In seasonal climates and severe winter regions, outdoor water fountains should be transported to your garage or shed to prevent cracking and freezing. Before the temps drop below freezing, make sure all the water is drained out of your fountain. This is the most important thing you can do. Also, remove the pump if possible and store it indoors for the winter. Take the opportunity to get your pump cleaned thoroughly so debris, algae and dirt don't sit in your pump all winter. If it is a tiered fountain, you can somtimes disassemble them to store.
Should removing the garden fountain from the outdoors prove to be too great of an undertaking, drain the outdoor fountain completely, dry it with a non-abrasive cloth and place a garden fountain cover over it as a protective shield from the weather. Outdoor fountain covers are waterproofed and UV stabilized and will have a drawstring at the bottom for ultimate protection. If you don't plan to cover your fountain, you must put some type of blanket, towel or other absorbent material in the basin of your fountain and the tiers. Water must not get in the fountain and freeze as it will cause the fountain to crack. These simple steps will protect your outdoor fountain and ensure it will last many years.
Spring will come soon enough, and you can look forward to enjoying your outdoor water fountain once again for many months to follow.