Just before I left for the beach in August I was forced to shut down my large patio fountain because it was leaking like a sieve. I was adding six or eight gallons of water to it every day.
A few years ago, hairline cracks developed in the main bowl.
I used epoxy to seal them which seemed to do the trick for a year or two. At the end of last season I noticed some slight dripping again from the base. When I opened the fountain in June, naturally it was still leaking but I kept an eye on the level and added water as needed.
Time is at a premium around here and I was anxious to have all aspects of the patio up and running for the height of garden season. In retrospect it was the wrong decision. Once the fountain was drained, close inspection revealed numerous additional hairline cracks.
The fountain is the focal point of my patio. Although still imposing even when empty, I have no desire to turn it into a large succulent planter.
Or an elaborate bed for the resident feline flea bag who has apparently already decided otherwise.
I want a fountain. Water is soothing. Even a gurgle somehow manages to block out background noise and rinse the burdens of a stressful day away.
So what do I do? Patching what I can see with epoxy seems like another temporary fix. Should I call in a concrete contractor? What if I just painted the whole lower bowl with a concrete sealer like Thompson's Water Seal? Any and all advice is welcome.