GARDEN FOUNTAIN WATER SOURCES
Adding a fountain to any room of your home or office is an ideal way for creating a tranquil space where you can sit back and relax. The sound of water is very magical and peaceful. When you begin shopping for a garden fountain, you will discover that they come in two options. The first is a dedicated water source and the second is a recirculating water source. The type of garden fountain you choose depending on your personal preference.
First, we will talk about a dedicated water source. With this, the fountain has its own dedicated source so it does not have to continually be filled. This would be especially helpful if the fountain is large where filling it would be a major ordeal. Now, if the garden fountain were small, something that you could set on a table, then refilling the water source is not as much work.
However, with a dedicated water source, you could have the fountain so it is attached to a water line but keep in mind that to have something like this installed at home is quite expensive. Now, if the garden fountain is outside, you could have the direct source be a garden hose. For this, you would need a floating valve as a means of allowing the water to empty into the fountain whenever the water becomes too low. Keep in mind that if the fountain is large and used for commercial use, then perhaps the investment in a dedicated water line would be the best bet.
The second type of water source is recirculating. Since the majority of water fountains come with a pump to circulate the water, you would see the fountain itself having some type of reservoir whereby the water would be maintained. The pump works by recycling the water so the fountain can be located anywhere. As the water is pumped into the fountain, it would then trickle down the surface, going into the reservoir. As long as the pump is on, this process would continue.
The benefit to a recirculating water source is that you would not have to have a special water line installed. However, you would need to add water every few days to a week, making sure it never goes dry. If the pump should be allowed to run without the water, then it would become damaged. Again, if the garden water fountain is large, 50, 100, or 150 gallons, this process would be relentless. However, for smaller fountains, the recirculating water source is a good option.
Keep in mind that with both types of fountains, you would need to perform a complete cleaning and water change about every six months. This would allow you to clean out the basin along with the water pump to help both last for years. Typically, the water is drained out with tubing into a bucket and then tossed outside or put down the toilet. Although it takes a little bit of time, this would ensure your fountain remains in optimal working condition and that it does not develop any bad odor.