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How to Care for your Water Fountain

 Maintain Your Fountain For Years Of Enjoyment

A water fountain is a lovely touch that really adds to any pond or water piece in your yard. Unfortunately, fountains do require a bit of care and feeding, but with just a few simple steps you’ll be able to keep your fountain flowing freely and smoothly for years to come.

First, you want to be sure you’re keeping an eye on it. It’s easy to become acclimated to the presence of the fountain and simply appreciate it for the visual beauty it lends to the area, but you want to be sure you give it a thorough screening at least twice a year for wear and tear. Pay particular attention to the pump, which is the heart of the fountain’s operation. When you do your inspection, you should take care to scrub off any dirt, debris, and animal waste that may have accumulated in the intervening time. Use vinegar if you need to, to get at any particularly hard to clean deposits. These can affect the appearance and scent of the water in the fountain.

While you’re looking at the pump, be sure to clear out leaves and any other debris that may be clogging the intake. Take the pump out and wipe it down, and scrub it (use a toothbrush for hard-to-reach places). If anything appears damaged, now is the time to take it in for repairs or replacement – if left to run with weakened gear, the entire fountain could get damaged. You should also flush the pump lines to ensure that nothing has gotten caught in there, which could lead to a buildup and clogging.

In between your inspections, you want to ensure that you’re changing the water at least once a week to ensure the system stays at its cleanest. You can mix in natural additives such as a birdbath cleanser to help prevent algal growth and keep the water even fresher.

With a little love and attention, your fountain will be a pristine, gorgeous addition to your landscape for years to come. And if you’re looking to add water features to your landscape, now’s the time to give us a call to get things started. You can reach us at (647) 955-8382 or get a free quote by clicking here.

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