Garden water fountains need very little care. As long as you keep them clear of leaves and other debris, they will last a life time.
The pump, however, requires a little care and will benefit from a thorough clean at least once a year. Most owners of stone fountains choose to do this during the winter months. Garden fountains should be drained completely. Before you start, make sure the pump is switched off. A quick and simple way to make sure the pump is clear of any debris is to use a garden hose to flush water through it.
If a more thorough clean is necessary, remove the cover of the pump and take out its rotor, lifting it off the bearing pin. Clean the cover, the housing of the pump and the rotor with a brush and hot, soapy water. Rinse with clean water and replace the rotor, being very careful not to damage the bearing pin, and then finally replace the cover.
Generally, stone fountains can be left to run throughout a mild winter. Even when the weather is a little frosty, they generate enough heat via their pumps to stop the water that runs through them from freezing.
However, if the water in the bowl of any fountain freezes, this can damage the pump or even cause the fountain bowl to crack as the ice expands. So during a severe winter it is essential to switch off your stone fountains and to drain them.
This can be done by removing the cable nut in the fountain bowl. If you do not wish to cover the fountain, leave the nuts undone so that rainwater does not collect in the bowl and freeze when the temperature drops.
It is important to keep stone fountains clear of debris for the same reason. An alternative is to cover them. Some people find that using cling film is a simple way to keep the bowl of a fountain empty in freezing weather.
If you would like to find out more about stone fountains — either how to care for them or how to fit them — please browse our site or consult a member of our friendly team, who will be sure to provide you with just the information you need.