WATER FOUNTAIN CLEANING
Having a water fountain, indoors or outdoors, is a wonderful way to relax to the soothing sound of flowing water. Because fountains are so mesmerizing and add beauty, people around the country are incorporating one or more into the home or office. Some fountains are small, tabletop models that can provide a subtle enhancement, others are quite large, taking up a large space on the wall, or others are designed for outdoor use, on the deck or in the yard. Regardless of the style of fountain you choose, you will be amazed at how much enjoyment it will offer and how much time you spend simply listening to the sound.
Just as water fountains are great systems, to keep them looking beautiful and running, as they should, you need to know how to clean them. When a fountain is cared for properly, there is no reason why it should not last for years. First, after buying your fountain, you should take time to read the cleaning and care instructions provided by the manufacturer. Okay, not many people enjoy this but it will tell you exactly what you need to do to keep your fountain running efficiently, thereby, important information.
In addition, instead of using regular water for an indoor fountain, we highly recommend you choose bottled or purified water, which does not contain calcium deposits that can plug the system up. Now, if the fountain is outdoors, you can purchase special chemicals to keep the calcium levels down while not affecting any fish or plants. Another important tip for outdoor fountains is that the winter months can create certain challenges. Therefore, be sure you drain the fountain completely and cover it with some type of tarp. Then, remove the pump and store it indoors until the following spring.
Additionally, once you have drained your outdoor fountain, use a clean, damp cloth to wipe out any dust, dirt, and debris. When you change the water in your indoor fountain, which is best done every few months, also use a clean cloth to wipe out any accumulated dirt and dust. Keep in mind that if you live in a dusty climate, you may need to change the water indoors once a month. Regardless, you need to make sure the water level is always at the recommended level so the pump is not working overtime.
To care for your fountain, which means maintenance and cleaning, you will run across some common situations. Therefore, we have provided some general tips for to make fountain care easy. As an example, if the pump is loud, you might try placing a piece of cloth underneath to help with some of the vibration. You also want to make sure all the connections are tight so air is not escaping, thus making the noise. If the fountain is new but the pump is still loud, you might contact the manufacturer to ask for their recommendations.
Another valuable tip has to do with water flow. If you find that your fountain is not flowing properly, it could be that the tubing has a kink in it or perhaps the tubing has become dirty so water cannot flow. In addition, if the pump output nozzle is not inserted properly, this could cause a problem with water flow. Again, keeping your fountain operating, as it should, is something that can be done with proper maintenance and cleaning.