Choosing the Right Water for Your Outdoor Fountain

Water to your fountain is like gas to your car. It keeps the installation running and ensures that the rest of the feature are in proper order. It provides the beautiful, splashing motion, helping you relax. It also prevents the burn-out of pumps. However, over time, you'll encounter water-related problems. Stale water accumulates buildups over the pool. Large doses of water evaporate during the hot and dry climate. This is why it is important to choose the right amount and type of water you use on your fountain.

It is mostly recommended to use distilled water to fill the fountain. The reason: distilled water is pure and contains no sediment, prolonging the life of the pump. Tap water may possess debris that comes with your water system, and this may irritate your pump, as well as the surface of your fountain.

Distilled water can be expensive, especially when used for water features. If this is not an option, your next best thing is a well-filtered water. Run your tap water through a simple in-line filter and will keep excess minerals and chemicals. This helps avoid the buildup of residues on your fountain.

Tap water is your cheapest solution, but this puts your fountain at risk. Mineral deposits can cause many problems on your water feature. Your pump will wear out easily due to the debris that comes along with the water. You will also see a discoloration of the water, as well as on the surface of your base.

But you don't just want to keep an eye on your fountain water. You have to know how often will you need to fill your fountain. There are many aspects that affect water evaporation and discoloration--two telling signs that the water in your outdoor fountain is not enough. One is the humidity and heat. The higher the temperature, the faster water evaporates. In order to check this, measure the amount of water you fill the pump with. Take a glance at your water basin each week and discover the amount of water lost due to evaporation. From here, you can gauge when the required portion of water will have to be refilled.

You also need to consider the largeness of the basin. The bigger the container covered with water, the more you need to fill it with. One thing that you have to look out for is the fountain's exposure to the sun—this increases radiant heat and in turn, affects the rate of evaporation. Lastly, you also need to consider the time your fountain is switched on. As water is circulated and exposed, the faster it evaporates. Take note that it also tends to splash on the ground and skin.

Paying attention is the best solution in keeping your outdoor fountain at its best. Regular maintenance will help avoid future problems in the pump and on the surface. It also helps that you understand the way different outdoor fountains work. Each design requires different needs.

To find out more about outdoor fountains, listen to the pros. Stay tuned to this blog and discover how you can make the most of your water feature.

Go Powerless: The Benefits of Solar Fountains

Outdoor water fountains are single-handedly one of the best ways to give life to your backyard. They’re beautiful, serene, give visual interest to the exterior space, and provide a clean water source to birds and other tiny creatures. The only issue people often have is the limiting power cords. A water fountain requires a pump to circulate the water, and that means the need for an electrical outlet. So what’s the solution? Solar power, of course!

1) Location

Without the cumbersome tangle of cords trailing from your outdoor fountain, you can literally place your water display anywhere you wish. That perfect little corner at the far end of our yard that has just been screaming for…something? Well, now you can fill the empty space with a fountain or a recycling bird bath and never have to worry about a long extension cord hiding in the grass.

2) Energy Saving

Having extra luxuries around your property like hot tubs, sprinkler systems, and even water fountains can seriously drive up your power bill and energy costs. By switching to a solar fountain you take away the consumption of energy that a regular fountain would use. Smart and still stylish. Why not?

3) Eco-Friendly

Nowadays, everything is all about saving energy, cutting down our carbon footprints, and being environmentally friendly. And why not? We should be finding ways to take care of our planet as it takes care of us. Even something as small as a water fountain. It may not seem like much, but if everyone converted to a solar-powered model, we’d take a big chunk out of that carbon footprint, wouldn’t we?

4) Cordless

Having a regularly powered fountain means fussing with the electrical cords and making sure they’re safely tucked down and don’t pose a tripping hazard to people in the yard. But when you go cordless (aka solar power) you eliminate that nuisance.  

5) No Outlet Required

This one ties in with the location and cordless points, but still should be noted on its own. One of the inconveniences of having an outdoor water fountain is trying to find a great spot for it but also a spot near an outlet. You could dribble a long extension cord all over your yard, but who wants to do that? Especially when you could just avoid it all. Go solar and save yourself the trouble.

There are tons of great solar powered outdoor water fountains online. Check out some of the beautiful models that Outdoor Fountain Pros has to offer.

Common Outdoor Fountain Problems and How to Solve It

An outdoor fountain offers many benefits for your health and home. It adds cosmetic value to your property and makes your gardens and patios more inviting. The soothing sounds it produce helps you concentrate and lowers your anxiety and stress. These and more are already good reasons why you should install one in your home, but before you go buying it, there are some things you need to know in order to avoid the problems that may go with it.

First mistake: Lack of planning.

It's nice to see the water jet out of your fountain and form delightful cascades in layers. But did you know that it is necessary to pre-plan the size of splash and shoot before you install your water feature? Ignoring this step may cause issues to your garden. A small basin with a large splash radius may cause flower beds to be muddy and look unsightly. The fountain, in turn, will lose water which ends up in a worn-out pump. It is important to buy a large catch basin to prevent water from jetting out of the installation.

Second mistake: Gaps in the spout

This may produce liner leaks which cause problem to the plumbing. A problem prevalent to outdoor wall fountains, one keen solution is defining where the holes are. Easily to this by sprinkling the facade with cornstarch, which allows you to discern the water movement through the eddies. Find the spot and put on a patch for a quick remedy. You can always call a professional to help you seal the gap.

Third mistake: Not replacing the water regularly

Did you know that stale water deposits can actually harm your health? Mold accumulates in water over time. As it is the same liquid that swirls around your fountain pump and jets to the ground and on your skin, there is a good possibility that you, your kids or your pets get sick. Avoid this by replacing the water consistently, about once in every month. Notice the color. If your fountain produces hazy colored water, it's about time to stop the pump and give it a good drain. Clean it before adding a new batch of water into your fountain.

Fourth mistake: Incorrect measurements

You need to consider the outdoor space you have for your water feature. Be realistic. While you may be tempted to get a bigger, freestanding stone-cast fountain, it may be too big for your garden and may cramp the space. Also, remember that bigger fountains require bigger pumps, which may end up raising quite a bit on your utility bill. Other than the fountain size, you want to know whether your water system fits your new feature. Make sure that the plumbing is close enough to provide water from the pump, as well as electricity, to keep the fountain running.

Buying the right outdoor fountain involves more than choosing the perfect design to go with your home’s aesthetics. Your responsibility does not end after plugging your water system in and seeing the water splashing and cascading out of the basin. Make sure that you preserve your fountain, as well as everything around it, with proper upkeep and regular cleaning.

Outdoor Fountains for the Animal Lover in All of Us

Outdoor fountains come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, and even themes. There’s models for modern exteriors as well as traditional and both boast features like water falls, ponds, spheres, and animals. That’s right, animals. For those of us who just love little creatures of any kind, there’s a fountain for you1 Check out some of these great outdoor fountains with animal themes.

1) Ribbit!

The Frog Plinth Garden Water Fountain's size makes it ideal for small sitting areas or along your garden path. The Frog Plinth Garden Water Fountain adds a bit of charm and tranquility to any outdoor living space. As water flows out from the sitting frog statue and falls into the pool below, it creates the sound of water in motion. Beautifully crafted from durable cast stone, it is made to last.

2) Birdies!

A gorgeous combination of a bird bath and water fountain. The Aya Garden Water Fountain features a classic, two-tiered design on a flute pedestal that is just perfect for when you need to create a beautiful and bird-friendly focal point for any outdoor setting. It is crafted from fiber reinforced cast stone concrete that ensures that you and your avian friends get to enjoy the fountain for a long time.

3) Giddy Up!

A large water feature with an ornate design that is matched with an equally stunning and tiered water flow, this Cavalli Outdoor Water Fountain by Al's Garden Art is made with durable cast stone in a variety of finish options and comes with a 12-foot-wide Bracci Basin. A colossal piece that stretches over 8 feet tall, this fountain has ample space for the water to flow in elegant streams and to create an almost thunderous yet still relaxing acoustic that will fill even the most spacious of gardens.

4) Bears!

A unique and endearing piece, the Bear Family Garden Water Fountain is an artful sculpture and water feature in one. The entire piece paints a charming picture of a mama bear and her two cubs on top of a rocky structure. Made with durable cast stone, this piece will create a pleasant surprise when placed among garden greeneries and flowers.

5) Rawr!

Creating a delightful display of water in motion as water comes out from a spigot in a masterfully crafted lion's mouth, the Lion Element Garden Water Fountain is perfect to spruce up a boring patio wall, or a neglected garden fence. Beautifully crafted from cast stone with a wide variety of color options, the Lion Element Garden Water Fountain will be an instant focal point in any environment it is placed.

These are just a few of the unique animal themed water fountains that Outdoor Fountains Pros has to offer. Check out their online catalogue for the rest of the woodland friends that could take up residence in your yard.

The Quizzical Trick Fountains of Peterhof Palace

The Peterholf Palace is a magnificent structure erected in the heart of Saint Petersburg, Russia, created solely under the command of Peter the Great. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the grand array of the palace is sometimes compared to The Versailles in France. Both features an awe-inspiring facade, a whimsical garden, and a series of water features enough to imbibe onlookers in a magical moment.

Peterhof Palace was initially conceived as a humble residence for Peter the Great's wife, Catherine. However, in 1705, the makers realize the potential of creating a grand structure out of the site. A group of geniuses, mainly composed of architects, engineers, artists and gardeners, were gathered to create a stunning summer residence for the couple. An ambitious plan was drafted, including a central palace surrounded with a mass of trees and an array of fountains, pools and cascades. A visit to Versailles fueled a fire in creating a greater castle.

Thousands of workers were employed to work on the castle. Among their laborious efforts was digging a grand canal between the palace and the sea. Construction started in 1714 and ended in 1723. Some fine work continued with regards to the decorations on the interior and embellishments of the garden.

The main highlight of the castle is perhaps the Grand Cascade, which is inspired from XIV's Château de Marly outdoor backdrop. Inside is an artificial grotto that contains two narratives which are faced from the inside out and were sculpted from an earthen hued stone. On the display is a snack table that houses a bowl of fruit. Jets of water shoot out whenever a visitor reaches out for the fruit, as if warning them not to touch another's property. A joke was hidden, not only in the prime fountain, but on the other water features as well.

Samson's Fountain is among the most eye-catching part of the area. The narrative depicts the strong Biblical character, tearing apart the jaws of a lion. It was a symbolical play to Russia's victory over Sweden, as the lion is often seen in the Swedish coat of arms, and the victory was helmed on St. Samson's day. On the lion's mouth is a 20-meter vertical water shoot, the highest of all the water features.

But the fun does not end there. The Sea Channel, fondly known as the Marine Canal, features twenty fountains and showcases the most extensive water feature during the Baroque era. Among them is the Sun, which resembles the rays of the fiery globe with a disc of water jets while rotating on a vertical axis. There are mysterious fountains which appear as trees. Sensors scan the guests and soak them with water whenever they pass by. A bench shaded by an umbrella flows with water, making the visitor very uncomfortable as they sit down!

Looking for unusual, clever trick fountains? Add some fun to your outdoors by installing a modern water feature. Our recommendations: brilliant wall fountains that add an old world feature to your contemporary space, or a solar fountain that uses energy from the sun! Take a peek at our collection and discover the fountain that's right for you.

The Gorgeous Oval Fountain of Villa d'Este, Tivoli

Awarded as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Villa d'Este is a sublime castle perched in the heart of Tivoli, Rome. On its colorful facade are traces of the haunting beauty of strong Renaissance architecture, featured in the detailed sculpt work on the walls of the entrance. High rising trees, perhaps as old as the erection of the manor, welcomes the guest into a majestic view of old nobility. Clear water shoots up from the rows of fountains from the entrance to the inner gardens.

Ville d'Este was known to be commissioned by Cardinal Ippolito Il d'Este, the governor of Tivoli and the namesake of the villa. His new position came with a gift: a palace, which he had reconstructed with the help of Pirro Ligorio and the court architect, Alberto Galvani. The vivid colors of the walls and interiors were done by the Forli artist, Livio Agresti. Because of its intense detailwork, the villa took more than twenty years of completion. It is with dismay that the d'Este was not able to see the perfected look of his grand project.

With a great nod to Renaissance mannerism, the sloped gardens were designed with water tanks, cascades and pools. Marble was mainly used for its construction. Helmed as a "fantasy garden", statues were installed along with the grand water features, creating a storytelling ambiance within the lush backdrop of the forest.

Cardinal Alessandro d'Este extended the gardens before it has been passed to the House of Habsburg, when the d'Este daughter was married to the duke. Years after its neglect, the villa was purchased by the Italian state and was restored back to its full glory. Today, it is used as a museum and a grand park of remarkable fountains, including the Oval Fountain.

The star among the villa's gorgeously arrayed water features, the Oval Fountain is located right in the center of the architectural masterpiece. It is said that that fountain was inspired from the Tiburtine Mountains and the beautiful cascading falls from which derived the three main rivers of Tivoli:  the Aniene, Albuneo and Ecolaneo. These rivers are represented into three magnificent statues. A great pool of clear water surrounds the jetting of liquid atop the oval basin. Notably, this basin appears to be a glass of champagne which overflows with the drink. Several caves were dug around the pool, from which the water flows from the upper basin. Each cave has a smaller fountain where the water gushes out.

This beautiful fountain has inspired many other replicas in Europe, such as the Jardin de Tivoli in Paris and the modern contemporary water feature by Fritz Meyer, installed in a park in Copenhagen. It is also reminiscent to a similar looking fountain tucked inside the Capitol Way in the State of Washington. This was created by Peter Schmidt.

Inspired by this beautiful Renaissance water fountain? You too, can achieve such luxury with your own outdoor water feature. Browse through our range of beautiful fountains for your garden and patio and discover how you can add a renaissance glam to your own property.