There’s nothing spookier than a water feature that isn’t running properly. By following these simple care guidelines, you’ll be able to keep your water feature in tip-top shape throughout the winter. Remember to unplug your water feature before performing any maintenance to keep everyone safe.
- As the leaves continue to fall and windstorms happen frequently in the Pacific Northwest, it’s important to keep your water feature and pump clear of debris. Make sure the water basin, pump, and skimmer (if you have a ponding feature), is cleaned out regularly. This is especially important if you choose to run your water feature year-round.
- Bird netting can be installed over ponding features and removed once surrounding deciduous trees and shrubs have lost all their leaves.
- If you live in a milder climate like the Pacific Northwest, you can run your water feature year around even through frost and snow.
- As ice builds up, gently break it off so water can continue to run freely.
- Running your water feature year around prevents your water from becoming stagnant and attracting unwanted pests.
- If you choose to let your water feature run through the winter, you’ll want to check the water level often and re-fill as necessary.
- Never let the pump run dry and always ensure that it is fully submerged.
- If you have a ponding water feature and you live in a climate where freezing temperatures occur for long stretches of time, you may consider either a) turning off and winterizing your water feature or b) getting a pond heater to prevent the build-up of ice.
Planning to turn off your water feature in the winter? Follow these steps to properly winterize it.
- Unplug the pump from the power outlet.
- Disconnect the pump from the tubing and place the pump in a bucket for storage.
- Place your pump somewhere inside where it will be protected from freezing temperatures.
- Drain all water from the feature.
- Remove and clean the filter with a spray hose.
- Cover your water feature with a tarp or other covering and secure down. This will protect your water feature from accumulating leaves, twigs, and other debris.
Do you plan to winterize your water feature or leave it running? Leave us a comment, we’d love to hear from you!