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How to winterize a fountain

Cold weather is just around the corner. Make sure your fountain is ready!

Fountains in Kansas City

We’ve been having milder winters in KC. So, it can be easy to overlook the possibility of winterizing water features.

In some cases, you can let your fountain run all winter – and ice formations can make wintertime fountains incredible. You just have to make sure that the water level in the fountain stays full enough. Any ice you see is water that isn’t in the system. So, be prepared to hook up a hose or carry a bucket of water from the house.If you’re unsure whether your fountain can operate during the winter or not, sometimes it’s just a matter of testing during a cold spell. Monitor the feature carefully in case things freeze up.

If winterizing is right for you, have no fear. It’s an easy process.

Winterizing your fountain

Just a few simple steps will prepare your fountain for the cold weather. Watch our team winterize a few different kinds of fountains, and check out the detailed directions below.

  1. Drain the fountain. Get all of the water out. This is ideal especially for concrete fountains and reservoirs that are above ground. Reservoirs below ground are usually OK.
  2. Remove the pump. If you allow your pump to freeze, the pressure from ice can cause cracks in the casing. If you run your fountain all winter, the movement of the water can keep the pump from freezing. But if it does freeze? It can allow water into the interior of the pump where the sensitive electronics are. That can spell big trouble for your pump.
  3. Store the pump. Plop the pump in a bucket of water and store it someplace that won’t freeze. Garages and basements are popular winter getaways for many fountain pumps.
  4. Take cover or move out. If it’s small enough or easy to disassemble, you can move your fountain inside for the winter. Or, if the manufacturer advises it, you can leave it out and protect it with a waterproof cover.

Questions about winterization

Fountains are pretty low maintenance, so winterization can feel like a big deal … because it’s pretty much the only deal. Most fountain owners do very little upkeep throughout the year.

When it comes to winterizing, Good Earth Water Gardens has you covered. For insight on getting a pond ready for winter, check out our pond winterization guide. If you have questions or need a hand with winterizing your water feature, give us a call at 913-749-8090 or reach out online. We’re happy to help.

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