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How To Seal An Outdoor Fountain Leak

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19/07/2018
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If an outdoor fountain has cracks, it can cause leaks!

If you’ve got a crack and are searching for how to seal a fountain leak this post will help!  An outdoor water fountain can be in a variety of different shapes and sizes, and made of many different materials, which gives you the ability to tailor it to go with your landscape or garden. Over a period of time, your fountain can become chipped or even cracked, due to the weather and several other forces of nature.  To fix leaks you should use an outdoor fountain sealant and the right application process to repair your fountain.

Epoxy or Silicone Sealant for Water Leaks 

If cracks are caught early enough, they can be repaired, keeping them from becoming worse, or totally UN-repairable.  The material that is used to repair a fountain will naturally depend on what the fountain was initially made with. Epoxy-based materials for patching generally will work best for fountains made from concrete, and fountains made from metal or fiberglass work well with a waterproof silicone, or similar fillers.

What You Will Need To Seal The Fountain:

  • Chisel or a similar brush
  • Stiff bristled brush
  • Caulking gun, which is optional.
  • An Epoxy patching compound, concrete sealant or silicone sealant or another similar concrete sealant material.

Using Sealant To Fix A Fountain Leak

Steps to seal your outdoor fountain leak:

1. Drain The Fountain:

All the water will need to be drained from the fountain, after turning off the water pump. Let the fountain sit without any water in it for 1 week, making certain that both the fountain, as well as the crack itself are thoroughly dry.

Make a note of all cracks to be repaired. The smaller cracks might be harder to detect while the fountain is still wet, so wait until it is dry and check for cracks again. The smaller cracks are going to show-up white when the fountain is dry, if the fountain is made of concrete.

2. Clean Up The Cracks

The cracks need to be cleaned using a stiff brush to get any dirt or debris out which might be trapped. If dirt is left inside of the cracks it can prevent any sealant used from bonding as it should to the fountain.

Using a chisel open the cracks just enough that there will be enough room for the sealant to penetrate. Any tool will work in a pinch. However, never apply excess force to open a crack, as it can create more damage. Once the cracks have been opened they need to be brushed one more time to be certain all the debris is out.

3. Prepare Your Sealant Material

Get the sealant material ready to use. When using epoxy-based patch compound, mix-up the components and let them cure. When using a silicone-based sealant, place the sealant tube into the caulking gun.

Being careful to fill the cracks completely, apply the sealant. Using a putty knife or something similar, help the sealant go into the cracks and make certain each of the cracks gets covered.

The sealant needs to dry completely. After it is dry, it may need to be sanded, in order for the surfaces to line up with the fountain. Now you apply waterproof concrete sealant or if desired, paint.

4. Re-fill The Fountain With Water

Now the fountain can be refilled, and the pump turned on again. The fountain will need to be closely monitored for a while to make sure there are no leaks left behind. If there are leaks, it means that a few more cracks will need to be filled, or it could be that there is a leak in the pump itself or the plumbing of the fountain.

Professional Outdoor Water Fountain Repair & Resurfacing

If you’re struggling to seal the cracks, don’t have the tools, or the time to repair your outdoor water fountain, give the professional water fountain repair and resurfacing experts at All Kote Lining, Inc a call today at 480-966-4446.  We will find the cracks in your outdoor fountain and seal them so your water fountain runs trouble free for many years to come.

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Concrete Sealants For Outdoor Water Fountains

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06/12/2017
Concrete Sealants For Outdoor Water Fountains

If you’re Googling “Concrete Water Fountain Sealer“ you are most likely repairing or resurfacing an outdoor concrete water fountain and now looking for Fountain Sealant.  Many times water fountains begin to leak from cracks in concrete.  These cracks develop due to fluctuations in temperature, age, poor quality concrete, and harsh chemicals used to keep the water clean. Concrete water fountain sealer can help prevent cracks from spreading and add an extra layer of protection on your water fountain.

Why Seal Outdoor Concrete Water Fountains?

The water features in your landscape give you and your visitors a place of peace to sit and relax.  To keep these outdoor fountains working and in good condition it does take some regular maintenance.  A big part of maintaining and extending the life of your water fountain is sealing the concrete with quality coatings.

Preserving The Concrete

Concrete naturally is porous and water can seep into the structure and cause it erosion or cracking.  When water makes it into the center of concrete it comes in contact with metal rebar.  This process can cause oxidation, rust, and cause the concrete to expand and fall apart. This process is know as spalling.  When a quality waterproof barrier is coated inside the water fountain it prevents the water from seeping into the concrete.

Preserving The Appearance

Concrete water fountains are many times painted or stained to have exciting and colorful designs.  A quality coating goes a long way to help preserve vibrant colors and designs.  Much of the color in water fountains is eroded away the same way the concrete is, with direct contact with water.  Water used in fountains is many times treated with chemicals that keep the water clean such as chlorine.  Even without extra chemicals water used in our public water supply carries chemicals that keep it clean and these chemicals can wear away at the colors and concrete.

Outdoor Fountain Sealant Types

Acrylic concrete sealers dry in less than a day and resist yellowing like other types of sealants.  They do however need to be reapplied about every other year.  Solvent based sealants do last several years but do have the drawbacks of tendency to yellow and not always being safe for potential aquatic life in your fountain such as fish.  Yellowing from solvent based sealants causes your fountain to look older, dirty, and worn much more quickly.  For the most durable and longest lasting coating epoxy based coatings are some of the best.  Ensure if you plan to have fish in your fountain that you bring it up with your local concrete sealant company.

Concrete Sealing Process

Before the sealant is applied your water fountain coating specialist will drain your water fountain.  The sealants cannot be applied with water in the fountain.  Once the water is drained the fountain can be cleaned completely so the new sealant will adhere correctly.  All of the grime, scum, moss, and dirt should be removed completely during this cleaning.  The fountain should be completely dry before any sealants are applied, this time frame varies on how hot it is and there is any precipitation.

Concrete Sealant Applications

There are two main application methods, hand application and spray application.  Hand application is much like painting with rollers and brushes.  Spray application does take a steady hand and technicians start at the top and work their way down over the structure.  Either way the coat should be an even layer.  It is critical to give the sealant enough time to full dry before filling it with water again.

Phoenix Valley Water Fountain Sealing Service

If you own a water fountain at your residential or commercial property and would like to preserve the look and longevity of it, we can help!  All Kote Lining, Inc. understands the proper way to preserve concrete structures in a wide variety of applications including resurfacing concrete water fountains.  We can help clean up the appearance and apply a coating that will help stop leaks from cracks and preserve the look of your water fountain.  For more information please give us a call at 480-966-4446.

What Is The Best Concrete Sealer?

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02/10/2017
What Is The Best Concrete Sealer

Both homeowners and industrial facilities have concrete floors, walls, and sometimes ceilings.  Protecting the condition of these structural elements is a priority of any property owner.  This leaves people asking, “What is the best concrete sealer?”.  The purpose of this post is to help you understand what options are out there, who installs concrete sealers, and how to choose the best one.

Types of Concrete Sealers

There are various types of concrete sealers made from different chemicals. But which is the most durable and longest lasting?  Whether its just a driveway or if you have a commercial property that’s used for industrial processes the floors need to last and be protected.  See below for the details on all of the concrete sealer options.

Acrylic Concrete Sealers

Acrylics are applied to create a thin protective film on the surface of the concrete.  They are available in water based and solvent based formulations.  Acrylics are widely used on the interior and exterior of concrete when ease of application and budget are the primary concerns.   Dry time is about an hour so it is a favorite of some industries.  While acrylic is a great budget option it does not last as long as epoxy or polyurethanes.  This leads to more regular maintenance and needing several coats of was or floor finisher.

Epoxy Concrete Sealers

Epoxy concrete sealers create a high build protective film on the surface of the concrete.  Usually comprised of two chemicals mixed just prior to application they are excellent for high-traffic floors.  Epoxy coatings can have pigment added if desired by the property owner and typically epoxy has a glossy finish.  Epoxy sealers offer a long-wearing, hard, abrasion-resistant coating.  It is excellent at repelling water and being a durable solution.

Penetrating Concrete Sealers

Penetrating concrete sealers include siliconates, silanes, silicates, and silxanes.  These options penetrate the surface of the concrete and shield against moisture by reacting and bonding with chemicals inside the concrete.  These are incredibly popular for colder weather areas where concrete is outdoors and exposed to damage from freezing and thawing.  These coatings provide an invisible layer of protection that does not change the surface of the concrete.  Excellent for outdoor concrete applications and delivers a degree of breathability which allows moisture to evaporate.

Polyurethane Concrete Sealers

Much like epoxy coatings polyurethane sealers create a high build protective film on the surface of the concrete.  Commonly used in high traffic areas and even used on concrete countertops these sealants are available in a wide range of colors and sheen levels.  Polyurethane offers a sealant layer which is twice as thick as acrylic sealers.  These coatings are abrasion resistant, repel moisture, and chemical resistant.

The Best Concrete Sealer

Clearly there are some great concrete sealant options in the market for industrial facilities.  Which is best will depend on the traffic of the facility, but most need to minimize maintenance and downtime.  This means that popular concrete sealer options are those that last longer and provide a more abrasion resistant surface.  This protects the concrete as its driven over by vehicles, forklifts, and other industrial equipment.  For the best choice for your industrial concrete structure please contact All Kote Lining, Inc.  We are the Phoenix Valley’s source for concrete sealing, cooling tower maintenance, and chiller maintenance.