1. Drain the Fountain: Before freezing temperatures set in, thoroughly drain the fountain to prevent water from freezing and causing damage.
2. Remove the Pump: Take out the fountain pump and store it indoors. This prevents potential damage to the pump from freezing water.
3. Cover or Wrap the Fountain: Consider covering or wrapping the fountain, especially if it’s made of materials vulnerable to extreme cold. This provides an additional layer of protection.
4. Use a Fountain Heater: If the fountain is too large to move or draining is impractical, utilize a fountain heater to prevent freezing.
5. Protect the Fountain Basin: Insulate the basin or reservoir with materials like styrofoam or blankets to provide extra insulation.
6. Avoid Salt-Based Deicers: If deicers are necessary, avoid those containing salt, as it can damage the fountain’s materials. Opt for glycerin-based deicers instead.
7. Regular Inspection: Periodically inspect the fountain during cold spells. If ice forms, gently melt it with warm water. Avoid using force or sharp tools to prevent damage.
8. Regular Cleaning: Before winter, clean the fountain thoroughly to remove debris. This helps prevent potential issues during freezing temperatures.
9. Consider Indoor Storage: If possible, move smaller fountain components indoors during winter for optimal protection.
10. Professional Maintenance: If you have uncertainties about the best winterization practices for your specific fountain, consult with a professional. They can provide tailored guidance based on your fountain’s design and materials.
If you have any questions or need further assistance, feel free to contact our team at Pittet Architecturals. ⛲️