Keeping Your Large Outdoor Fountain Clean

Water fountains will last a long time with scheduled cleaning and maintenance. It is easy for foreign items to find their way into outdoor fountains, so keeping it clean is vital. Additionally, anywhere light from the sun mixes with still water, algae can form. Either sea salt, hydrogen peroxide, or vinegar can be dissolved into the water to eliminate this issue. There are those who like to use bleach, but that is hazardous to any animals that might drink or bathe in the water - so should therefore be avoided.

Every three-four months, garden fountains should go through a decent cleaning. Before you start cleaning, all the water must be eliminated. Next use mild soap and a soft sponge to clean the innner part of the reservoir. If there is intricate artwork, you might need to use a toothbrush for those hard-to-reach areas. Do not leave any soap deposit inside or on the fountain.

Various organisms and calcium deposits can get inside the pump, so it is recommended to take it apart and clean it completely. Soaking it in vinegar for a time will make it easier to scrub. Mineral or rain water, versus tap water, is ideal in order to eliminate any build-up of chemicals inside the pump.

And finally, make sure the water level is consistently full in order to keep your fountain working optimally. If the water level slides below the pump’s intake level, it can watery hurt the pump and cause it to burn out - something you do not want to happen!

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