How to Build a Water Feature for your Home or Patio
Choose a spot for your water feature. Is it going to be in your sun room, on a patio or in your garden? Freestanding kits work beautifully in many applications while modular parts need an angled framework or hill to hide the pump.
Consider access to electricity for the pump, accessibility for maintenance and a water safe surface.
Once you have set up your fountain, fill it 1/2 full with water. Turn on the pump and adjust the flow and tubing placement as needed. Have some towels nearby ready for cleanup or accidents. Fill up to the top when you are satisfied with the flow of the water. Enjoy your beautiful new water feature!
Decorate the space around your fountain with plants or statuary to hide the working parts.
Place ferns or other humidity loving plants on stands or on rock ledges for naturalistic water features.
Experiment with rocks and flow. It is a work in progress and easy to change accessories when you build it yourself.
Put a timer or switch on your pump to save energy and avoid pet induced waterline problems while you are not at home.
Change the water often to avoid green scum. Rinse with diluted bleach to keep it clean.
Children must always be supervised around water features. They are very curious and want to investigate.
Pets or wildlife may drink out of your water feature.. Frequent cleaning is preferable to anti-scum pond chemicals.
A white deposit from minerals in hard water can discolor statuary or accessories in the splash zone. Choose your decorations and placement with this in mind.
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