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Tips and Tricks For Outdoor Water Fountains

Posted by Doug Gardner on

Now that summer is officially here, more and more families will be enjoying the warming temperatures and bright sunshine from the comfort of their patio. While there are dozens of ways to liven up your home’s patio, one of the boldest methods is to install an outdoor water fountain. The presence of a meticulously handcrafted water fountain adds a certain level of uniqueness and character to the atmosphere, improving the patio’s aesthetics. If you intend to install a water fountain here, though, there are a few things you should know.

Choose The Right Location

Before you install a water fountain on your patio, you should first survey the area to ensure it’s the best possible location. Outdoor water fountains are more prone to catching leaves, stems, pollen, and other debris. A strong gust of wind, for instance, may carry leaves from a nearby tree into the fountain. So, how can you prevent this from happening?

Don’t install your water fountain directly under a tree or near a bush. Instead, choose a location that’s either open or up against your home’s siding. This will reduce the amount of debris that’s able to reach your fountain, helping to keep it clean and attractive.

Add Vinegar

Another tip that’s helpful for maintaining an outdoor water fountain is to add about 1/2-1 cup of filtered white vinegar. Doing so will discourage the formation of mildew while promoting a sparkling-clean fountain. Vinegar is a safe, all-natural compound with antibacterial, anti-fungal, and antiseptic properties, all of which are beneficial when used in conjunction with a water fountain.

And don’t worry about the unpleasant odor of vinegar, as this tends to go away after just a couple of minutes. Vinegar has a somewhat pungent odor that most people dislike, but it dissipates quickly when flowing through a water fountain.

Sunlight and Algae

Contrary to what some people may believe, sunlight actually speeds up the growth of algae. Why is this important? Well, placing your outdoor water fountain in an area that receives a lot of sunlight throughout the day may result in increased algae growth; thus, forcing you to clean it more frequently.

Keep an eye on your water fountain, watching closely for signs of algae growth. If algae is a problem that you can’t seem to control, consider moving the fountain to a shaded area. Alternatively, you can install a canopy or large table umbrella over it.