Water Pumps - The Heart of Your Fountain
This is where everything starts, the pump is the life of your fountain either outdoor or indoor any fountain requires a strong pump to keep the water flowing and when properly taken care of your fountain will last for years. Here's are a few tips to keep your pump healthy.
Outdoor fountains have a different maintenance method than indoors since they are regularly exposed to the outdoors, leave, dirt, grass and overall weather can have an effect on the performance of your pump so keep an eye on your outdoor fountain and remove and clean the pump as often as necessary.
For indoor and tabletop fountains, while not exposed to mother nature's they still get affected by dust, kids, pets and other factors that can lower the overall performance of the main pump. They are easier to clean but usually require more attention than outdoor fountains but they require your special touch for perfect calibration (you don't want water splashed on your desk or table) to get that calming water sounds that are known for.
Keep Your Pump Submerged in Water at all Times.
One of the main reason pumps fail or give poor performance is because they are not submerged in water at all times, after a few days of owning your water fountain you will get an idea on how often you need to add water to keep the pump submerged. Remember, pumps should be under 2" of water at all times to get the best performance and avoid splashing and reduce noise.
Keep the Water Clean
Changing the water regularly on your fountain is vital as much as keeping the pump clean, Your fountain will collect dust and debris on a weekly basis so it's very important to change or add water when it's needed.
Cleaning is simple and most sponges and a mild soap will do the job to remove most dirt. For tougher or hard to reach dirt a small toothbrush can be used to scrub the dirt away. There's also some commercial grade products available to remove white scale (mineral deposits like calcium) and remember to test any product on a hidden spot on your fountain to make sure it won't affect the color or finish.
Let's not forget to remove all decorative stones (if any) and give them a good cleaning before putting them back in as well as all the tubing that carries the water through the fountain, these places can build up with unwanted minerals and block water flow.
For copper and stainless steel fountains and basins special care will be needed, some people recommend using automotive wax every few months to protect the fountains.
Distilled Water is Your Fountains Best Friend
Using distilled water is not necessary but it's highly preferred if you don't want excessive build up on your fountain. Distilled water has far less impurities and minerals than regular tap water does this will help you maintain your fountain clean for longer periods of time and avoid getting Algae in your water, Algae will look and smell bad after a while.
For larger outdoor fountains is difficult to find large amounts of distilled water and it's why we recommend using a water treatment product to keep the water as clean as possible. Majority of commercial water treatments for fountains are harmless for pets, animals or children when used as directed.
Leave Your Fountain Running
Running your fountain consistently is very important by reducing wear and tear on the pump by starting and stopping since they are built to run continuously for at least a year and turning them on and off will create more strain due to starting to move water from a resting point, especially if you tend to turn it off at night or when leaving the office. Remember that flowing water is cleaner that non-moving water and it build less debris and will not create an unpleasant smell, bacteria or algae.