Antifreeze Protection For An Outdoor Wall Fountains
The outdoor wall fountains are not designed for use in freezing temperatures. It is best to store them during the winter, if possible. A garage, basement or shed are good storage locations, provided that the source is protected from frost. If your source is too heavy or too large to store indoors during the winter, be sure to take precautions before the first frost, to protect it from damage.
- Remove parts
If you cannot store the source inside the house during the winter, drain it completely. Remove the pump, the cork, the sewer pipe and other, small removable components and store them inside the house. Clean the pump and store it in a container with water to avoid the seals from drying out during the winter. Turn the bowl of the outdoor wall fountains upside down to stop water accumulation. If the water accumulate in any part of the source and subsequently be frozen, it will expand and break the power.
- Dry the
Thoroughly dry any source. Most of them can be left in times of frost since it is completely dry. Any moisture left when it freezes, can end in damage because any slightly porous material is susceptible to cracks and chips when the water expands along its surface as it freezes
- Protect Yourself
If you can get the source, place it on blocks or boards to prevent your base is frozen to the ground below. Cover the source material with absorbent such as towels or burlap and then wrap it tightly with heavy plastic. Tie the plastic with wire to keep it in place during the winter wind.
Most outdoor wall fountains are concrete or ceramic, which are porous materials. If the moisture to penetrate the concrete or ceramics and freeze, cracks are likely to occur. Check the cover source frequently to ensure that no tear or leak has developed, which could allow moisture to come to the source.