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Outdoor Fountain Care
Your Guide to Caring for and Maintaining your Garden Fountains
Patio fountains are lovely to look at during the spring and summer, however, they are not ideal for the fall and winter. During these long months, you should keep your patio fountain covered so that it does not acquire leaves and pond scum that can easily come about from lack of cleaning or an excess of nearby trees.
Strain your patio fountain with a pool strainer regularly to keep buildup of moss, and occasionally even frogs, to a minimum. During the winter time, you should disconnect and drain your fountain so that the water does not freeze. The ice can expand in your fountain causing the stone itself to crack and wear easily. This can be avoided by draining and refilling your fountain in the spring time. Keep your patio fountain covered to avoid animals nesting as well as leaves collecting in your patio fountain.
Sometimes, staining your patio fountain with a resin coating or even paint can help keep moss and bacteria from growing in your pond during the more humid days of summer. Read on for some commonly asked questions about garden fountains.
How do I prevent and clean algae from my garden fountain?
Will wind blow my outdoor fountain over?
I have a small crack, causing a leak in my fountain?
How do I prevent debris from getting in my pump and how do I keeping my outdoor fountains clean?
To prevent dirt from getting into your pump, a suggestion would be to wrap the pump in mesh screen, some outdoor pumps will have this, but if not, this is easy to do. In addition, do a weekly cleaning of your fountain. It is not necessary to completely empty it to clean it. Use a shovel or strainer to clean debris out of the base of the fountain and add water. You can wipe the outside and inside of the fountain with a soft cloth. Read our Water Fountain Care and Maintenance Tips for more details on cleaning your outdoor fountain.
What is this white mineral build up on my water fountain and how do I get rid of it?
This is called white scale, it is a calcium buildup that develops from hard water. Sometimes, if allowed to build up too much, it will be impossible to completely remove. A simple solution: Try to remove it by using CLR (calcium lime remover) or white vinegar (rubbing gently with a non-abrasive sponge) and then run the fountain to see the white wash away. Water carries molecules and can wash away the free deposits. There are also some great fountain care products to help prevent future white scale buildup. A product such as No More White Scale or Care Free Enzyme Fountain Protector will help keep your water clean.
Outdoor Fountain Winter Care - What do I do with my outdoor fountain to prepare for cold winter months?
How do I repair chips in a stone or cast stone fountain?
Water seems to be repelling off my fountain, what can I do?