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Questions and Answers About Indoor Fountains

Posted by Doug Gardner on

If you’ve never owned an indoor fountain before, then you may want to know some information about what to expect. Maintenance, details about water pumps, and cleaning are all important parts of ensuring that your indoor water feature looks great and operates smoothly once it is installed. The more that you know about proper care and usage, the longer the indoor water feature will be able to operate without needing serious repair or maintenance.

What to Expect

Indoor water features may have a few things that you will need to adjust to, such as:

  • The amount of water required.
  • The cleaning cycles of the fountain or feature.
  • The placement and size of the pump.
  • The noise that the pump makes.

The amount of water required will be your first priority for regular maintenance and use. Water features recycle water, but they need the right amount to properly operate. Too little, and the feature may not operate smoothly, and you may even damage the motor. Too much, and you will experience leaks and overflows. Cleaning the pump and fountain should be performed upon the recommendation of the fountain manufacturer; they should be able to provide you with exact information on when this should be performed. The placement and model of the pump can help you to know where it is located when it needs to be cleaned, and the regular noise that the pump makes can help you to identify periods of irregular noise, when debris may be lodged into the pump.

Cleaning Your Fountain

Every 2 to 4 months, you may need to clean your fountain. This depends entirely on whether you’re using distilled water, or if your fountain uses hard water. Hard water can lead to a buildup of algae, which can block the filter and put stress on the pump. The first step to cleaning the feature will be to empty all water out of it, and then to clean the basin. You will also need to clean any rocks that are installed into the feature if they are present.

You can wipe down the glass walls of a standing floor fountain, and you may want to clean the base of a standing fountain as well. Depending on the type of material used, such as brass, copper, or glass, you may have different cleaning directions to follow.

Maintaining Your Fountain

Maintaining your indoor water feature is actually much easier than maintaining an outdoor feature, thanks to the lack of falling debris from local plant life. Although the feature itself will need to be cleaned as directed above, maintaining the feature can be much simpler when you choose to use distilled water. Distilled water can help to reduce the appearance and growth of algae, which will be the prime culprit behind any issues your fountain faces.

Adding water to the feature or fountain can depend on the humidity of the area. Water features work by using a pump to collect and recycle water, but water evaporates over time. Monitor humidity levels around the feature, and add water whenever you notice that levels are beginning to get low. Never operate your motor unless it is submerged within the water, as you can cause damage to it.