Just like we need to prepare for winter, our water features need that same kind of preparation and dedication. One question you need to ask yourself is if you’re going to leave your pump in for the winter or take it out? While it is okay to leave your pump in, we would strongly recommend taking the pump out for the winter as it will leave fewer complications during this time.
If you still want to enjoy the site and sound of your beloved waterfall during the winter then it’s quite alright to keep it running. You will have a bit of babysitting to do so this option is better for those who don’t vacation as often in the winter; here are some things to look out for.
If you didn’t know, water can still evaporate during the coldest of months so you will have to be filling up your pond in the dead of winter. You’ll also be filling up your pond more often because when the ice thickens on top of the pond, it’s decreasing the water volume. Some complications can go on in your pump as well; if left in, it can be likely that the smallest amount of water left in the pump chamber will freeze and damage or even break your pump. If the pump is running through the winter and the waterfalls freeze, this will cause ice dams to build up and as pretty as they are, this actually makes the amount of water in the pond decrease as well. But do not fret! Here are some Simple ways to make sure your pump stays safe this winter.
If you are taking your pump out, simply unplug everything and pull it out of the water. Once you take your pump out, take it apart and scrub it thoroughly so there’s no excess debris build up and it will be clean for you in the springtime. Make sure you take out the impeller and check it for any wear and tear or cracks. After you do this step, put the pump back together and store the pump in an above freezing garage or storage room so if there is any water left behind in the chamber, it won’t freeze and damage the guts of the pump. Once you have done these steps, take a look at our articles on de-icers and aerators to find some options to add oxygen into your pond during the winter.
All this preparation will help you in the long run by saving you time and money, but if you rather enjoy the beauty of your water feature during the winter feel free to do so! Just make sure you fill it every so often and stop by our shop for an aerator or de-icer; it’s always good to be safe than sorry!