Outdoor Fountains 101: Care and Cleaning
Water fountains are great additions to your outdoor space and are relatively low maintenance. They come in a wide variety of options and price ranges. They rely on a submersible water pump to constantly circulate the water in the fountain. This process also helps to keep the fountain clean and functioning. A constantly running fountain is already doing some of the work needed to keep itself clean and operating well. The primary work required for you will be maintaining a regular cleaning schedule to prevent problems such as algae growth.
How often should I clean my outdoor fountain?
You should completely empty and clean your outdoor water fountain and its pump every 2-4 months, or once a month if it is small and easy to clean. In addition, consider spending a few minutes each day cleaning out debris and wiping the fountain down with a soft cloth.
How do I clean my outdoor fountain?
Cleaning your water fountain involves two components: the fountain and its pump.
Instructions for cleaning a fountain:
- Turn it off.
- If you have decorative stones, remove and clean them.
- Remove the pump.
- Empty all the water. You may find a shop vac can be very helpful for removing water from large outdoor water fountains.
- Fill a bucket with water and a mild soap or a product like CLR. Use that solution to clean the inside of your fountain (the pan) with a non-abrasive sponge. Wipe and scrub all areas, and if you see white build-up or algae, continue scrubbing until it’s all gone.
- Rinse the pan by wiping it down with clean rags or cloth. It is now ready for the pump to be reinstalled once the pump has been cleaned.
Instructions for cleaning a fountain’s pump:
- With the pump removed from the fountain, place it in a sink for cleaning.
- Remove the back of the pump.
- Use a brush (a toothbrush would work) to clean out any debris.
- If possible, clean out the tubing to the pump. Simply running water through the tube can help get rid of any potential build-up.
- Replace filters or damaged components as necessary.
- Put the cover back on and hook the pump back up to the fountain.
Additional cleaning instructions when tackling an algae problem
If algae become a regular nuisance, change your cleaning schedule to every month to proactively fight the algae from returning. If your fountain doesn’t contain any plants or fish, add a few drops of bleach to help the water stay clear and algae-free. If your fountain does have fish or plants, you can find some products that will help prevent algae that are also safe for fountain inhabitants.
Need help? Ask the Outdoor Living Experts
For more information on properly caring for your outdoor fountain, check out our helpful information on Fountain Maintenance & Troubleshooting.
Whether you’re looking to find the right outdoor fountain or have more questions on its care and maintenance, you can always contact us at Treescapes for help! Stop by our showroom anytime to see what fountain options are right for your backyard.