Repairing a Leaking Plastic or Resin Water Fountain

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A plastic or resin water fountain is a beautiful water feature indoors or out. The relaxing bubbling sounds can be cut short if the fountain suffers damage from impacts, accidents or climate changes and begins to leak. A handy homeowner can fix the founta

Repairing a Leaking Plastic or Resin Water Fountain

Homeowners, gardeners and decorators use plastic water fountains in place of heavy stone fountains to reduce costs and weight. Water fountains add a decorative touch to gardens and patios along with other indoor and outdoor spaces. Fountain manufacturer’s use plastic to make detailed, large or intricate fountain sculptures that are durable and long lasting.

Leaving water in a fountain, as temperatures drop below the freezing mark can cause the outdoor fountain to crack from the expansion of the water. Plastic fountains can also crack from impact damage or an accidental strike or dropping the fountain while moving it from area to another. Cracked fountains will not work properly and can be a danger if the fountain is electrically powered. Thankfully, a cracked fountain can be repaired and restored to a usable condition without losing its beauty.

Repairing the Fountain

If the water fountain has an electrically-powered pump or filter, remove the plug from the socket or if the fountain is hard-wired, turn off the breaker. Never work on electrically powered items while they are getting juice because you run the risk of a severe shock, injury or even death.

Check hoses and connections. If the hose or connector is leaking, remove the hose and replace it with a hose in the same size. If the hoses are not the issue continue your examination and repair below.

Look closely at the fountain to find the point at which the water is leaking. Begin the examination along seams and joints, which are mostly likely to separate and crack.

Empty all of the water from the inside of the fountain and the collection basin.

Fill a pail with warm water and add 1 teaspoon of dish washing soap. Stir the water to blend the ingredients.

Submerge a scrub brush or nylon scrubbing pad into the cleaning solution and scrub the fountain, concentrating on the cracked or damaged area.

Rinse off the soapy residue with plain water.

Wipe the fountain dry with an absorbent rag and let the fountain air dry until it dries completely. You can set a handheld blow dryer on a cool setting and aim the cool air at the damaged or cracked areas to speed the drying process.

Place a tube of exterior-grade, paintable, silicone sealant into a caulking gun.

Run a bead of sealant over the cracked or damaged area.

Firmly press the sealant into the damaged area with a thin blade putty knife.

Let the patch dry for a few hours, until the silicone is no longer tacky.

Run a second bead of sealant over the cracked or damaged area and spread the sealant over the crack. Spread the sealant equally to both sides of the crack while pressing down firmly to gain proper adhesion.

Let the patch dry for a few hours, until the silicone is no longer tacky.

Match the fountain color to paint. Apply paint over the repair to blend it into the fountain and make the repair unnoticeable.

Let the sealer set for 24 to 48 hours before filling the fountain.

Outdoor Water Fountain Tips

Empty all water out of the fountain before the temperature dips below 32 degrees Fahrenheit.

If the fountain is moveable, store it in a shed or garage over the cold, winter months.

If the fountain cannot be moved, drape a tarp over and secure it to protect the fountain.