Top Tips For caring for your Water Fountains

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If you really enjoy the tranquility and bubbly noises of a water fountain and you would like to bring this feature into your home, here are a few considerations to keep in mind.



Remove Dirt And Grime


Grime and dirt have the ability to wear away at the surface of your fountain. You should take out the water or siphon it out using a hose pipe or wet and dry vacuum cleaner every 4 weeks. Once all the water is out wipe down the interior using a sponge or a soft cloth. You can scrub any buildup using a nylon, soft bristled brush using vinegar.


Use A Nylon Stocking


You can use a nylon stocking that can be placed over the pump as well as its intake in order to keep out dirt.


Avoid Buildup


Every time that you refresh your water supply in your fountain, use a stain and scale remover along with a clarifier to avoid algae growth. Make sure you always read the instructions as the capacity of your fountain will determine the dosage. You can double the dosage if you do happen to notice that scale persists or algae are growing. It is advisable to use a time-release algaecide that comes in a tablet form every three weeks in the summer months when algae typically grow faster.


Never Let Your Fountain Run Dry


Letting the fountain run dry can result in your pump overheating when the water level gets too low. Make sure you watch the water level, especially when the weather is hot.


Only Use Chlorine When Necessary


Pumps on a water fountain are not equipped to work when using a concentrated amount of chlorine according to Outdoor Fountain Pros. However, if you have an algae-bloom that will not go away use ¼ cup of chlorine-bleach to every 5 gallons of the water in the fountain. You should then run your pump overnight in order to disinfect the entire system.


Considerations When Choosing An Indoor Water Fountain


•Before deciding on an indoor fountain, think about which room in the house would be the most suitable and is this room a place that you spend a lot of your time in?


•Are you planning to make the water fountain a main focal point or perhaps a secondary type of feature?


•You must ensure that the water-basin for the fountain is big enough to avoid splashing. This is typically when water damage can occur.


•Think about how you plan to disguise the cord. Certain individuals select the option of hard-wring their fountains, which means they can be switched on or off with a switch.


•If your water feature is going to be placed on a table or onto the floor, use a cork-pad in order to prevent any water marks.


•Try to use distilled water opposed to water from your taps as it will keep the pump cleaner for longer.


•In most cases the pumps on a water fountain will only need a standard type of electrical outlet. Water fountains use about the same electricity needed to power a 70 watt light bulb.


•Water fountains typically do not produce enough humidity in order to encourage mold growth or other types of moisture issues in a home.


•Make sure you check on the water levels regularly and avoid the letting the pump run dry which can result in permanent damage.


•The water height inside the reservoir will be related to the loudness of water flow. The lower this water level gets the louder the flow will sound.



•Water fountains are an excellent way to mask any exterior sounds if you happen to reside in a noisy apartment building or on a busy-street.

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SarahAnderson writes: Indeed, both indoor and outdoor water fountains need to be cleaned and maintained. I really like the duck one in the pictures above. It would be really cool to own something like that.
Posted: 1:13 pm on June 1st
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