How to clean and maintain your outdoor water feature
Outdoor water fountains are a beautiful addition to any garden, but they do require regular care. For best results, outdoor fountains should be cleaned once a week. Less frequent cleaning can result in dirt and grime build-up that becomes harder to clean and can affect the appearance and functionality of your fountain.
Cleaning Equipment Checklist for Outdoor Water Features
Here’s what you’ll need:
Mild liquid soap
Soft rag or cloth
Calcium lime removal product (optional)
Distilled white vinegar (optional)
10 Easy steps to Maintain your Outdoor water feature:
Turn off your water fountainand unplug it from its power source before you start cleaning. For larger fountains, this may require switching off power at the breaker box. This is a very important step. Failure to do this could result in burns or deadly injury.
Remove all items from the basin of your water fountain, such as stones and other decorative items. These can be cleaned separately to ensure there is no algae growth.
Remove the pump from your water fountain. This will give you full access to the pump while cleaning and allow you to remove any leaves and other debris from the intake valve and housing. Rinse the pump with a garden hose.
Wipe the pump with a damp cloth, and use a toothbrush to scrub hard-to-reach places. Flush the pump and hose lines if they appear to be clogged. At the same time, check for algae or other damaging substances that could shorten the life of the pump.
Empty the water out of the fountain. This includes the basin, pump and lines. Large water fountains may require a sump pump to clear quickly.
Be sure you are not using any potentially harmful chemicals to clean your water fountain. Water fountains come in a wide variety of materials, including ceramic, copper and stainless steel. So, it’s a good idea to consult your owner’s manual for recommendations on safe cleaning aids. In most cases, mild liquid soap can be used without worry of damaging your unit.
Scrub any algae completely off your fountain. Be sure to focus on water inlets and tier basins. If your fountain receives a lot of direct sunlight, you may want to add a water algaecide that’s safe for kids, pets and wildlife.
Once you have thoroughly cleaned and wiped down your water fountain, fill it with distilled water and dry it completely before reinstalling your pump and turning on the power. Distilled water may not be practical for large outdoor fountains. If so, try a fountain protector such as Fountain Cleanser or Bird Bath Cleanser which are safe for wildlife. If your water feature includes other materials such as steel or copper, you may want to invest in metal polish to get these decorative touches looking like new.
Rinse your water fountain to remove any cleaning solutions or soap.Soap can be harmful to the pump, causing it to work harder and eventually burn out.
Water Pump Maintenance: When the water level drops too low, the pump must work extra hard, causing excessive wear and tear. For that reason, outdoor fountains should be refilled or topped off at least twice a week due to evaporation.
Winterizing:In climates where the temperature drops below freezing, it’s a good idea to winterize your outdoor water feature. Turn off the fountain, drain all water and either cover the fountain with a tarp or waterproof cover or take the fountain and pump inside if they are small and light enough.
Outdoor fountains can last decades with the right care and maintenance. Follow these easy steps to maintain your outdoor fountain and enjoy it for years to come.
To experience the ease of lighting fire in your fire feature in just one click, the AWEIS system is a hassle free and completely safe option if installed properly. The AWEIS system is manufactured by Fire by design. They have introduced the automatic ignition for the fire features to ease out the procedure of lighting fire. For proper installation of AWEIS systems, fire by design recommends few considerations related to gas, electrical ignition, fire bowls, etc. Here, we will look into the electronic ignition considerations to ensure safe and correct installation of the AWEIS system.
Power Requirements Tiki Torches / Vulcan Fire Module
Daisy Chain Wiring of multiple features vs. Home Runs to each feature
Determining the Proper Power Supply
Fire Features near a Swimming Pool or Spa (within 5 feet)
Fire glass is a very popular and trending accessory available in the market for the fire feature. This enhances the beauty of the fire feature making it look more classy and attractive. Apart from the look, it also helps in effective burning and creates fuller and impressive flames. Maintaining fire glass stones is very easy and cost effective. You can clean and reuse it for a very long time. It will come out new after proper cleaning. The process of cleaning fire glass is very simple. Let’s look into the steps mentioned below for understanding the cleaning process:
Prepare your fire pit
Remove the existing fire glass from the fire feature
To light your fire feature instantly on a single click, the AWEIS system is hassle free and completely safe if installed properly. The AWEIS system is manufactured by Fire by design. They have introduced the automatic ignition for the fire features to ease out the procedure of lighting fire. For proper installation of AWEIS systems, few considerations need to be taken to account related to gas, electrical ignition, fire bowls, etc. Here, we will investigate the gas considerations to ensure safe and correct installation of the AWEIS system.
Manual gas shut off
Fire feature venting
Purging of new gas lines
Additional propane precaution
Main burner orifice
Plumbing parts not recommended for use in fire features.
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