A home fountain is among the most preferred of decorative elements in household garden spaces. Home fountains are easy-to-maintain and lend the outdoors an aura of progressive styling. However, being continuously exposed to the outdoors means that a home fountain needs some regular caring for its proper maintenance. Use the following tips to maintain your home fountain in an easy-yet-effective way:
Remove Clogging Agents
Outdoor factors such as strong winds blowing fragments from the garden and other climatic hazards mean a sustained onslaught of debris that can easily overwhelm the fountain. It is advised that you manually remove the easily-removable objects like leaves and twigs on a daily basis. Such debris can easily get sucked into the pump and clog it. If the overnight climate has been particularly rough, use an old toothbrush to clear-out debris from hard-to-reach places in the fountain and the pump.
If you suspect the pump of being clogged, rinse it repeatedly with a solution containing white vinegar and water in a ratio of 2:1. This loosens the debris and weakens any mineral deposition upon the pump’s parts. Cleaning your pump at least once a month is seriously recommended.
Use Safer Cleaning Products
Any outdoors home fountain needs a periodic cleaning to remove the grime that has collected on its surface. This is a basic cleaning demand wherein you need water and household cleaning agents. If you are worried about the safety of the birds that flock to your garden fountain, choose only natural cleaning products. Such products are easily available in the market and are marketed specifically for being safe for children, pets and birds. Never use chemically-formulated household cleaners as they can prove toxic and induce chemical reactions on the surface of a home fountain.
Place Home Fountain with Care
Apart from regular fountain cleaning, you need to undertake some measures to reduce the stress of outdoor elements on the fountains and the cleaning requirements. This can be done by smartly placing the home fountain. Try various spots in the garden space for placing the fountain. Finalize a spot that is least exposed to the outside winds, sunlight and the nearby shrubs/garden vegetation.
Protect Fountain Surface with Sealer
Though minimal aging of the garden fountain lends it a stylishly-progressive, aged appearance, sustained deterioration of the surface can reduce the overall lifespan of the fountain. Thus, you need to limit the aging process and protect the fountain against natural forces inducing weathering. This is most applicable to concrete home fountains wherein sealing periodically with a concrete sealer can readily strengthen the fountain surface. Even fountains with a finished concrete surface might need sealer treatment after a few years of being exposed to sunlight. The other option is to use a latex paint. This can be used minimally to coat small fading spots or lines on the fountain surface.
Repairing Fountain Surface Cracks
Cracks are inevitable in garden fountains. The easiest way of repairing them is using an epoxy agent. This is perfect for filling the cracks as epoxy dries quickly and bonds across nearly every surface. The epoxy bond is immune to moisture. The epoxy-treated cracks can be later concealed with a coat of latex paint.
Caring against Mineral Build-Up
Mineral deposition is a common issue among most home fountains. To some extent, these can be easily wiped-off. However, they can induce stains or form hard-to-remove layers. For this, you can use a retailed fountain cleaner compound. These are often retailed as lime removers.
Caring against Algae
Algae can make the fountain appear rather ugly and in some areas, they are a perennial problem. You can use various products that are specifically retailed for neutralizing the algae problem. This includes enzyme tablets. You can also use water mixed with some white vinegar or traces of bleach.