RV antifreeze in my ponds?

Discussion in 'Water Features' started by xtreem3d, Jan 6, 2013.

  1. xtreem3d

    xtreem3d LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 801

    Does anyone know if RV antifreeze would hurt the pumps in a couple pond.fountains I have? I prefer to keep them running year round, no fish or plants,
  2. tadpole

    tadpole LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,221

    I would contact one of the pump.manufacturers. My concern would be the effect that the anti-freeze would have on the seals. I do know that it is poisonous to animals. You might want to take that into consideration also. Don't want to start killing the neighborhood birds and pets.
  3. pineymountain

    pineymountain LawnSite Member
    Messages: 53

    it would kill anything in it and blind anything that drinks from it
  4. starc

    starc LawnSite Member
    Messages: 117

    RV antifreeze is not poisonous. It is a plumbing antifreeze and I don't see why it wouldn't work just fine...
  5. 20/20

    20/20 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 164

    I'm more curious why Xtreem3d would want to do this? For the most part RV anti freeze is not poison, but why dump more unneeded chemicals into the world, aren't there allready MORE then enough?
  6. 20/20

    20/20 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 164

    Xtreem3d, how big are these fountains, running water won't freeze as long as there is enough volume. Do birds and other critters visit these fountains? If so you may want to becarefull you don't get accussed of trying to poison wildlife?
  7. xtreem3d

    xtreem3d LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 801

    There are 3 2800 pumps in the fountain. Running water doesn't really freeze but what happens is the 3 fountains are plumbed into 3 basalt stone pillars that are about 40" tall each. The water freezes around the outside of them and they get a build up on one side then tip over from the weight of the ice.
  8. Stillwater

    Stillwater LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,889

    winterize the fountain in the winter..... or properly support the structure.... or add temporary additional support for the winter months.

    If you are bent on not doing the above then you must know their is no such thing as a truly 100% non toxic anti freeze contrary to the above post. their is only a more safer type and oddly enough they are labeled non toxic. Anti freeze with a NFPA CODE rating of no more than 1 should be used.

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