tips to care for water features in winter

4 Tips to Help You and Your Clients Care for Water Features During the Winter

Many of us are right in the thick of winter. The elements are in full force, and if you’re not amidst snow, your’e likely experiencing some rain or at the very least, cooler temperatures.

All of these things can affect your water features, new or old.

If you’re building a new water feature, or if you or a client of yours has not yet winterized an existing water feature, it’s not too late to protect it from harsh winter elements.

We have put together a few tips that will help you care for your water features for the remaining cold months, until you’re ready to showcase them again in warmer temperatures.

1. Dry Out Your Water Feature. The best way to protect concrete fountain or pool water bowls and water fountains is to drain them and let them dry before water is able to freeze in the porous material. Surface sealants can also be used to avoid water seeping into the holes.

Every now and then you’ll get a sunny winter day, or a semi-warm temperature, depending on where you live. If you’re in a state that stays relatively warm, you’re sure to come across a day like this. Otherwise, take advantage of any decent weather you have to dry out your water features. If you haven’t already drained, dried, and cleaned your water feature, now is the time.

2. Clear out the interior of the water feature. Either wipe out, or blow out water features like pool scuppers, spouts, and bowls to keep any additional water from freezing in them.

3. Clean the exterior of the water feature. Clear debris and wipe with a damp sponge. If even the slightest amount of water will freeze from a sponge onto a water feature, especially a metal one with a finish on it, you may try using a microfiber cloth to wipe off excess water, ice, or dirt and dust.

4. Cover the water feature(s) if possible. Covering any water feature will help them last longer and keep their color or metal finish. Store or cover pumps as well.

It’s always a good idea to repeat these steps as-needed throughout the winter to best care for your water features. f you have questions about keeping your water feature protected for winter, or about which water feature is best for you, let us know. We’re here to help!