Ways To Prepare Your Outdoor Water Fountain for Spring

An outdoor water fountain adds serenity and style to your outdoor space during the warmer months. However, this is only possible if you know how to properly bring the fountain out of hibernation. As the harsh winter transitions into the gentle warmth of spring, it’s time to give your fountain the care it deserves to bring it back to life. Here are five ways to prepare your outdoor water fountain for spring and ensure it’s just as beautiful as it was last year.

Clean the Fountain Basin

The basin is the foundation for your water fountain. Over winter, debris and algae can accumulate, leading to clogged pumps and unsightly residue. To clean the basin, ensure the fountain is off and remove any decorative items or pebbles. Then, gently scrub the basin with a brush and specially formulated fountain cleaner. Rinse thoroughly and replace the decorative elements once the basin is clean. Regular cleaning is an excellent practice throughout the year to maintain your fountain’s appearance and functionality.

Check and Clean the Pump

You also need to devote some time to the fountain’s pump. The pump is the heart of your outdoor water fountain, and ensuring it’s clean and working properly is crucial. Otherwise, you risk the pump overheating and experiencing damage. Disconnect the power to the pump, then remove and clean it by rinsing it with a gentle stream of water to dislodge any debris or dirt. After cleaning, inspect for any signs of wear, such as cracks or loose parts. Look at the cord for any damage and plug it in to verify it’s still working correctly.

Inspect and Repair Cracks or Leaks

Cracks in the fountain not only detract from its aesthetic but can also lead to water loss and damage to the structure. Because of this, it’s vital that you thoroughly examine the fountain for any visible cracks. You can repair small cracks with a waterproof sealant, but for larger or structural issues, it’s best to consult a professional. Once any cracks are repaired, allow the sealant to dry completely before refilling the fountain to prevent water from washing away the solution.

Trim Surrounding Vegetation

Another effective way to prepare your outdoor water fountain for spring is to cut away any foliage blocking it from view. Overgrowth of plants around your fountain can lead to debris falling into the water and roots potentially causing damage. With the arrival of spring, plants begin to flourish, so it’s a good time to evaluate the area around your fountain. Also, trim branches or overhanging plants that could shed leaves into the fountain.

Test and Adjust Water Flow

The flow of water is critical for creating a pleasing aesthetic and for aeration, which helps prevent stagnation. Turn on the fountain and observe how it runs. The ideal flow should create a gentle ripple without excessive splashing or water loss. Adjust the flow using the fountain’s controls if necessary. If the flow seems weaker than before, it could indicate a problem with the pump or clogging, and you may need to check for damage or blockages.

With these simple maintenance steps, you’re sure to enjoy a picturesque and functioning water feature throughout the spring and beyond. LuxenHome’s series of outdoor waterfall fountains are the perfect complement to any home or commercial setting, creating a calm and peaceful atmosphere that anyone can enjoy. Reach out to us today to learn more about your options and how to keep these beautiful pieces in top shape.

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