Maintaining an Indoor Waterfall

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Maintaining an Indoor Waterfall

Indoor waterfalls are free from exposure to harsh elements of changing seasons and weather. With proper installation, operation and periodic cleaning and maintenance an indoor water fountain should bring pleasure for many years with minimal work.

City water supplies contain minerals and chemical disinfectants like chlorine or chloramines. Well water also contains minerals. Indoor waterfall fountains love distilled water. It contains no minerals or chemicals that lead to water conditions like algae and foam and prevents mineral deposits that place a strain on waterfall pump operation. It is inexpensive and readily available in most places. If distilled water is not available or desirable, tap water should be treated with dechlorinators and chloramines removers before introducing it into a fountain.

Monitor water level. On a positive note, water evaporation from an indoor waterfall fountain adds much-needed humidity to the air. On a cautionary note, the water level in any fountain should be maintained so that the pump remains fully submerged and is never allowed operate “dry.” If the pump does not have adequate water, it will be damaged.

When it is time to clean and indoor waterfall, turn it off. Small fountains can be emptied directly. Larger indoor waterfalls require siphoning the water into a separate container with the fountain in place. Follow manufacturer's directions for cleaning the fountain bowl and pump. And, many fountain owners recommend fountain care products like the Fountain AcScents Cleaning Kit.



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