Keeping a fountain pond healthy and inviting can be challenging. Ponds need to be constantly monitored for bacterial outbreaks, stability issues and algae growth. Keeping up with maintenance is also tricky because of the changing climate, sunlight and shifting seasons. These challenges are why most pond owners give up on their ponds within the first year. We all know how beautiful a stone fountain can be in your backyard or as an accent piece in your garden or patio area. They’re great places to relax with friends and family or have time alone with nature. The trick, however, is keeping that beautiful fountain water clean and free of unwanted algae or pest infestations so that you can enjoy it all year long instead of just when you have time to clean it!
Fountain maintenance should start with a weekly cleaning of the surface. Use a soft-bristled brush to gently remove any excess algae or debris that may have built up on the water’s surface. Avoid using a net or any other hard bristled brush, as it might damage the fountain surface. Consider using a fountain filter to keep the water clean and free from debris. Filtration systems like the Inter-Clean Waterfall Filter keep the water free of debris, algae and other pollutants that could build up and cause water quality issues. Perform monthly water testing to monitor water quality and make sure everything is on track. You can use a pool test kit or a pond test kit to see if your water is within the safe pH range or if you may have increased amounts of algae.
Use a cleaning solution like the Inter-Clean Waterfall Cleaning Solution to help remove any stubborn algae or dirt buildup in the fountain spout or pump. Avoid using household cleaning products, as they may leave toxic residue that could harm the water or the plants and animals that live in the pond. Check the water level and make sure it is at the proper level. You don’t want it running too low and causing water loss, but you also don’t want it too high and causing water overflow. If you have a fountain with an overflow spout, be sure to close it off during the warmer months when the snow melts. Snow melt can cause the overflow spout to overflow and cause water damage to your yard unless it is closed off. Make sure your pump is running smoothly. If you hear any unusual sounds, adjust the pump speed or check to see if it needs cleaning, oiling or replacing altogether.
Clean the fountain pond completely. Remove the pump and use a soft bristled brush to gently scrub off any algae buildup inside the spout or pump. You may also want to consider using a soft bristled brush to clean the fountain surface. Replace the fountain water. Changing a small portion of the water each year helps keep the water clean and healthy. Plus, it can help reduce or prevent algae growth in the water. Check for water flow and pressure issues. Make sure the water flow and pressure are strong and not weak. If they are weak, check for clogs or other issues to ensure your pump is running smoothly.
Tips for Keeping Your Fountain Ponds Healthy
Keep your water pH levels balanced. Excessively alkaline or acidic water is bad for your fish and other aquatic life. Remove any decaying matter from your pond as soon as possible. This includes leaves, sticks and other debris. This helps reduce the chances of bacterial growth. Keep an eye out for pests like mosquitoes, flies and other insects that could be drawn to your pond. Prevention is key in keeping these pests away. Check your pump and motor for any signs of wear and tear. If you see any issues, have them repaired immediately to avoid a bigger problem down the road. Make sure your fountain has plenty of room around it. You don’t want the water to spread out too much and cause a wet, muddy area near the fountain.
Stay on Top of Filtration and pH Levels
Fountain ponds need to be run with proper filtration and pH levels. The best way to ensure these levels are correct is to use an Inter-Clean water filtration system. It’s easy to install and can be used with both indoor and outdoor water features. It’s perfect for any fountain or pond that needs extra help keeping the water clean and healthy. Another useful product to help with pH levels is the Inter-Restoration Fountain pH Balancing Kit. This kit contains everything you’ll need to keep your fountain/water at its ideal pH level. It’s also easy to install and can be used with a variety of outdoor water features.
Keeping a fountain pond healthy and inviting can be challenging. Ponds need to be constantly monitored for bacterial outbreaks, stability issues and algae growth. Maintaining maintenance is also tricky because of the changing climate, sunlight and shifting seasons. These challenges are why most pond owners give up on their ponds within the first year. With a little effort, you can maintain a healthy fountain pond year after year so that you and your loved ones can enjoy the beauty of a fountain for many years to come.