How Do You Secure A Water Fountain?

Most of the fountains are much heavier than you think. Still, you need to secure them so that the wind or anything else will not tip them over or move them from their places. But how do you secure a water fountain?

The way of securing a fountain varies based on whether it’s a garden or indoor fountain or whether it’s a pond fountain. Indoor or garden fountains can be secured with silicone moldings. On the other hand, you can secure a pond fountain with mooring lines or anchors.

Today I’m discussing these securing processes in more detail. If you read the entire article, you will learn that the securing systems are not as complicated as they sound.

How Do You Secure A Water Fountain?

Securing an indoor or a garden fountain does not require much. You can add some silicone moldings and get away with it. However, securing a pond fountain needs some extra work, and you can do it in various ways.

But before you set out to secure your pond fountain, make sure it is set up in the correct location. The water level should be enough to allow the motor to create proper water circulation. If you have a large pond, it is better to use a large water fountain. And if you have a smaller pond, a small fountain will be ideal.

1. Securing With Mooring Lines

When installing a pond fountain, you will need the mooring lines. Either it will come with the fountain package, or you have to buy them separately. You will need two stainless cables with mooring lines attached to them and stakes or duckbill anchors to secure the lines to the ground.

Once you use the mooring lines and stakes to secure the fountain, it will not move from its fixed location. And don’t worry about the lines’ visibility. Even if you are securing the cable ends on the ground on either side of the fountain, most of the lines will be underwater and barely visible.

2. Securing With Anchoring

Mooring may not always be the right option to secure a pond water fountain. Some users may not prefer the method. Most importantly, the mooring will not work if the pond is too deep.

You can anchor a pond fountain using two methods-

  • Concrete Blocks
  • Shoreline Methods

Concrete blocks are similar to duckbill anchors, except you will be tying lines to the anchor rather than installing it at the bottom of the pond. These anchors will be placed exactly opposite each other around the fountain so that the water fountain will stay in its place.

The rope to secure the fountain to the blocks should be one-eighth to one-quarter inches thick. The anchors will have to be at least eight feet apart if the pond is small. On the other hand, if you are anchoring in a large pond, the distance should be at least twenty feet. To reach the anchoring spot, you will need to take a boat.

Shoreline anchoring is a simple yet effective method. Here you tie a rope or connect one end of a cable to the fountain. Then keeping the fountain at the pond’s shore and tying the other end to a stake, you place the stake deeper into the ground.

Then you again tie another cable to the fountain, walk around the other side of the pond and stake it on the ground. Repeat the whole process as many times as you need it. Remember that each line should be set opposite to each other to ensure the security of the water fountain.

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The video will help to know how do you secure a water fountain in detail.

How Do You Install A Water Fountain?

Securing an outdoor water fountain is pretty much the same technique as installing it. But you need to pay attention to every fountain part and installation method so that nothing goes wrong. And the right way is mentioned below to do it.

1. Keep The Electrical System Close

The fountain has to be located at a place where the electrical outlet is the closest. If you are using an underground connection, you have to dig a trench.

Use a shovel to dig the trench. It should be between the fountain and the outlet. The depth of the trench needs to be enough for holding the PVC pipe, where all the electrical cords will be.

2. Dig For The Bucket

Now it’s time to dig again, but this time you have to dig for a bucket. The hole you will dig must fit a five-gallon bucket. And the bucket lip will be rising an inch above the ground.

Once you have dug the hole, cut an inch and half slit on the bucket’s lip. You can use a knife to do that, or you can do it with your hand. This slit will provide enough space for the cord to go through. Now place the clean bucket in that hole.

3. Drill And Prepare The Saucer

Take a 12-14 inches saucer and mark its center. Then drill that marked area with a ¾” drill bit. This is for better water tubing.

Now drill a few more holes at the bottom part of the saucer. They should let the water to flow back to the bucket. Finally, drill a few holes at the bottom of a pot again.

4. Clean and Rinse

Before you set everything up in place, make sure they are cleaned thoroughly. Rinse the saucer and the pots so that any remaining dirt or dust washes away. Otherwise, they will end up jamming the fountain’s motor.

Then place the fountain motor on clean rocks placed inside the fountain bucket. And then using the slit you have made earlier, pull the motor’s cord through that slit.

5. Attach The Tubing

The tubing should be threaded through the pump and the saucer’s bottom central holes. Now fill the bucket with water. Afterward, place the saucer above the bucket.

6. Thread The Tubing

Now you can thread the tubing system through the hole you made at the center of the pot. Now place the pot above the saucer and fill it with some rocks. The rocks will help hold the tubing straight.

Now cut the tubing so that it will make the fountain’s tubing even with the rim of the fountain pot. Finally, attach the nozzles at the tubing’s ends and turn on the fountain.

Now you must check this video to know about the installation process of a outdoor water fountain which will help you to securing as well as maintaining a water fountain.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. How Do I Secure A Leaked Fountain?

If you notice that your fountain is leaking water, try to spot the crack first. To do that, you can let the fountain sit for a few days.

If there is a crack, the area will turn white. Use silicone II to cover the inside of the cracked area. And always keep your fountain three-fourth full.

Q. How Often Should I Refill My Water Fountain?

If you have installed the fountain outdoors, the refilling will be based on how frequently the water is evaporated. If the weather is warm, you will have to refill it more often than when it’s not. But make sure to keep the basin filled with enough water. Otherwise, the motor will be damaged quickly.

Q. How Long Does A Fountain Last?

The foundation’s durability depends on multiple factors. First of all, it depends on the material used to make the water fountain. And secondly, it depends on how well you are maintaining it.

Water fountains made of fiberglass, cast iron, and ceramic are among the most durable ones. They can last many years. And then comes the maintenance.

You need to clean the fountain motor or water pump regularly. Any dirt and debris the fountain basin gathers should be removed before they jam the pump.

Q. Will My Water Fountain Create Too Much Noise?

Your fountain’s noise level will depend on its type and size. A small fountain creates little noise, whereas a large fountain can end up making a roaring sound.

Also, if the water level is less than it should have been, the fountain will create an irritating sound. If you are worried about the fountain’s noise, consult an expert before purchasing one.

Q. How Can I Protect My Outdoor Fountain?

Outdoor fountains need protection during both winter and summer or any other season. The blowing wind brings all sorts of dust, dirt, and debris and jams the fountain. Besides, if the wind is too strong, it will cause the fountain to move.

And then, during winter, frozen basins or pond water can create cracks around the pump and fountain body. So, my advice would be to purchase the fountains with solid and durable materials. Moreover, keep the fountain indoors during the winter to prevent it from cracking.


Fountains are always a stunning addition to your home. Whether you are installing it in the garden or on the pond, securing the fountain should be one of your top priorities.

How do you secure a water fountain? As you have read already, the method will depend on the fountain size, type, and where you are installing it. Nevertheless, a well-secured and maintained fountain will provide you with its aesthetic beauty for a long time. So maintain it well and always reach out for help if needed.