Always operate your fountain with the pump fully submerged in water. Do not let pump run dry. Low water levels in your fountain may cause pump burnout. You will need to add water daily due to the design, wind, evaporation, and splash. Fountain should be turned off anytime you plan on being gone for several hours.
Keep fountain clean. Remove leaves and debris that may enter the fountain. Do not use a chlorine-based product to control the growth of algae; they can damage the fountain’s finish. Use a less harsh water clarifier and algaecide that can be purchased from your local garden center or swimming pool supply store. Products that contain natural enzymes which safely break down organic contaminants can also be used. Natural enzymes are not a chemical and may take longer to work but are safe for pets and wildlife. Follow the directions printed on the bottle.
Aquatic plants and fish are not recommended in your fountain. Plant roots will clog the pump and most ornamental fountains are not deep enough to support fish. In both cases there will be extra cleaning.
Stone, glass, mosaic, concrete, solar, and ceramic bird baths are susceptible to damage as freezing temperatures can cause these materials to expand and crack. Metal, resin, and plastic bird baths are typically impervious to freeze damage and most suitable for the winter use.
A bird bath heater can prevent water from freezing, eliminating the need to store or cover most birdbaths.
Leaving bird baths outdoors empty during winter can allow ice to form inside the top, which can damaging the finish and possibly crack it when the ice expands. If it’s not possible to store indoors – garage or shed, turn the top over so water will not collect: do not allow the pedestal to sit in a pool of ice or freeze to the ground.
In spring, empty the bird bath and thoroughly sterilize it with a weak bleach solution to start the season with a clean, healthy basin for birds to drink from. Repeat weekly until winter.
Ideally, all outdoor containers should be stored indoors for the winter even if made of materials that withstand the elements; extra protection will extend their life.
- Remove any plant material and soil.
- Wash the inside with soap & water.
- If left outdoors, flip empty pots over, drainage holes up and use bricks or pot feet to keep raised above the ground.
- Pots that remain planted should be wrapped with layers of bubble wrap to insulate the pot and plant roots.
- Terra cotta is especially susceptible to cracking due to its porous nature and should be stored If they can’t be moved indoors, raise them off the ground & cover with a tarp.
- Other porous materials included cast stone, concrete and ceramic.
- Materials that can withstand a freeze or wood, metal & plastic.
Most statuary is made of cast stone or concrete. If it can’t be stored indoors, raise off the ground and cover with waterproof tarp.