Indoor water fountains are a stylish, effective and relatively inexpensive way to establish a peaceful, calm and relaxing atmosphere in your home or office. The sound of running water has always offered human beings a reassuring sense of tranquility, one that often gets lost in the hectic pace of modern day life.
Indoor fountains don’t require a lot of maintenance, but unfortunately we still see some people making common mistakes that limit the durability and enjoyment they get from their displays.
Here are the top 5 mistakes people make when caring for their indoor water fountain.
5 Mistakes to Avoid
1. Using Tap Water in your Fountain.
Indoor water fountains are designed to use distilled water, rather than tap water. Hard water or tap water can cause white spots to build up on the fountain. More white spots means more work for you when cleaning.
The added buildup can also put added strain on the pump and reduce its working life.
2. Incorrect Water Levels.
It’s very important to get the water level right. Too much water and you’ll get excess splashing and spillage. Not enough and you’ll get a noisy pump and water sputtering everywhere.
Your user manual will tell you how much water should be used in your fountain, and you should consult it when you set up your fountain. As a general rule, you need enough water to completely submerge the pump, but not so much that water spills out of the basin.
3. Not Cleaning your Fountain Regularly.
You should clean your fountain of excess debris on a daily basis and drain the fountain once per month for a thorough cleaning. It’s a good idea to use an anti-algae cleaning solution on a monthly basis so that you don’t get an unwanted buildup.
Replacing the water once a month helps keep your fountain clean and fresh and eliminates any unpleasant odors.
4. Turning the Pump on and off Frequently.
Water fountain pumps are designed to run continuously and turning them on and off frequently leads to added wear and tear which can reduce the working life of your pump. In addition, turning the pump off allows the water in the fountain to stagnate which can stimulate algae and bacterial growth.
For best results, allow your fountain to run continuously aside from scheduled cleaning times.
5. Placing them in high traffic areas.
Placing your indoor fountain in a high traffic area of your home exposes them to damage due to collisions and increased wear and tear. Not only that, but high traffic areas generally don’t mesh with the calm, peaceful effect you’re trying to achieve with an indoor fountain in the first place.
A better choice is to set up your fountain in a quiet room of your home, such as a den, library or sitting room. This protects your fountain, and allows it to better achieve the purpose for which it’s intended.
Taking care of your indoor water fountain shouldn’t be that difficult or time consuming. It’s just a matter of following a few basic steps and keeping a consistent cleaning and maintenance schedule.