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Basic Maintenance of Fountains

Posted by Doug Gardner on

A strategically placed water fountain can become a spectacular focal point and set the mood of a room. People enjoy the soothing sounds of the water along with the moisturizing effect the fountain has on the air. An interesting fact from The Home Depot , fountains release negative ions that may improve mood and increase energy. In order to keep these benefits, proper care must be followed. This article will guide you in the right direction. To prolong the life of your fountain and to keep the pump free of debris, you must adhere to a regular schedule of basic maintenance.

Setting up Your Fountain

The easiest way to make your fountain maintenance easier is to set it up correctly in the first place. Make sure the fountain pump is totally submersed in water, and remember that water will evaporate over time so you will have to replace it periodically to keep the pump working efficiently. When you set up the fountain, observe the water levels for several days to determine how often you will have to refill the water. In general, larger fountains hold more water and will not have to be filled as often as smaller fountains.

An Ounce of Prevention

It makes sense to take preventative measures to keep your fountain running smoothly before problems arise. One easy step you can take is to use distilled water instead of tap water. Tap or drinking water typically has additives to make it safe, but these additives can damage your fountain pump and may stain the fountain. Using distilled water can prevent the buildup of algae and white scale. Placing your fountain away from direct sunlight can also help prevent algae growth.

Fountain Care Products

If you do not have easy access to distilled water, you can use fountain care products to prevent problems from minerals in tap water. You can add a few drops of bleach to the water every few weeks, but before using bleach, make sure that it is compatible with the material of your fountain. For example, stay away from bleach if your fountain is stainless steel since the bleach can eat away at the material. Another consideration is whether children or pets will have access to the fountain. If so, use a fountain care product that is safe for children and animals.

Cleaning the Pump

The pump is the heart of the fountain, so make sure you choose a pump that can do the job. Clean the pump periodically so it does not get clogged, which can lead to burnout. In order to clean the pump, you will have to take it apart and wipe it down with a sponge or cloth. Be sure to remove the pump cover so you can clean the inside. A toothbrush or pipe cleaner is useful to scrub down areas that are hard to reach. Another great tip from Water Fountain Place, if you find some mineral buildup, vinegar and water can help to remove some of the deposits.

Sticking to a Schedule

Determine how often you need to provide maintenance for your fountain, and set up a schedule. You may want to empty the water and clean the pump monthly, every two or three months, or twice a year. Once you know how often your fountain requires basic maintenance, put the schedule on your calendar and stick to it.

Safety Steps for Maintaining Your Fountain

Make sure to shut the pump off when cleaning the fountain, and then leave your pump on consistently when you are finished so it does not become damaged from turning it on and off. A great hint from Serenity Health, is to keep the fountain running all the time will prolong the life of the pump up to five years.

Once you empty the fountain water, use a mild cleaner, soap or calcium lime remover to clean the inside of the fountain, and rinse. You may want to take the extra step of having the water in your fountain tested from time to time to make sure it is free of harmful organisms. You can test your water with a water test kit at home, or send it out for testing. Visit Environmental Protection Agency, and you u can find a state certified laboratory in your area by calling 800-426-4791.

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