Tips & Advice
How can you repair a cracked water fountain?
First, unplug the fountain and drain it. Then, clean and dry the base, including the fissures/leaky areas. Next, patch the leak with either cement (for a cement fountain), quick-patch resin (for stone), and clear silicone (for a plastic fountain) or other appropriate sealant.
How can you tell if a water fountain is leaking?
To tell if a water fountain is leaking, wipe it dry and then fill it. Look for any droplets or wet fissures that show where the leak is. If not, let the fountain sit for a few days, and then look for a white area--this usually indicates the location of the leak. Then you can patch it based on what the fountain is made from: cement (for a cement fountain), quick-patch resin (for stone), clear silicone (for a plastic fountain), or other appropriate sealant.
How can you prevent algae growth in a water fountain?
Prevent algae growth with a few drops of algaecide treatment--typically, one drop per gallon. If that isn’t working, double the amount. During warm weather, you might want to use algaecide tablets that work on a time release.
What is the best water fountain material?
The best water fountain material depends on the circumstances in which it will be placed--the climate and conditions, the size of the space, and how meticulously it can be maintained. While stone, cement, and slate fountains are extremely popular, copper and glass are also widely used, especially for fountains that will be placed in protected areas. If the fountain will be exposed to harsh elements, many people opt for fiberglass, acrylic, plastic, or a combination of several materials.
Water fountains vary in the way the water presents: spouting, cascading, pondless (where there’s no visible water reservoir), and wall fountains that can be mounted on or set flush against existing walls. Typical styles range from classic bird bath and stone fountains, to smaller lightweight fountains, tiered versions, rock waterfalls, and glass fountains. They even come in solar form.
How can you protect water fountains from the elements?
Protect water fountains from the elements during cold winters by draining, unplugging, drying, and covering the fountain with a waterproof fountain cover--ideally one that can be fastened down to stay in place during strong winds. During very hot, dry weather, protect water fountains by making sure the water stays at the correct level, refilling as necessary. After storms, check the base and pump to ensure no debris has been blown into the fountain.