Winter is right around the corner and now is the time to begin thinking about what to do with your fountain for the shivering cold months ahead. I have been asked this question before and I am sure others may be wondering the same thing. According to our manufactures, it is not recommended to run your fountain during freezing temperatures for the following reasons. As the water in your fountain becomes frozen, your pump will have to work extremely hard to continue the proper water flow. This places extra strain on your pump's work load and can prematurely shorten the lifespan from your pump by running it. Depending on how small or large your fountain is, the water in your fountain may freeze and become solid ice which will cause the components in your fountain pump to halt water production altogether. The Concrete Lady states "We do not recommend that you cover your concrete statuary (or fountains). As long as you drain any bowls or places water may stand it should be ok. If you must cover your concrete statuary, use a breathable fabric like a canvas tarp. DO NOT cover it with plastic. Plastic acts like a greenhouse, it causes the concrete statuary to sweat during the day and freeze at night. The constant freeze and thaw will deteriorate your concrete statuary over time". The Concrete Lady continues by stating "Most of our fountains have a drain hole. Pull the plug that you pump electrical cord feeds through so the water can drain. Clean out any remaining debris from the drain holes. It is always good to check before a hard freeze to make sure the drain hole is clear. If your fountain does not have a drain hole, you can flip the bowl over and leave it leaning against the pedestal or drill a small hole with a masonry bit for drainage. The most important thing is not to let water freeze in your bowls". In conclusion, it is better to wait for the warmer months to run your garden fountain. If is better on your cast stone as well as your pump. If you have any suggestions or comments, we would love to hear from you. Please post a comment or send us a private message at firstname.lastname@example.org Thank you for visiting Bakana Gardens & Gifts. We look forward for an opportunity to serve you.
-Bakana Gardens & Gifts Team
Lady, T. C. (n.d.). Frequently asked questions. Retrieved from http://www.theconcretelady.com/frequently-asked-questions/