in the Winter
Itís hard to give definitive answers to questions about winter and
fountains because there are both subtle and major differences in our
models and their ability to withstand the elements.
That said, here are some general guidelines to follow:
your area gets cold enough at night to leave a layer of ice at the
top of your base, as long as it melts during the day you have
nothing to worry about. It
is important, however, to turn the fountain off at night or on
below-freezing days to keep ice from forming on fountain surfaces.
Ice accumulation could bend, crack or break the fountain.
Itís also wise to keep your water level high so that your
pump is protected from freezing.
your area gets and stays cold enough to create ice during the day
and stay frozen, you
should consider draining it or bringing it inside.
you drain it, you may want to place rocks on the fountainís legs
to keep it from blowing over in the wind.
your area gets cold enough to create ice during the day, it stays
frozen AND gets more than an occasional
snow, you should either (a) drain it and protect it from the weight
of snow and ice as you would a prized shrub, e.g. build a frame and
cover it with a tarp or plastic; or (b) bring it inside.
mind though, that these are general instructions.
When in doubt, itís better to protect your fountain than take
chances with weather damage!