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5 Common Mistakes Maintaining Indoor Water Fountains

Posted by Doug Gardner on

Whether in your home or office, indoor water fountains are a peaceful and relaxing addition to your environment that can double as decorative displays. Put it in your waiting room, and the sound of falling water will help soothe any person and take their mind off the stresses of their everyday routine. Though most water features require very little maintenance, they do have working components that need upkeep and surfaces that require cleaning to reduce water scum. 

Here are 5 common mistakes people make when caring for their water features:

  1. Using Tap Water
    Indoor water fountains are designed for distilled water. By using tap water or hard water, your fountain is susceptible to corrosive white spotting that complicates the cleaning process. Hard water can also spell trouble with added buildup that puts excessive strain on the pump. This results in a shortened life span for the working components of the water pump system.
  2. Incorrect Water Levels
    Too much water equals excess splashing and spillage. Not enough and you’ll be dealing with a noisy over-worked pump that spits water everywhere. Proper water levels are usually highlighted in the user manuals. But just in case they aren’t, you typically want to submerge the pump completely, but not so much that water spills from the basin.
  3. Neglecting To Clean Your Fountain
    Excess debris should be cleaned from your fountain on a daily basis. On a monthly basis, you should drain your fountain completely and use an anti-algae solution to avoid buildup. Replacing the fountain water once a month also helps keep it fresh and free of unwanted odors.
  4. Turning The Pump On and Off
    Frequent tinkering with the pump is not advised. Water pumps are designed to run continually. Turning them on and off adds extra wear and tear that can shorten their life span. If you’re one of those fountain owners who likes to turn them off at night or after work hours, remember that stagnant water is a breeding ground for bacteria. And if you’re trying to save money on the electric bill, it will add up in repairs and cleaning materials just as quickly.
  5. Placing Fountains in High-Traffic Locations
    Be thoughtful when placing your fountain and always err on the side of caution. Accidents will happen and placing your water feature next to a door or walkway exposes it to calamities. Besides, you bought the fountain to provide a peaceful atmosphere to a room, not a come-and-go, in-and-out walkway or entrance.

These simple tasks shouldn’t be time consuming or difficult. Cleaning and maintenance is just a matter of establishing a few simple steps that are quick and easy. If followed, these guidelines should extend the life of your water fountain wall, or any indoor water feature, and help it perform at a high level.