How to Properly Maintain Your Indoor Fountain
Having an indoor fountain is a great way to add soothing and attractive decor to your home. Not only can you benefit from the beauty of an indoor fountain, but the soothing sounds of the trickling water can be very relaxing.
Although indoor fountains make great decorative pieces, many people shy away from purchasing them and placing them in their homes because they think these beautifully decorative pieces are difficult to care for. Fortunately, however, following a few tips and taking a few minutes every now and then to maintain your indoor fountain can keep it looking its best, and you can reap all of the benefits of having one of these gorgeous pieces in your home.
First of all, you will want to pay a bit of attention to the water that you put in your indoor fountain. It might seem easy to use tap water in order to fill your indoor fountain and get it started, but most tap water — whether it comes from your city, county or well — has minerals in it. Although these minerals are not unsafe for you to drink, they can cause unsightly rings and water spots in your indoor fountain. Therefore, you should consider purchasing distilled water for use in your fountain. You can typically buy a gallon of distilled water for around a dollar, and you won’t have to use a lot of water after you initially fill up your fountain; typically, just a splash or two of distilled water every day can keep your indoor fountain full. When you purchase this water, however, make sure that you don’t purchase drinking water or spring water; instead, look for pure distilled water for best results.
Using distilled water is the first step to keeping your fountain clean, but it won’t keep your indoor fountain spotless unless you put forth a bit of effort toward maintaining it. Over time, your indoor fountain might begin to grow a bit of algae; although this algae isn’t dangerous, it is unsightly, and it can start to clog your fountain’s pump over time. Cleaning all of the components of your indoor fountain every two or three months is a great way to get rid of algae, but you might have to clean it a little more often if you live in hot and humid conditions, because these conditions can accelerate the growth of the algae.
Treating your fountain with a chemical that is designed to cut down on algae growth can slow down the growth of algae, keep your indoor fountain clean and reduce the number of times that you have to clean your fountain; this is done by adding a splash of the chemical to your fountain’s water on a regular basis. Many people use bleach for this purpose, but the minimal amount of sodium hydrochlorite, or chlorine, in bleach will evaporate quickly. Therefore, you should consider looking for a commercial chlorine product for best results; you typically won’t need to use much in order to keep your indoor fountain clean, and there are formulas out there that are safe for most pets.
Even if you treat your indoor fountain, you will still need to clean it every now and then. When you do, simply empty out the water and disassemble your fountain. You can then clean the bowl and base of your fountain; using a simple scrub pad and a solution of vinegar and water is great for this purpose, or you can use warm water and bleach if you need to get rid of algae growth. You should also clean your pump and its screen with a toothbrush and a bit of soapy water; you can also use a bit of warm water mixed with bleach for this step. In most cases, you can take the pump apart without the use of any tools.
If you get in the routine of taking good care of your indoor fountain, your piece will look great and will make a wonderful addition to your home decor. Following these tips doesn’t take long, but maintaining your indoor fountain can really make a difference in both the appearance and longevity of your indoor fountain.
This article was written on behalf of Fathom Fountains and their Indoor Water Fountains for sale online. Check out their website for more information about their products.
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