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The topics in this article apply to the following floor fountains:
Since your floor fountain depends on a small electrical pump, and since water conducts electricity, take reasonable precautions against shock hazards.
The water feature should be close enough to an electrical outlet that no extension cord is needed.
Don’t run power cords under carpets or across areas of foot traffic or where chair legs or other objects could get tangled in the cord. Someone might trip and fall or pull the Sculpture over.
Typically, the pump requires a grounded three-pronged 110-volt outlet. Ground-fault circuit-interrupter (GFCI) equipped outlets are recommended for protection against electrical shock hazards, also. If you are in doubt about the electrical safety measures in your house or office wiring, consult a professional electrician.
Position the pumps cord so any water which might ever leak, spill, or splash does not drip into the electrical outlet. Let the cord hang below the level of the outlet, so if water does run down the cord it will drip on the floor before reaching the outlet.
While unlikely, a pet or child could be electrocuted by chewing or otherwise cutting through the power cord. Try to position the fountain so its power cord is out of sight and out of reach of children and pets.
Submersible pumps are not designed to work in air and should only be used when covered with water. Never let your pump run dry (run without water flowing through it). If the pump is making a sucking or growling sound, it is telling you, 'please give me water'.
Turn off the pump if you're going to be away for a prolonged time (unavailable to monitor and replenish the water).
These are freestanding units, often of a size and design which make them a focal point in a room. Generally speaking, because of their overall size, height, and/or weight, these sculptures are intended to be placed on the floor, not on a table or other elevated, supporting surface. The location should be firm and level, both for safety and the sculptures performance.
Unpack Your Floor Fountain
By now you have found the perfect spot to place your floor fountain. Take the boxed sculpture to the desired location and carefully remove the box and wrapping. Place the sculpture in the desired location ensuring that the piece is on a level surface.
Check The Pump
Make sure that the pump is in place and fastened securely to the sculpture. Check that all tubing is securely fastened in place.
Using distilled water only, add water to the base - the reservoir container - of your sculpture only to the top of the pump only, be sure there is enough water to completely submerge the pump.
Plug in and Adjust the Pump
Two safety rules. First, never run the pump unless it is submerged in water. Second, take your hands out of the water and make sure the plug and your hands are dry before plugging the cord in to the electrical outlet. When you plug in the pump, the water will begin flowing. It will take a moment for the water to reach the top of the sculpture before cascading down the front of the water wall. At first the water may not flow evenly. If this is the case, run your finger along the top of the feature to coax the water to start flowing evenly.
Make sure the water is flowing evenly on both the left and the right side of the water fountain. If the water is flowing faster on one side than the other your water wall may require some leveling. Take one of the shims provided and tilt the water wall to slip the shim under the side of the water wall which is flowing the quickest. This should even out the flow enough to achieve an even cascade.
On the pipe/tubing connected to your pump there are two ball valves. Valve A -- next to the pump may be used to control the speed at which the water flows. Experiment with the water flow by turning this valve gently. You want the water to flow strongly enough to create a nice effect, but not so strong that water splashes out of the container.
Take the excess power cord and arrange it so that it shows as little as possible by tucking it back into the basin of the water wall.
Take the grate and the decorative rock and rinse them thoroughly. Place the grate into the basin of the water wall. Next, place the rocks or marbles onto the grate. Make sure that the rocks or marbles do not fall through the grate as they could obstruct the flow of water.
Now that your have successfully set up your Sculpture, sit back, relax and enjoy.
Care and Maintenance
Keep Water Level High
The most important aspect of sculpture care is to maintain adequate water level. Depending on the moisture level of the sculpture's environment, you may need to fill it every 2-7 days. If you go out-of-town, unplug your sculpture. Do not let your pump run dry.
Clean Your Floor Fountain Every 1-3 Months
Calcium - Unsightly calcium deposits on ceramic and stone parts of your sculpture can be removed. We recommend using an old toothbrush or other suitable brush, dish detergent, and warm water to clean the base of the sculpture and rocks inside where mineral deposits may build up. Rinse thoroughly and dry before refilling with distilled water (See Installation instructions).
Replacing all the water in the sculpture once a month will naturally cut back on deposits and possible algae growth. It greatly reduces the need to take a sculpture apart for cleaning.
Draining Your Fountain
On the pipe/tubing connected to your pump there are two ball valves. Valve B farthest away from the pump is used to drain your sculpture. Simply attach drain hose to Valve B, placing the other end of the hose into a bucket or container large enough to hold the water you are removing from your sculpture. Turn on pump until water is drained. Remember do not run the pump dry. Once the water is below the pump, remove the water by hand with a cup or towels.
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