Charlie, How To, Water Features

Winter can be a hard time for water features, in particular the ones that live outside. Follow this advice to protect your water feature against frost, so you’ll keep your fountain at its best for years to come.

How to Protect Water Features Against Frost

Never allow ice to form in your water feature. Ice forming can damage the pump and a deep freeze can even cause the structure of the water feature to crack in some cases. There are two ways you can achieve this, one is to simply pour the water out of your water feature when temperatures plummet and store it, perhaps with the help of a water feature cover. The other way is to use Fountain Frost Free from Primrose. Treating your water with this will prevent ice from forming and is not harmful to birds or wildlife, making it great for bird baths and ponds too. Fountain Frost Free works to as cold as -6 degrees, so in the UK climate you’re unlikely to have any problems – if you’re living somewhere with a really deep freeze however, it would be advisable to drain your water feature instead.

With birdbaths, it is particularly important to clear away any snow and not to allow ice to form, as this can prevent the bird getting access to the drinking water. You can simply break the ice when it forms, or use Fountain Frost Free – used in the correct quantities, this leaves the water perfectly safe for birds to drink from.

Follow this simple advice and you’ll be sure to have a pristine water feature and pump next spring.

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George, How To, Water Features

Concerns about power sources and the safety of electricity around water are key for people choosing a water feature. There are various different power options available and garden water fountains are safe for general use.

Do Water Features Need Electricity

Do water features need electricity?

Yes, water features need electricity to pump the water round. Water features can be wired into the mains or solar powered. Many do not need to be plumbed into mains water and simply run off an internal reservoir.

Mains powered water features

Water fountains running on mains electricity can be placed almost anywhere in your garden, depending on the length of the cable. Of course, you can use outdoor extension leads if the supplied cable is not long enough for your desired location. Run the cable to an outdoor plug or a socket inside a shed or garage, then you can switch on your water feature whenever you desire or leave it running all the time. You can even bury the wiring underground, just be sure to use armoured cable trunking to prevent digging into it.

Solar powered water features

As well as being eco-friendly, the main benefit of solar water fountains is that they are completely self contained and free from cables. They take in sunlight through a panel which is either built in or placed beside the feature, and use this to power the flow of water. In order to run, these water features do need to be in direct sunlight, which may limit where you can place them in the garden. It’s also important to note that they do not usually store power, so the water will only be pumped round while the sun is out.

So whichever model you choose, your water feature will need a supply of electricity to keep the fluid pumping round. But you have the option of wiring your fountain into the mains power source or have it powered by the sun’s energy.

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