How To Maintain Your Backyard Fountain
May 27th, 2017
Having a backyard fountain can make your garden look more beautiful. However, if you do not know how to maintain your backyard fountain, it will not really last long and you end up spending a lot of money on repairs. Furthermore, if you do not clean your fountain regularly, you might end up with a backyard full of mosquitoes and other insects. Note that allowing stagnant dirty water to pool in backyard fountains is like an open invitation for mosquitoes to breed so you need to clean your fountains regularly.
You don’t really have to spend a lot of money to clean up your backyard fountain. In fact, if you have some spare time, you can clean up your fountains all by yourself. If you clean up your fountains weekly, you will not really have so much trouble getting the dirt out.
When cleaning up your backyard fountains, start by removing the leaves. Use a skimmer basket to scoop the leaves out of the water weekly. Do not allow the leaves to rot into your fountain. According to experts, rotten leaves will cause a lot of damage to your fountain so be sure to take the leaves out from your fountain regularly. Rinse out the filter of the skimmer basket every time you clean and remove debris. You need to backwash the pump and filter of your backyard fountain, preferably once a week. Note that bacteria, mosquitoes and other organisms tend to breed in the water of your fountain so change the water regularly. To control the algae growth in your pond, use pond salt or barley. Do not use any harmful chemicals to get rid of the algae. Note that putting chemicals into your water fountain can be very dangerous to your health and the environment.
To make sure that your fountain stays in top condition, dry up your fountain at least once a year, clean up all the dirt and debris in the pond and check the motor of your fountain. You may do this during the summer when the temperature is hot. Let the sun try up your pond completely before you fill it up again with water. When checking the motor of your backyard fountain, make sure that all the circuits are in good working order. If you have no idea how to check the motor of your fountain, ask for help from a professional.