Water fountains are stylish accents that add more character to your garden. Whether they are tiered-type, wall-type, endless, or miniature, maintaining your water fountain ensures cleanliness and a better flow.
Here are eight tips you might want to consider to take care of your fountain.
Keep it Away from Direct Sunlight
Unless your fountain is solar-powered, avoid exposing it to direct sunlight. Exposure may dry up the water faster and encourage algae and other icky organisms to grow. Assuming you have yet to install your fountain, place it on a high spot with ample shade. If your fountain was already installed when you moved in, consider adding tall plants around it. Doing so also shields your fountain from the sun’s heat and light that may ruin it.
Remove Debris from Your Skimmers
Empty the skimmers at least once a week because keeping them full will damage the screens and distribute them all over your fountain. Accumulated debris also affects the water flow and may damage your pumps in the long run. Keeping skimmers clean is, perhaps, one method commercial establishments and condominium developments in Taguig use to maintain their fountain’s cleanliness and smooth flow.
Clean Your Water Pumps
Fountains work well when the pumps are clean and maintained. If you notice a reduced flow or clogging, it could mean that the filter screens on your fountain’s bottom need cleaning. Unplug your pumps and remove debris on the net. Doing so helps your pumps to work correctly and the water to circulate smoothly.
Maintain Water Levels
Maintaining water levels is a crucial step in caring for your water feature. Keep the pumps submerged in water as they may not function correctly and wear out if the water gets too low. Check the water levels every time you empty the debris baskets. Your fountain’s water levels should be at least a ¾-inch below the top of the skimmer. Add water if necessary.
Prep Your Fountain for Colder Seasons
Suppose you live in an area where water freezes during colder seasons. Prep your fountain to keep it from freezing and breaking; start by shutting down the pumps, remove them, then keep them in a dry, frost-free area. Submerge them in a bucket of water to keep them from drying out and breaking.
If you have fish, they will swim to the fountain’s bottom to steer clear of the drafts and colder winds on the surface. Add an aerator to supply your fish with oxygen to help them survive the colder seasons.
Do Some Thorough Cleaning
After the cold season, you’ll most likely turn on your pumps to get your fountain flowing again. Before you do that, thoroughly clean your fountain basin by scrubbing off the crud and algae build-up. Since you’ve previously turned off your filtering systems during the cold season, the accumulated dirt may mud the water and damage your pumps. Drain the water, then use a hose to rinse away the cleaning material and other debris that got stuck on the fountain’s sides.
Change the Water Twice a Year
To keep your fountain clean and well-maintained, replace the water at least twice a year. Remove around 15 to 20 percent of the water to eliminate pollutants and other organic debris. Changing your fountain’s water at least twice a year also encourages a healthy environment for your fish. You’ll also avoid a foul smell coming from your fountain.
Seal Any Leaks
If you notice that you have to add water more than recommended, chances are your fountain has leaks. Inspect for cracks and gaps that cause faster water loss. Use a caulking gun filled with epoxy or a silicone sealant to repair leaks, then smooth with sandpaper.
Maintaining your water fountain may be a little pricey and tedious. Still, taking care of it, with these eight tips, will keep your water feature clean, flowing smoothly, and beautiful no matter the season.