You may be thinking about adding a water feature to either your indoor space or outdoor space, or maybe you already own a fountain, but aren’t sure what sorts of requirements fountains have. The average fountain has a few components that can easily be understood and taken care of, so you can easily squash any concerns you may have about finally adding that special patio fountain.
One of the most common concerns we are asked or questioned about is how exactly a fountain is put together. Different water features will need to be assembled differently, we can’t give you an overall how to when it comes this. What we can tell you though, is most manufacturer actually include very detailed instructions on how a fountain will go together. There are a few commercial size fountains that we suggest you seek help from a professional, such as a landscaper, but otherwise, most fountains are designed for the average consumer to put together, much like furniture. Most pieces to a fountain can only be put together one way and the included instructions can easily guide you on how to put the fountain together. After putting together, adding a pump is quite simple as the directions will tell you exactly where to place the pump. If you are concerned about the construction of a fountain, we are here to help, simply as us if we can obtain a copy of the instructions from the manufacturer for you, so you can see just how easy it is.
The second most common concern we hear of, after the purchase of a fountain, is why did my pump stop working. Pumps can stop working for a variety of reasons, for the most part, the pump that comes with your fountain is designed to work for quite a bit of time. The life length of a pump will truly depend on your use of it. If you are running it every single day, you pump is getting quite a work out and may need to be replaced sooner than someone who only runs their fountain on the weekends. If you have purchased your water feature from Garden-Fountains.com and find that your pump is no longer working, we can often help guide you on the type or replacement pump you may in need of. Often, the information you need is directly on the side of the pump, here will be the gallons per hour. You may also need to know the size of the pump, in inches, to know what size may fit inside of the pump housing of your fountain.
When it comes to pumps, maintenance may be required. If you live in an area where trees and other debris can reach your water feature, you will need to make sure to check on your pump every so often. Much like a pool filter, pumps can get clogged when too much external debris collects around the pump. This will lessen the amount of water that can flow through the pump, therefore making your fountain run poorly. Simply spraying your pump out with a house can help loosen and de-clog a pump. If this does not work, many pumps also allow you to easily take them apart so you can clean out anything that may have gotten inside of them. The other important thing to remember about pumps is water is REQUIRED to run them. Running a pump without water can easily damage the pump, causing it to quit working. Always make sure you have enough water in your fountain basin to keep the pump completely submerged.
Installing and maintaining a water feature is a very easy task with all of the resources available today from Auto Refill Devices to make sure you maintain water levels above your pump, to water cleaners, most often all you need to do is sit back and enjoy the soothing sights and sounds that your fountain has to offer.
By: Susan Soler of the Garden-Fountains.com Team