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Maintaining Your Outdoor Fountain

All My Sons Moving & Storage is a full service moving company that takes pride in their old-fashioned approach to moving and packing services in Hilton Head. Not only do we have the top moving tips in the industry, but we can also help with household maintenance, like maintaining your outdoor fountain.  

A beautiful outdoor fountain can spruce up any garden or patio. If you have an outdoor fountain, you want to keep it looking as good as new. Fortunately, this process is easy with proper care and a good cleaning.

You should routinely wipe the inner bowl of your outdoor fountain with a non-abrasive cloth to keep it looking shiny and new. Wiping the inside of your decorative fountain prevents the buildup of dirt and dust. It is also so important to remember to refill and clean your fountain pump. If the pump is not cleaned out on a regular basis, the pump may dry out which will likely result in the purchase of a new one.

To clean the inside of your decorative fountain, the bowl should first be emptied. After the bowl is emptied, the bowl should be lightly scrubbed with a toothbrush and dish detergent every couple of months. You should check your fountain manual before beginning your cleaning in case your fountain requires special cleaning. Some fountains require algae additives and filtered water. These two things break down the buildup of mold and calcium.

When it comes to cleaning the pump, you should read the manual before cleaning and detaching the pump. Once you get the pump removed, open it and place it in a solution. The solution is easy- plain vinegar.

A tip to consistently maintain your outdoor fountain is to replace the water on a monthly basis. Changing the water once a month prevents the growth of algae. Algae cleaner is available to purchase to decrease the growth of algae and keep the fountain’s water fresh, if needed. If algae seems to be a constant problem, try moving your decorative fountain to an area with more shade.

Along with replacing the water on a monthly basis, it is essential to check the water levels of the fountain. The water levels should be checked daily. Small amounts of water should be added each time you check the fountain. As mentioned earlier, you should replace the water on a monthly basis. When you are replacing the water, you should drain the fountain and refill it with fresh water to prevent stagnant water. The summer months are dry which can cause the water in your fountain to evaporate quickly, so during these dry months be sure to check the water levels more frequently.

If you live in an area with seasonal climates, you have to take extra precautions to make sure your fountain is protected. You should bring the fountain inside during the winter seasons to prevent cracking and freezing. This is especially important if you have a marble fountain. If the fountain is too large or heavy to bring inside, you should drain the fountain completely and dry it out with a cloth. You should purchase a garden fountain cover to protect it from the cold weather.

All My Sons offers packing services in Hilton Head that can transport your fountain for you when you’re ready to move. Contact us today for a free moving quote.