How to Repair Leaks in a Water Fountain

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A fountain makes a bold accent point to any landscaping layout. It can add an extra dimension to your yard that will increase your enjoyment of the outdoor space and allow birds and small animals to have a place to find water. Occasional damage may occur to your fountain. Just because your fountain has a leak does not mean that it is finished. Repairing your fountain takes only a little time, a few supplies and a bit of preparation.

Things You'll Need

  • Concrete mix
  • Water
  • Bucket
  • 1-inch putty knife
  • Heavy rubber gloves
  • Clean, wet rags
  • Safety glasses
  • Dust mask
  • Empty water from the fountain.

  • Place a handful of dry concrete mix in a bucket. Slowly pour in water while mixing with a putty knife. Add just enough water to obtain an oatmeal-like consistency. Wipe the surface on the outside and inside of the fountain clean with a wet rag.

  • Scoop out some of the concrete with your putty knife and smear it onto the leak inside of the fountain. Press the concrete into the hole and smooth the surface so that it is level with the surface of the fountain.

  • Apply concrete to the damaged area on the outside of the fountain with a putty knife. Press the concrete mix and press it into the crack, or hole, to completely fill the damaged area. Smooth the surface so that it level with the surface of the outside of the fountain.

  • Allow the patch to dry for two hours. Re-apply concrete if the patch has sunk below the level of the surface. Allow the concrete to cure overnight, refill and restart your fountain.

Tips & Warnings

  • Store leftover concrete mix in a cool, dry place until the next project.
  • Concrete is a chemical compound that causes irritation to the eyes, skin and lungs. Wear heavy rubber gloves, safety glasses and a dust mask when using concrete.
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