Winter Care- Cast Stone Fountains and Birdbaths

Fountains and Birdbaths

It is very important for you to protect your cast stone fountain and birdbath from the freeze-thaw cycle during the winter months. Cast Stone fountains and décor that can collect water, should not be left outside when temperatures dip down to freezing. Any cast stone component that can hold water and freeze has the potential to crack and crumble. Components such as fountain pedestals which remain in a basin/pool can also crack or crumble. Ideally a fountain should be stored indoors or in a dry protected place such as a covered porch or garage that is away from the elements.

If you are unable to bring your fountain indoors, follow the following tips:

  1. Remove the pump, drain pipes, stoppers, finials, and other smaller components and store inside. The stoppers and/or drain pipes are removed to allow moisture to drain in the event water gets into the basin.
  2. It is recommended that you raise the fountain base or any garden accent that will be left outdoors, from the ground. Use wood strips so the base does not freeze to the ground surface.
  3. Use old blankets and towels inside the bowls to absorb any moisture. Properly dry out the fountain including all crevices. It is strongly recommended to cover your cast stone fountain with a waterproof fountain cover. If you do not have a fountain cover, you can cover your fountain or birdbath with waterproof plastic. It is essential that you make sure that moisture will not accumulate in the basin or other fountain components and freeze.
  4. Make sure that this plastic will stay on the garden accents by securing it with rope or other material. If you are using a cover, make sure it fits properly and is taut.  This ensures that snow and water will not pool on the fountain cover.
  5. It is important to check the fountain periodically to make sure the plastic and/or cover is secure and water is not accumulating in any fountain components.

Concrete, including cast stone concrete, is slightly porous. This allows moisture to absorb into the fountain. In freezing temperatures, this moisture can freeze. Since there is very little room to expand, the moisture can cause small cracks or chips. It can also lead to the paint peeling.