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|Protecting Outdoor Water Fountains|
To protect your outdoor water fountains centain things should be done. Some of the main things to keep in mind are discussed below. They are not hard and can be done by the average consumer. Following these tips will prolong the life of your outdoor fountain.
Keep The Level In Your Water Fountain High
The water level should be kept full to the rim at all times. This works to cool the fountain and prevent the concrete material from potentially shocking and cracking. Such shocking and cracking can result from the concrete becoming overheated in sunlight and shocking against the cooler parts of the fountain with water. Keeping the water level as full as possible at all times will prevent this type of damage to your fountain.
Cover and Drain Outdoor Fountains In Harsh Weather
During the winter months an outdoor water fountain constructed on concrete should be covered with a waterproof tarp to prevent damage. The damage from leaving the fountain uncovered is cracking. This potential cracking is the result of the material quickly contracting under the cold temperature. The hard concrete material is not flexible enough to bend under the force of the temperature and cracking is the only option of release to counteract the stress on the concrete.
A fountain should also be drained of all remaining water in conjunction with covering. If water is left inside it will freeze and solidify. This solidification will push against the concrete material and cause it to crack.
An even better alternative to draining and tarping is to dismantle and move your fountain inside. This solution is not always ideal, however, due to the weight and bulk of most items. Also, moving the fountain is only feasible if the harsh weather lasts for certain months only and not on an intermittent basis. Moving the heavy fountain parts also entails some risk of dropping and scratching and will also entail installing the fountain when the weather becomes warmer. For these reasons draining and tarping may be the best solution for you if you do not have the equipment or predictable weather to move your fountain indoors.
Fill Your Outdoor Water Fountain At Appropriate Times
When you fill your outdoor water fountain is important. You should fill it in the morning or evening hours. The reason for this is because it is cool out during these times. The fountain should never be filled when it is hot to the touch. When we add water we are in effect cooling the material and the material is always flexing ever so slightly when exposed to temperature extremes of cold and heat. We need to minimize these quick fluctuations in temperature to prevent the material from flexing and causing small fissures in the material. If these temperature extremes happen to often these small fissures will result in cracks over time.
Keep The Fountain Water Feature Free Of Leaves And Debris
The water filter on an outdoor water feature should be cleaned at least once a month. This cleaning will remove leaves that have fallen into the fountain water and other debris that have been blown in by the wind. This cleaning will prevent the pump from becoming clogged.
Protecting Outdoor Fountains From Hard Water Deposits
If the fountain develops algae drain the water and scrub off the fountain with a brush. Scrub with care and not to hard to prevent damaging or rubbing off the stain. Afterwards rinse the fountain thoroughly. If algae becomes a problem you can use an algae reducer solution such as Fountec solution.
White residue is the result of calcium or minerals in the local tap water supply that may build up on exterior surfaces. If you notice mineral build-up you should act to remove it right away. The best way to remove white scale build-up is to lightly scrub the fountain with a mixture of Protec solution and water. If mineral deposits are not removed they will eventually stain and damage the fountain. Such damage and stains are not covered under the manufacturer's warranty so it is best to remove them early. If you have a fountain Autofill with filter system this would help prevent calcium and mineral deposits.
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