How to Maintain and Care for Your Fountain
There are many joys when it comes to the owning a water fountain. Water features have been used for centuries to adorn courtyards belonging to royalty or accent government establishments. Today, fountains and water accents provide a design and decorative essence in homes, gardens, corporate structures, landmarks and more. There is a certain calmness that flows with the sound of water and that serenity continues to emanate into the surrounding environment.
Whether your fountain is planned for indoor or outdoor use, with a few simple efforts, your fountain can run smoother, cleaner and provide any space with beauty and elegance for ages.
Once You Get Your Fountain
When shopping for a fountain, you want to have a good idea as to the space that this structure will occupy. This will help determine the size, water capacity, and preparation needed. Depending on whether your fountain will need to be mobile, you can then decide on a fiberglass or concrete one. Concrete or stone fountains are much more durable when it comes to handling the outdoor elements such as heat and snow.
Once you have your fountain selected and ready for installation, you want to ensure that the floor where the fountain is sitting on will not be damaged by humidity, condensation or water splashes.
When filling your fountain you want the water level to be no higher then a ½” below the basin rim, and no less than halfway full in the basin. Maintaining proper water levels will ensure the correct flow and life of your water pump.
Before turning on your fountain, wet the surface that the water will flow upon. This will break the surface tension to reduce splashing and promote a consistent path flow.
To control splashing or water flow, adjust your water pump or ensure that your fountain is perfectly leveled.
Caring for Your Fountain
Once you have your fountain set up there are minor routine things that will help keep your fountain clean and in good condition.
– Water treatments: It’s easier to maintain a clean fountain than have to deal with getting it clean. Purchase an algae and mineral deposit solution to prevent a rabid algae bloom in your fountain which could disrupt the flow and begin to emit a bad odor.
– Clean and change the water every 4-6 months for larger fountains and 2-3 for smaller ones. How often you need to clean the water depends on how much debris or algae are in your fountain. It is suggested that outdoor fountains that are exposed to substantial sunlight should be cleaned monthly.
– Clean your water pump in addition to your fountain. Once the water is emptied, take your water pump apart to clear any debris or blockages.
– Remove the water during winter, since water expands when frozen it can crack or damage your fountain.
Dealing With Algae
Algae are more likely to grow faster in outdoor fountains that are exposed to constant direct sunlight. Once you have a full out algae bloom, water treatments will not remove the algae quickly enough. Over time algae will thicken the water and obstruct flow, which could damage your water pump due to having to work harder in making the water flow.
With an algae bloom it’s best to empty the water and clean the fountain. A safe and natural way to clean the fountain without harsh chemicals is with vinegar and a soft brush. NEVER use bleaches as they can harm your fountain’s color surface.
To clean smaller spouts, pipe cleaners are flexible and efficient at catching and removing algae surface growths.
Once your fountain is clean, refill the water and maintain a consistent water treatment schedule.