Large Girona Garden Fountain
Unless you live somewhere guaranteed to bless you with warm temperatures and sunny skies year-round, you will need to winterize your fountain before the first freeze. Garden fountains are easily damaged by cold temperatures. You may be thinking you will remove the pump, but that is not enough. The water in the basin will freeze and thaw off and on all winter, which will create cracks that will worsen each time. You should know that as durable as cast stone and concrete are, both materials can be ruined by Old Man Winter.
Is Storing an Option?
If you have a fountain that can be moved, and you have a garage or shed, it is ideal to store these art pieces. Even a smaller fountain can be brought in and stored in the basement. Before doing so, it is important that you clean it as you always would and dry it out prior to storing, especially if the protective space is not heated.
Do not leave the pump in it. This is the perfect time to give it a good scrubbing and it can be stored somewhere inside. A pump can easily be stored in a closet.
Not everyone has the luxury of storing their water feature in a protected environment. In this case you will empty and clean it long before there is risk of a freeze. You will need a fountain cover. It is important that the cover you choose is weatherproof. It must be able to stop rain, snow, and ice from getting inside, and it should be breathable, so if condensation does get inside, it is not permanently trapped.
You will also want to fill the basin or line the tiers with burlap or straw. These are materials that are extremely absorbent. If a hole somehow gets in the cover, or a tree branch falls and rips it somehow, these materials will absorb any moisture that is allowed inside. It is not a bad idea to check these materials periodically when it is sunny outside, and change if needed.
Importance of Keeping the Fountain Dry
Fountains are made to hold water and withstand most environmental elements. However, freezing water can do damage to even the most durable pieces. As you probably learned in school, water expands when it freezes. This can create cracks in the fountain which will cause it to leak in the future. Even the smallest cracks can ruin your fountain. Now, think about a small crack that is forced to deal with freezing liquid over and over, and you can just imagine how quickly it can turn into one that is quite large.
Lastly, keep your fountain free of plants, stones, rocks, grass cuttings, etc. These are things that can scratch the surface and cause rotting.