October 12, 2007, Newsletter Issue #33: Why You Should Avoid Using Bleach As A Fountain Cleaner

Tip of the Week

You can use bleach as a fountain cleaner. However, although it would clean out your fountain, you should exercise some level of caution if any wildlife will be around your fountain. Obviously, if your fountain contains any fish, you shouldnít use bleach as a fountain cleaner because it contains harmful chemicals. But consider these reasons, as well:

Bleach can often turn existing algae into a brown scum.Wildlife, like birds, will be drinking out of chlorinated water that isnít healthy for them.Since the interior of a fountain isnít typically made to withstand chlorine, a liner would deteriorate much more quickly than usual.

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