Cement fountains are well-known for their durability. However, some of them may develop small cracks and crumbles that call for immediate repairs. Depending on the temperament of where you live and where the fountain is located (outside or inside) the degradation time of the fountain may vary significantly. For example, someone who lives in a cold state with significant weather patterns might need to repair their fountain every 2-5 years, while someone living where weather is more consistent like Mission Viejo CA should need fountain repair as much.
Although cement fountain repairs aren’t too difficult to do, it would be best to hire a water fountain repair specialist to fix them. We also suggest hiring a specialize pond and fountain filtration repair service within the Mission Viejo CA area if you are experiencing any issues with your water features beyond your capacity.
Here are a few tips to help you fix your broken cement fountain.
Materials And Things You’ll Need
Brushes (a wide brush, a regular paintbrush and a stiff paintbrush)
Plastic trowel and spoon
To start with, turn off your fountain pump. Use the cup to remove any standing water. Next, use a towel to dry the fountain.
Thoroughly clean the areas to be repaired with a brush. You need to remove all dust and debris from the area, in order to prepare it for sealing.
Try to remove all particles of broken concrete. Use the stiff paintbrush to remove concrete dust. If you find it difficult, consider asking for professional help. Water fountain repair experts can effectively remove all cement dust.
Mix the content of the two concrete epoxy tubes on a paper plate. Use the plastic spoon to mix these compounds. One of the substances is a hardener and the other one is a bonding agent. You’ll know you’ve done a good job when the color of the patching agent will become consistent. Once you’re done, proceed to the next stage of the process.
There’s no time to wait, because the epoxy will harden, making the task more and more difficult to achieve.
Apply the epoxy to the cracks, making sure you fill them to the surface level. Use the plastic trowel to level up the concrete epoxy. This is a fairly easy job, but it demands a certain level of concentration and a little practice.
Use as much epoxy as needed to fill all cracks on the figurine and on the fitting areas. Keep the figurine in place with one hand, and use your other hand to wrap it around the fountain. Try to make at least one complete revolution.
Allow the epoxy to harden for one day before removing the tape.
Apply a concrete sealer on the fountain to protect it from UV rays. By sealing off the surface, you can have the peace of mind that the concrete won’t absorb water.
Allow one full day for the sealant to dry before turning on your water pump. All surfaces should be dry and perfectly sealed by the time water touches them.
This is the basic process of repairing a broken cement water fountain. Should you encounter any difficulties, consider contacting a professional before you worsen the situation. Fixing a broken cement fountain can be a DIY job, but it isn’t necessarily an easy one.
We service both commercial and residential properties in the Mission Viejo area. From fountain filtration, pumps, maintenance, construction, to complete landscape renovations contact Koi Pros for a free quote today (714) 613-0123