Fountain Maintenance and Care: Water Topics
Posted on 17 January 2017
Despite how beautiful fountains are to look at even on their own, the water really is the main attraction. When you walk in a room and see a slate water wall, you don't notice the intricate patterns in the slate first. The initial thing you notice is the cascading water. You also often hear it before you even see it! So, naturally the water is the center of attention. Therefore it is important that you know everything you need to about fountain maintenance and care regarding the water in your piece.
Why Use Distilled Water?
Hard water has a high mineral content. When water percolates through calcium- and magnesium-containing elements hard water spots are left behind. Not only are they a real pain to clean; they slow down your pump and can clog the tiny holes at the top of the fountain that the water flows out of. Distilled water does not have these minerals, so this is not as much of a concern.
Is There an Alternative to Distilled Water?
Fortunately, there are fountain treatment products available that work with regular tap water. Distilled water is always the best option, but these products are a great alternative. If you have a floor fountain and a pet make sure that you use a product that is safe for pets. You never know how much water they are drinking when you are not home.
How Much Water Does the Fountain Get?
At the very least, the pump needs to be submerged. So, you need at least that much water. Keep in mind that it evaporates, too. Ideally, you will fill the basin a lot closer to the top though. After you fill it for the first time, you will want to have extra water handy for when you start it. The level in the basin will drop once the water is making its cycle. You don't want to risk the pump surfacing, so having extra water will ensure that does not become an issue.
Why is the Fountain Dirty Even Though Distilled Water Was Used?
One great benefit fountains provide that you might not know about is that they clean the air. So, fabric fibers, dust, pet dander, small particles, etc., are all attracted to the water. When they touch the water they stays there, and these eventually accumulate enough to make the fountain's water look dirty.