Water Fountains, whether indoor or outdoor, are a great addition to your home. It creates a relaxed and tranquil environment. There is nothing more relaxing than the sound of water rushing down to the surface. Combined with the beautiful lighting, it presents a brilliant and stunning focal point in the room.
Like other decorative pieces in your house, you should know how to take care of your water fountains. It may need regular maintenance to keep it in pristine condition.
Here are some essential tips on how you can take good care of your water fountain.
- Use of Distilled Water. Tap water is fine to use in your indoor fountain since it will not damage the materials it’s made of, however, it is not the best choice. Tap water contains chemicals, minerals, and other pollutants that can stain your fountain. Some of these include sodium, chlorine, lead, potassium, calcium, lithium, and manganese. Stains do not happen overnight but if you are using tap water for a long time, it might cause slight discoloration to your fountain.
Instead of using tap water, distilled water is better as it is pure and contains no contaminants. Although it may cost more than the regular tap water, that is a small price to pay for having a fountain in pristine condition.
- Add vinegar to the water. Some might be skeptical about adding vinegar to the water since it leaves behind an unpleasant odor. But that pungent smell quickly dissipates and leaves your fountain smelling fresh and clean. As vinegar contains antiseptic and antiviral properties, it can kill germs in an instant. Thus, it leaves your fountain clean and fresh without using chemicals.
- Clean the fountain pump. Aside from cleaning the water with vinegar, you should also make it a habit to clean your pump regularly. Layers of grime may form at the pump, so you need to clean them as often as necessary.
- Most of our fountains are made of concrete. This material expands and contracts with the cold weather. If you can move the fountain indoors during winter that will prolong its life. If it is not possible to move the fountain, check it regularly for signs of water. It should be completely dry throughout the winter.
- If the fountain has to remain outdoors during the rest of the winter season, make sure to remove the pump and store it indoors. You can wrap the fountain with a burlap bag, blanket, or any protective material to keep it from the cold. Covered it entirely for maximum protection.
- In the warmer months, you can clean the leaves and twigs from the fountain at least once a week. Make sure that there are no twigs that might clog the pump.
- You can also add a small amount of bleach or an algae remover to the fountain to keep its water clean and free from algae buildup.
Following the maintenance tips that we have shared will keep your water fountains in good condition. Make sure to take care of it for you to enjoy your water feature in the years to come.