How To Prepare For An Outdoor Water Fountain

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Preparation for your outdoor water fountain is key to making sure it stands out, looks great, and functions properly. Outdoor water fountains do take occasional maintenance, cleaning, and knowing everything ahead of time will save you from installation issues and/or future troubles. Regardless of your fountain’s size, you should always prepare for the installation, placement, and how it will be maintained for years to come. If you have the expertise in projects like this you might not have much trouble at all doing this yourself, but if not you might need to hire a professional. Regardless, check out the most important ways to prepare for an outdoor water fountain installation as well as what to expect.

Finding Your Power Source And Further Preparation

This is the first thing you want to do. Some fountains have solar panels that will keep it running, but most need electricity. If you decide to make this a DIY project, here is a list of tools and appliances you’ll need to install it yourself:

  1. Fork Lift or Pallet Jack (depending on the weight of the fountain upon delivery)
  2. Hand Tools
  3. Level Surface with pea gravel so it doesn’t sink or become uneven
  4. Concrete Pad depending on the weight of the fountain
  5. Electrical Outlet for power supply 110- Volt
  6. Waterline for an auto refill (needed if you do not want to have to continually add water)
  7. A few extra hands to help move the pieces depending on the weight or size
  8. Fountain cleaner to keep the Algae away

Again, these are all of the tools you will need if you plan to DIY an outdoor water fountain. If you are unsure of this then you need to schedule a time for a professional to install your outdoor water fountain. This will ensure the proper functioning of your fountain.

Where Do You Want It?

This is your original vision and how you have pictured your fountain before all the technicalities. The placement of your outdoor water fountain will depend on where exactly you want to see it on a daily basis. Seems realistic, right? Well, it’s something most people forget after installation and regret at a later time. So, it’s time to picture where you want it. Do you have a small garden or pond that would be expanded by a fountain? Do you want a fountain right in your front yard or driveway? It all depends on your personal characteristics and how you envision the placement.

Your Personal Style

Okay, I already mentioned that where you want a fountain and a power source is the most important part of preparing for your outdoor water fountain. Though it is a vital process, you need to have a vision first. Why go through this whole process and end up with something you don’t like? There are tons of styles you can go with that will make your garden or yard look fantastic but it all depends on how you see it.

There are many different outdoor fountain styles for you to consider such as statues, 2-3 tier designs, pots, sculptures throughout the centuries, Old World, modern, and so much more. With these designs come extra expenses, so make sure you are shopping in your budget space but never put your decor desires in the back of your mind. Don’t end up with something you don’t like to look at.

The Surrounding Area

It’s not common to think of the area that will surround your fountain, especially when the fountain is the main attraction. However, you’d be surprised how much a backdrop can do to enhance the beauty of your fountain. Before even thinking of installing a water fountain you need to make sure the surrounding area is clean and any hazardous material is removed. You might want to have a landscaper come check the area to ensure it will work correctly when installed.  You will want to make sure you have a power source so you can plug into and start the pump.  You also will need a water line to connect to if you are installing an auto refill device. (which is added to keep the water consistently filling, so you do not need to fill it with water weekly). Think about the surrounding area a lot- is it a floral garden area that needs some upkeep or will it be placed on cement? Every small detail is an adding factor to the ambiance of your outdoor fountain after it is installed. 

Final Thoughts

Install fountains on a level surface. You will need a properly grounded 110-volt (AC only) GFCI protected receptacle near the fountain for your pump. All pumps are submersible and must be completely underwater to function properly. Test all pumps and adjust to full output prior to assembly. It is not recommended that fountains be placed directly on grass or dirt. Position the channel opening at the base of each fountain toward the electrical outlet to be used since the pump cord will be threaded through this opening. 
Are you both physically and mentally prepared for your new fountain? It might seem silly that one object will take so much planning and work, and by no means am I trying to stress you out more. But before making any large purchase that will alter curb appeal and home value, it’s important to take necessary steps to achieve a flawless finish. There may be some hiccups along the way such as learning about seasonal maintenance and how to keep your outdoor fountain looking great and clean, but those are minor compared to installing a fountain on faulty land. Follow these steps to improve the visual appearance and safety of your new outdoor water fountain.

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