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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