Water fountain tips and tricks that will make you a fount of practical water fountain knowledge.
Every outdoor and indoor water fountain we sell at SimplyFountains.com comes with a manufacturer's guide. Always consult the manual for issues relating to your specific model.
Cleaning - Cleaning is a critical part of water fountain maintenance. Every 4 to 6 months - more frequently if you have a garden fountain or solar water fountain - empty your water fountain of water and clean it, including the water fountain pump, filter, and water distribution system.
Dry spots - Water is sort of like an amnesiac detective: it likes to follow itself around. When starting your home water fountain, look for dry areas and use your hand to divert water onto them. This should create a more consistent flow.
Noise or vibrations - This could be due to a low water level. Check the water level often, particularly if it's an outdoor water fountain, and replenish as necessary. If the pump's movement is causing noise, try placing a sponge or Scotch-Brite pad underneath it.
Smell - Odor can become a problem with outdoor or garden fountains if you don't take steps to prevent the buildup of algae. Every month or so, add an anti-algae or anti-white scale solution to the water.
Water flow - For water flow issues, look for tubing kinks and check if the water level is too low. If your water fountain pump has a flow control valve, ensure that it's open. Clean any debris from the filter and impeller. Check that all pipes and tubing are properly attached. The water fountain is plugged in, right?
Weather - If you live in an area that experiences cold winters or freezing temperatures, we recommend draining all outdoor water fountains and storing them during the winter.
White spots - Don't worry, it's not contagious. Those are hard water spots, and they're caused by the minerals and metals in tap water. There are two possible solutions. One is to clean your water fountain with a product like CLR. A less labor-intensive solution is to use distilled water in your water fountain rather than tap water. Distilled water is also easier on your water fountain pump.