5 Tips to Maintain the Beauty of Your Outdoor Fountain
The range of available outdoor fountains is very diverse – ranging from the small and simple to the oversized and ornate. Regardless of the type of outdoor fountain you choose for your space, caring for it need not be overly complicated. It is easier than you think to keep your fountain looking beautiful for years to come.
Here are 5 simple tips to get you started:
- The most important thing you can do to extend the life of your outdoor water fountain is to use monthly water treatments. For example, algae treatments will prevent the development and growth of algae in a safe and effective manner. Likewise, mineral treatments will attack and remove any existing mineral buildups in your fountain, as well as prevent new ones from forming. Mineral deposits are harmful to the finish of your fountain, and depending on the texture of your fountain, they can be very difficult to remove.
- Make a concentrated effort to keep your fountain’s pump free and clean of debris. Leaves, dust, and other pollutants can gather within your pump, which causes it to either pump water more slowly (and put more strain on the pump) or to quit working altogether. Most pumps can easily be removed from fountains. If the outside of your pump has any dirt, dust, or algae growing on it, use an old, soft-bristled toothbrush to gently clean it. Remove the cover from the pump and repeat the process for the inside.
- Foreign substances should never be added to your fountain’s water, as they could potentially harm your fountain’s pump or its inner workings. Unless a substance is specifically deemed suitable by the fountain’s manufacturer, it should not be added. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for people to try to add glitter, essential oils, and bubbles to their outdoor fountains. This also includes fish and other types of marine life.
- Mulch, branches, and fallen leaves should always be removed from your fountain when they fall in. When organic matter decomposes, it can release certain types of bacteria into the fountain that can cause some ugly and foul smelling deposits to buildup. Make it a part of your regular routine to clean out your fountain every time you work in your yard.
- Finally, make sure to carefully read the manufacturer’s instructions that come with your fountain for additional, helpful maintenance tips. With the diverse range of fountains available on today’s market, no single one guide can tell you how to comprehensively care for your fountain. The individuals who made your fountain will know how to best care for it and can offer you invaluable advice on how to care for your fountain and ensure that it looks and works its best for years to come.
- Candace Osmond