Should you consider the effects of different seasons on your memorial stone? Yes, and especially as the days grow shorter, the nights longer and the wind begins to cool. Winterizing your memorial should be considered every year. But how do you do that?
One of the first things I do each year is clean the drain hole in my vases.
Typically the drain hole is located on the side, in the area of the arrow on this picture.
You may be wondering why you would ever need to clean this. If this hole gets clogged and you have rain that then fills the vase, upon freezing the vase can crack, or shatter.
Why would it get clogged? Debris, old leaves, I once saw a drain hole clogged by a dirt dauber nest.
So how to clean it, I use pipe cleaners like these.
Simply running these in and out of the drain hole a few times at the start of winter prevents the problem of frozen water in a vase.
What else can you do to prepare your memorial for winter? Well, that’s great thing about a granite memorial, it’s made to withstand the elements. In the fall you may have to remove leaves from your headstone if you have trees nearby. In summer you may need to wash away some reminders of birds that have stopped by. The rest of the time your memorial will stand as a testimony of the lives lived by people you love.