How do I fix a cracked, leaky cement bird bath bowl?

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I have purchased two cement bird baths. Each time the bowls soon crack and the water leaks out. My birds and squirrels are thirsty! How do I fix the bowls so they hold water and the water won't be toxic for the animals? Thanks for your help.
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  • Renee Rankin Renee Rankin on Jun 18, 2015
    i think you can use that spray liner thats in a can. im pretty sure its safe for animals and seals cracks excellent.
  • Lowes and Home depot oth sell an epoxy crack filler and sealer for concrete. It some in a large bottle and has a tip like a ketchup bottle so you can get into cracks and crevices. it will fill and seal the crack and allow you to apply a permanent sealer liner for you rbirdbath that shoul keep it from happening again.
  • Pam Kelly Pam Kelly on Jun 19, 2015
    Look for waterproof caulk that they use around bathtubs/showers, but make sure it isn't toxic to birds. You might have to call the manufacturer.
    • Gayle Gayle on Jun 24, 2015
      @Pam Kelly Pam, this is what I did. Worked great! Birds & squirrels are now hydrated and happy.
  • Gaylene Lienemann Stupic Gaylene Lienemann Stupic on Jun 19, 2015
    Depending on the size of your birdbath, you might want to consider placing a removable bowl or shallow bucket in the center of your birdbath and plant annuals in the birdbath around the bowl/bucket. Cement birdbaths are so difficult to keep clean and the removable bowl/bucket can be taken out and cleaned as needed. The cracks in the bird bath will then allow drainage for your plants! You will then invite butterflies and bees to have a little drink as well!
  • Gayle Gayle on Jun 19, 2015
    Thank you, wonderful people, for the many suggestions. I feel I will be able to fix the problem with the birdbath with your many suggestions. :o)
  • Beth Gee Beth Gee on Jun 24, 2015
    I tried numerous things that didn't work. I sat a fern on top (which looked amazingly fancy) and bout a new bath for the birds.
  • Gayle Gayle on Jun 24, 2015
    I got waterproof calk as suggested. The birds and squirrels are now hydrated and happy again. Thanks everyone!
  • 25593779 25593779 on Mar 04, 2018
    I painted mine with waterproof masonry paint. It's used to seal basements and it worked great.
    • Loanne Loanne on May 16, 2018
      question - did you paint both sides of the bird bath? Meaning the bottom and inside where the water is at?
  • 25593779 25593779 on May 16, 2018
    Just the inside. The paint is thick but i used thres coats just to be sure. Its been several years and its still working just fine.
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