Prepping Concrete Statuary & Fountains for Winter

The best method to protect all cement products from winter damage is to take them inside a shed, garage or basement for the winter. Keeping them away from the freezing and thawing cycles of winter will help your fountain last for years. Unfortunately not all cement products
are easy to move and many people do not have inside storage facilities available. For the situations where the cement products must stay outside for the winter, start preparing you planter, fountain, birdbath, or statue for winter storage during the spring or summer.

Natural aging and weathering may open little cracks in the paint or sealer, allowing water to penetrate into the cement. Applying a clear concrete sealer in the spring, every two or three years, will help to prevent water from penetrating into the concrete. Repainting or touching up damaged areas will also help prevent water penetration. Protecting cement products from water and ice is the most important part of winter prevention.

If you must leave your fountain, or other cement products, outside for the winter, remove the pump and statue. Drain the bowl and let it completely dry before the first frost. Fill the bowl, after it is completely dry, with burlap bags or blankets to absorb any water that may still be in the bowl or that may accidentally accumulate in the bowl during the winter. The burlap will also shield the bowl from the sun.s heat during the winter, preventing the freezing and thawing cycles during the day. If possible turn the bowl upside down for the winter. Cover the entire fountain with a heavy-duty plastic that will not tear easily during the winter. Secure the
plastic with heavy-duty twine. You have now protected your fountain for the winter season.


  1. Great tips to get us prepared for the loooong MN winter (that seems to be heading our way very shortly!). One thing I would like to add though, whatever kind of sealer/paint you use on a birdbath make sure it is non-toxic as it can leach into the water the birds drink. Happy Nesting!

  2. Great tip, thanks CzaMama. We want to make sure the birdies are safe and sound!