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Indoor Fountains: What to Expect

Posted by Candace Osmond on

                                     

Indoor fountains are our way of bring the outside in. They create a sense of tranquility and calming peace that other décor simply cannot offer. They alert the senses and look pretty fabulous doing so. Indoor installations can be found in both residential and commercial spaces but hey all have one thing in common: maintenance. If you don’t know who to maintain your indoor fountain, then you’re going to have some problems. But follow these simple steps to achieve longevity and a healthy working fountain.

1. The Pump

Any indoor water installation is going to run on power. It’s what fuels the recycling of the water and creates circulation in the fountain. But it’s very important to know that you should always, and I mean always, keep the pump submersed in water. Never let the water levels lower enough that the pump emerges.

2. Consistent Power

In line with the pump tip above, you should also try and make sure to keep the pumped system powered at all times. If you have a long trip coming up, ask a family member or friend to come over and check on it. Keeping the pump constantly plugged in ensures proper water flow and recycling of it. If it’s turned off for long periods of time, then the algae and bacteria build-up can become troublesome and hard to filter. If you are ever faced with this situation, it’s best not to turn it on. Just put the fountain through a cleaning process.

3. Cleaning

Proper and frequent cleaning really is the best way to maintain your indoor fountain’s life. It’s a bit of a process, but if you stay on top of it then the process never gets overwhelming. It’s recommended that you clean an indoor fountain at last once per month. Simply remove all components; pump, rocks, ornaments, etc. and thoroughly clean them with a mild soap and water or vinegar water solution. Dump the old water out and use a mild, non-abrasive sponge to scrub the inside surface of the fountain. Once every component is cleaned and fresh, simply put it all back together and add new water.

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Extra Tips

Never clean your indoor fountain with bleach products or strong chemicals. They leave a lingering residue on the surface of your fountain’s components and can seriously damage the working system.

If you have small children, try and keep the fountain elevated and out of reach. They can harm themselves with the electrical components as well as damage your fountain.

You can use an old toothbrush to clean the smaller pieces and hard to reach areas

Using distilled water to refill your fountain can cut down on the growth of algae and other bacteria