Maintaining Wall Fountains
Maintenance of a wall fountain usually falls into several categories. First, the water you use will bring maintenance to a minimum. Second, caring for the metal components which includes the lower reservoir and upper hood. Third, changing the water and cleaning. The is a lot of thought that goes into engineering an indoor waterfall so be sure to care for your fountain appropriately.
Using The Correct Type Of Water
Using distilled water will bring maintenance to a minimum and prevent other problems. Distilled water does not have the minerals and deposits that city tap water does. These deposits will not crust on the fountain surfaces and interfere with running parts if you always use distilled water.
Caring For Metal Components
The metal and upper hood sections are some of the most visible sections of any wall fountain , so you should be careful to care for them appropriately. These metal parts are usually coated with a clear powder coating that keeps them looking beautiful. Copper is usually sealed with a clear coating that enables it to resist developing a patina and turning green as a result of exposure to moisture. When cleaning metal parts never use harsh chemicals, abrasive cleaners or rough materials to clean that may scratch or remove the outer clear coating. If the coating is removed the metal may discolor and not enjoy the protection it needs for exposure to the air and the moisture that surrounds the fountain. To clean metal parts simply wipe surfaces with a damp cloth and dry with a soft dry one. You can also wipe the metal with a damp cloth with a mild soap and water solution to remove fingerprints or smudges.
Changing Water And Cleaning
Every six months or so it is recommended to change the wall fountain water. Dust and other airborne particles as well as deposits from the natural stone may enter the water over time. Simply empty the water from the fountain and wipe down the inside of the water reservoir to remove dust and other particles.
Wall fountains are specially made to not splash. Eliminating any potential splashing will reduce the need to frequently wipe down metal sections. If you experience any splashing at the base of the fountain adjust the accent stones so they do not touch or rest up against the water feature stone surface. You can also adjust the lower splash guard closer to the stone surface. If you notice splash from the face section you can eliminate small splashes here by turning the fountain off and going over the rough sections with a scotch brite pad. If any splash is noticed from the top scrub the upper copper water distribution lip (not the hood) with a scotch brite pad to remove any oils or residue. Also, make sure the copper lip is flush with the stone surface and that there are no gaps between the metal edge and stone. The copper is made from a very pliable thin sheet which is meant to be molded to the stone surface by hand to eliminate gaps and sit flush with the natural stone which can have natural crevices.
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