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Maintaining Your Outdoor Water Feature

Posted by Doug Gardner on

Any type of outdoor water feature is a welcomed addition to an outdoor living area or landscape. It can take up that vacant corner, be centered in your garden, or act as that focal point for your backyard yard. No matter where you decide to place it, your water feature will help you relax as it adds that welcomed dimension to your property. And though water fountains seldom go out of style, they do require a bit of care in order to work properly and withstand the tests of time.

Here are a few pointers to think about if you are looking to maintain your fountain:

Fountain Cleaning
The outside of your fountain can quickly become dirty depending on where you live and the climate. Dust and grime will build up over time, and of course there is always those gifts from the sky that birds tend to leave. And depending on whether you have pets, or if you are doing a bunch of messy gardening around your fountain, it is best to clean it at least once per week. Periodical cleanings will minimize the buildup of dirt that becomes increasingly harder to clean, and could affect the functionality of your fountain. A simple spray a day with the hose when watering could even be enough to keep up your fountains appearances.

Maintain The Water And The Pump
You may need to check the water level in your fountain depending on the design you went with. Most fountains don’t hook in to your plumbing, and if you live in hot and dry climates, chances are you’ll be needing to fill your fountain up every so often due to evaporation. If your water level drops too low, it can damage your pump and have you spending extra money that you could have saved. Simply writing fountain on your calendar twice a week could save you the hassle and money of replacing your water pump.

Cold Weather Water Features
If you live in an area where it snows or drops below freezing in the winter time, it is definitely a good idea to winterize your water fountain properly. If your outdoor water fountain is small enough and transportable, it might be worth bringing it inside for the winter season. If not, you’ll need to drain the water and remove or protect the pump to avoid damage from freezing temperatures. Covering the fountain will also protect it from the harsh winter elements and preserve its appearance for years to come.