Water features are a great accessory to any garden. Whether they are a fountain, natural waterfall, or artificial waterfalls, maintaining them to be clean and functional means smoother water flow and avoiding paying for damages.
When the cold season comes, prepare your water features to be ready. Here are five maintenance tips to get your fountains and ponds in tip-top shape.
Drain the Water
Since your fountain or ponds will be filled with fallen leaves and other debris during the fall season, clean out all debris in the skimmers and basin before draining the water. Most water features have a plug at the bottom that you can quickly pull to drain the water. If your feature doesn’t have that plug, scoop the water out with the bucket after clearing away the debris. Draining your fountain will make it easier for you to clean your pumps and filters.
Clean the Filters and Pumps
Water features depend on their pumps and filters to run smoothly and efficiently. Clean pumps and skimmers also mean you’ll save yourself from the hassle of damaging expensive water feature equipment. Even pool owners and modern developments like Avida Towers Verte clean their pool pumps regularly to ensure cleanliness and sanitation.
After draining your water fountain, empty your filter baskets to remove excess debris, such as sediments and algae. Take your pumps and clean them with a soft cloth to gently wipe away dirt from the inside and outside. If your pumps have algae build-up or mineral stains, use a white vinegar solution, warm water, and a few dish soap drops to clean them. Use an old toothbrush to reach small, hard-to-reach areas. Place your pumps in a bucket of water to keep them from drying out and breaking. Don’t forget to keep them in a dry, frost-free area such as your shed or garage to prevent them from freezing.
Deep-clean the Inside and Outside
Fall is an excellent season for photoshoots, warm clothing, and spice-flavored drinks. It is also when fallen leaves and colder air provide the perfect conditions for mold and algae to hibernate and grow. Deep-clean your water fountain by scrubbing the basin with warm water and liquid soap. Use a brush to thoroughly eliminate algae or mold stuck to the nooks and crannies. Use a water hose to rinse the suds and debris away.
Use a Fountain Cover
If you live in an area where the temperature drops to zero, use a fountain or pond cover to protect your water feature from extreme frost. A cover also protects your water feature from UV rays, strong winds, and excess moisture. You don’t want your pond or fountain to freeze and get brittle due to intense weather conditions.
Put an Aerator
Have you got fish living in your pond or fountain? Place an aerator to provide them oxygen throughout the cold season. Your fish will most likely move to the bottom of your pond or fountain, where it will freeze less. An aerator allows them to survive throughout the icy winter months. It also keeps them alive if you have a cover over your water feature.
Taking care of your fountains and ponds during the cold seasons doesn’t have to be complicated. By following these five steps, you’ll keep your water features clean and ready for the warmer seasons. You’ll also keep any fish you have happy and healthy in your fountain or pond.