How to Protect Outdoor Water Fountains During a Freeze


Water fountains add beauty and a sense of tranquility to a yard or garden. However, fountains do require maintenance, since they are prone to severe damage if left on in freezing temperatures. Water expands when it turns into ice, and, as a result, pipes frequently burst and the fountain casing itself can break under the internal pressure. Preparation is required to keep water fountains working properly and to avoid damage during cold temperatures.

Things You'll Need

  • Towel
  • Gallon of water
  • Tablespoon of bleach
  • Pipe insulation
  • Tarp
  • Shut off the water to the fountain and drain it prior to a freeze occurring. You want all the water out of the fountain to prevent freezing and expansion. The draining procedure will vary, depending on what type of fountain you have. Dry the fountain thoroughly with a towel. If there are mineral deposits built up at the bottom of the fountain, you can clean them out with a gallon of water mixed with a tablespoon of bleach.

  • Move the fountain and the pump into a warmer, dryer location such as a garage or a shed prior to a freeze if the fountain is able to be moved.

  • Cover any visible pipes with pipe insulation to help prevent them from freezing entirely. This will also help protect them from outside moisture, which can freeze on the pipes.

  • Wrap a waterproof tarp around the water fountain to prevent water from accumulating on it during a freeze.

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