The perfect outdoor fountain will create a stunning focal point for your garden or patio. Proper maintenance and care will ensure that your fountain looks and performs its best for many years to come. There are thousands of different types of outdoor fountains to choose from, so it will be simple to find one that suits your personal tastes, budget, and the amount of time you are willing to invest in care and maintenance.
Basic Outdoor Fountain Care
Most of the time, you hear a lot of emphasis placed on maintaining the proper water level for your fountain, but just as important is keeping your fountain clean. Once a week, you should wipe the inner bowl of your fountain with a soft cloth. Not only does this keep your fountain looking its best, but it also helps prevent a buildup of dirt and debris. It is also imperative to remember to clean and refill the pump of your outdoor fountain on a bi-weekly or monthly basis (depending on the size of your fountain). If your fountain’s pump runs dry, you can bet that it will result in the purchase of a new one.
Cleaning Your Outdoor Fountain
Cleaning your fountain’s pump and bowl is critical to ensuring a long lifespan. The bowl itself should be emptied and gently scrubbed with dish detergent and a non-abrasive sponge once every 1 to 2 months. However, before you begin cleaning your fountain, you are strongly encouraged to pull out the owner/operator’s manual to double check and see if your fountain requires a special type of cleaning. For example, some outdoor fountains will require filtered water or additional additives to remove buildups of calcium or mold.
Cleaning Your Outdoor Fountain’s Pump
Before removing your outdoor fountain’s pump, flip through the manufacturer’s guide on proper detachment and cleaning methods. After the pump has been removed and open, you can gently place it in a solution of one-part vinegar and three parts water for a simple cleaning solution.
Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let It Snow
In regions that experience moderate to severe seasonal climate changes, outdoor fountains should be brought indoors to prevent them from freezing and/or cracking. This is especially true for fountains that are crafted from marble. If the fountain’s size prevents it from being easily moved, the next best alternative is to drain it completely dry, thoroughly dry it with a soft cloth, and place a fountain cover over it in order to shield it from the weather.