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All About Water Bowls: Installation And Maintenance

March 09, 2023 5 min read

All About Water Bowls: Installation And Maintenance

Water bowls are outdoor water features designed to provide a soothing and refreshing element to patios, decks, and gardens. They come in various materials, sizes, and styles and can be either freestanding or built-in. Patio water bowls add a touch of elegance and tranquility to any outdoor living space.

Important Notes: Requirements And Reminders

Water requirement: 12-15 GPM (Gallons per minute)

What you need:

  • Silicone or epoxy adhesive
  • 1 1/2" PVC and PVC connections
  • decorative stones (optional)

Items included when purchasing water bowl: 

  • Smooth Flow Water Fitting (1 1/2" MIP)
  • Copper Spillway


smooth flow and copper

The Installation

  1. First, remove the nut using a reverse thread to install the smooth flow water fitting onto the bowl. Then, apply silicone to the interior of the water fitting to prevent any water leakage. After that, tighten the fitting while remembering that the nut is a reverse thread. Allowing enough curing time for the silicone is important to prevent any water leaks.
  2. Perform a leak test by adding small quantities of water inside the bowl. If a leak is identified, use additional silicone to patch it. Once no leaks are detected, proceed to install the water supply line.
  3. Attach your water supply line to the 1 ½” female inlet of the water fitting to install the water bowl and achieve optimal water flow. You can use reducers or bushings to adjust the fitting to match the size of your water supply line. This fitting is specifically designed for water bowl installation purposes.
  4. To ensure the bowl is properly installed, fasten it securely to the column using bonding agents like thin-set, mortar, cement, or anchors. However, if you opt for anchors, pre-drill the bowl to prevent damage. Additionally, check that the bowl is water-tight before securing it. To maintain a consistent water flow, level the bowl during installation to allow even water discharge from the scupper. Failure to level the bowl may cause irregular water flow.
  5. Attach the scupper to the bowl by using an epoxy adhesive, silicone, or any other bonding agent of your choice. Ensure that the scupper is leveled to optimize water flow output. The scupper should be permanently fixed to the lip of the bowl.
  6. Once prepared, you can activate your water bowl and place decorative stones inside the bowl for added aesthetics.


NOTE: It's important towinterize your water bowls in regions where temperatures drop below freezing. To do this, drain the bowls before temperatures reach freezing. Water remaining in the water line can expand and rupture the line when frozen.

Before using the water bowl: 

  1. Before use, check the water feature for debris and remove any present.
  2. To ensure proper water flow, make sure that the water fitting is clear of debris.

Maintenance: 2x a year, it is recommended to perform the following maintenance tasks on your water feature:

  1. Conduct a leak test by inspecting all connections using silicone or epoxy adhesives. Exposure to water chemicals and UV light can wear down these seals, and you may need to reapply the sealant.
  2. Gently tug on the copper spillway to check its tightness. If too loose, the water flow can dislodge the spillway, leaving an unsightly concrete surface and disrupting the water flow.

Annually: Once a year, turning on the water feature is recommended to ensure it's functioning correctly.

Why Buy From Us?

Purchasing a water bowl from an authorized distributor has several advantages. Firstly, an authorized distributor will have direct access to the manufacturer and will be able to provide accurate information about the product and its features. They will also have in-depth knowledge of installing and maintaining the water feature, which can save time and money in the long run.

Purchasing from an authorized distributor ensures you get a genuine and high-quality product. Unauthorized resellers may sell counterfeit or damaged products that do not function properly and may not have a warranty.

An authorized distributor guarantees that you have access to customer support and after-sales service. Authorized distributors are trained to provide customer support and can help troubleshoot any issues that may arise with the water feature. They can also assist with repairs and maintenance, ensuring the product's longevity.

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Following the proper installation guide when setting up an outdoor water bowl is important to ensure it functions correctly and safely. Improper installation can lead to leaks, water damage, or electrical hazards. Regular maintenance is also essential to keep the water bowl clean and to operate efficiently. This includes cleaning the water bowl regularly, checking the water level, and ensuring the pump and electrical connections are in good condition. 

It's also important to keep debris and leaves out of the water bowl to prevent clogging and damage to the pump. Following the proper installation guide and regular maintenance, the outdoor water bowl can provide years of enjoyment and tranquility in your outdoor living space.

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