain. Next, take the pump (the most important piece of the fountain) and bring to a safe and warm location. Taking the pump inside with you will reduce the risk of damage. Furthermore, you could use this opportunity to clean the pump and rid it of microscopic impurities like pet dander, algae and other debris.
Some stores sell garden wall fountain covers, though you could use any sort of waterproof protective material to prevent moisture from getting into the fountain. You need to make sure that no water or moisture can seep through the covering, a waterproof tarp would make a good covering. The most important part to cover is the basin. You don’t just want heavy material—you want absorbent material to absorb any moisture that may get underneath the covering. Think about material like burlap sacks or even bales of hay can be used to absorb moisture, just be sure to check then periodically and replace as needed. Even if you don’t want to cover the entire fountain, you should try to fill the basin and any other tiers with something absorbent, even if it’s just a towel or two.
If by some chance water gets into the basin and freezes, then you have to worry about cracking and then leakage later on. If you have a tiered fountain with stackable parts then it’s best to take off each tier individually and put them in a safe place. Remember that even small cracks are enough to ruin your entire garden fountain. What about hair cracks? These will often times develop not because of moisture but because of aging and exposure to extreme temperatures. Note that these types of cracks will usually not affect your fountain.
Last but not least, rid your garden wall fountain of all plants and other debris. Leaving these materials inside the basin or pump could cause rotting. Keep these tips in mind for the next winter season!