Tips On Maintain Outdoor Water Fountain-Prolong The Fountains Performance Life
As a fascinating decorative item, water fountain will lend endless relaxing and peaceful touch to our living environment.
But just like other furniture or machinery tools in our house, the fountains especially those set in the outdoors call for regular maintenance and care as well, so as to keep its optimum performance for many years to come.
Here comes some effective tips on how to maintain outdoor water fountain.
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1 . Change The Water Inside the Fountain Reservoir Regularly
Most of the water fountains on the market are made of resin or concrete material.
The material is laid into the fountain’s silicone mold, then several layers of fiberglass cloth will be added onto the material to make the fountain products more strong and heavy-duty.
Normally, some residual materials will be left inside the fountain body.
As soon as the new water fountain is assembled, we should wash out the residual materials inside the fountain body, to keep off the residues polluting the water in the long run.
Watch Out! Wear gloves when doing this job! The residual materials inside the fountain could be sharp and harm your hands.
After the fountain running for some time, some dirt, debris and other contaminants will get into the water, which will make the water eutrophic and smell bad. Unclean water, especially the scale that it tends to breed, can damage the pump as well.Our suggestion: change the water in the fountain once a week in spring and summer, while half month a time in autumn and winter.
Smaller fountains (that are light enough to be lifted) the water can be emptied by simply inverting the fountain and letting the water pour away through a suitable drain or sink.
Larger (heavier) fountains – water can be removed by using a large sponge or by purchasing a simple siphon pipe available from aquatic supply stores.
And keep in mind that always shut off the power before cleaning and maintaining the fountain or pump.
2 . Clean The Fountain Body
The fountain, especially those stay in the outdoor, is bound to collect some dirt and debris that will make it looks far less than its best.
The fountain body can be cleaned using a soft cloth and clean water. For the stubborn dusts on the fountain, the gas exploder can blow all them away.
And there is various fountain maintenance and care products available on the market. The products are available to preserve the radiance on the surface of the fountain or help to remove built up mineral deposits, such as calcium.
3 . Keep Mosquitoes Away From The Fountain
One common conundrum that many fountain owners meets is the mosquito population that breed from the water in the fountain.
Your enjoyment of the fountain could be severely reduced with annoying mosquitoes hovering around the it.
If the fountain stop running for sometime, the water inside the reservoir will be quite attractive to the mosquitoes, who are seeking stagnant water to safely lay their eggs.
It will not take long, normally about 7-10 days, before the eggs transforming into adult mosquitoes to infest your living space again.
Another benefit of renewing the water inside the fountain regularly is the mosquitoes’s eggs, larvae, pupae will be get rid of before they getting enough time to mature into adult mosquitoes.
To make the fountain’s water less attractive to mosquitoes, you can put some environmentally safe mosquito larvicide into the water, which will kill the larvae before they growing up.
And there are many awesome plants that boast natural mosquito-repelling effects such as Jasmine, Lavender, Mint etc. You could keep some such plants around the fountain. They could not only spruce up the fountain, but also will help to daunt away the mosquitoes to some extent.
For more detailed information, you could check this post ‘How To Keep Mosquitoes Away From The Fountain‘.
4 . Maintain The Pump Properly
Pump is the heart of the water fountain. The fountain will look lifeless if the pump stop running or in bad condition.
Make sure that the pump is fully submerged into the water during operation. If the pump run dry for a long time, the pump will get too heated, thus damaging the motor inside it.
Make sure the pump is connected to the water tube tightly. Check the fountain tubing regularly for kinks and obstructions.
Usually, there will be a plastic filtering part on the cover of the pump. Some big debris or obstructions tend to collect on the filter part. Clean the filter with brushes from blockages.
While some smaller size impurities will run into the rotor with the drawing water, which may lead to abnormal sounds. We have to turn off the power supply and check the rotor assembly as follows:
- Remove the pump cover and rotor plate from the front.
- Grip the impeller and gently take out the rotor assembly from the pump.
- Rinse the motor assembly and the housing with clean water in order to remove any grit or debris and reassemble once cleaned. The pump should be cleaned once a week or once per two weeks at least likewise.
5 . Protect Your Fountain During The Winter
The first thing we should do to protect your outdoor fountain during winter is draining empty all the water inside the fountain.
As the water will freeze under 0℃ temperatures. And the freeze water, which will expand, tend to cause significant damage to the exterior of the fountain and the color finishing on its surface as well.
Ideally, the best way to protect the fountains during winter is to disassemble it and bring it indoors, such as your garage or shed.
While it is best to bring in all your outdoor water fountains indoors during the punishing winter months, bringing a large and heavy fountain indoors each winter is no easy feat.
There are many specifically-made, waterproof fountain protection cover available on the market.
Choose one according to your fountain’s size and cover at least the fountain basin. So the water feature will be ready for use once the warm weather comes around again.
How To Deal With Water Leaking?
Not all “leaky” decorative water fountains are actually leaking.
In many instances, what appears to be a leak is actually excess water flowing or splashing over the sides of the basin.
If there is indeed a leaking problem, don’t worry, it can be well solved.
Before repairing, make sure that the electrical devices are power off.
Drain empty the water inside the reservoir of the fountain and locate the leaking crack or pinhole.
Keep in mind that the leaking crack or pinhole should be dry and waterless, so the repairing materials could be well attached and sealed on that position.
- It is most suggested to use Epoxy sealant to repair the crack.
- Use glue gun, melt sealant stick, seal the leaking place.
Check this article ‘How To Fix The Leaking Resin Fountain‘ for step by step guide for repair the cracked fountain.
Water fountains can bring some special peaceful and relaxing feelings to your indoor house and outdoor garden.
But proper maintenance is necessary to keep the fountain in its good condition and prolong its performance life.
It is suggested to replenish the water in the fountain’s reservoir regularly.
And clean the exterior of the water fountain likewise with cloth or ideally with some cleaning products available on the market.
Pump is the heart of the fountain, we should attach special care to it.
To avoid significant damages to your fountain, it is highly recommended dissembling the water fountain and store in the indoor place or cover it directly with some protection covers.
Under proper and careful maintenance, the fountain will be still in good conditions for many years to come and bring your great joyfulness.