One of the main reasons that people install water features in their home or office is to bring a sense of relaxation or nature to the space. They can choose a wide variety of styles, and the floor and indoor wall fountains tend rank at the very top of the lists. This is because they are easy to install and maintain and can be used as a decorator item or focal point; a method for adding humidity and freshening the air; and also to provide the sort of tranquil effects that make fountains famous.
There are some issues, however, that can serve as a “make or break” factor where indoor fountains are concerned. Generally these will have to do with the status of the pump and tubing, the level of the water in the system, and the type of water used. We’ll look first at the type of water and the effects it might have on the flow in the fountain.
Both the indoor floor fountains and indoor wall fountains will utilize small pumps to send water through the fixture. This water may pour out of a larger opening or it might cascade over slate or glass, but it must be able to move through the system without any sort of impediment if it is to deliver the best results.
Interestingly enough, many owners will fill their fountains using regular tap water, and this can lead to major problems. Because water can contain all kinds of minerals that leave deposits or cause different kinds of build-up, it can cause a fountain to perform badly. The water may begin to look murky, the pump is going to consume more energy and move less water, and there can be permanent damage to many of the vital parts of the system if left unresolved.
The answer to such a problem for all indoor wall fountains or floor versions is to simply rely upon distilled water. This is available in bulk containers or small bottles and usually costs very little to purchase. If this is not something that the owner wants to do, however, most manufacturers or suppliers of indoor floor fountains and wall fountains are glad to sell an anti-scale water treatment that is added to the water supply on a regular basis.
Once we understand that the type of water in the system plays a key role in the proper flow, we can consider the other issues with indoor wall fountains that might present some challenges. For one thing, the water level has an effect on the water flow, and too much or too little will cause everything from spills to loud noises. For instance, a gurgling or noisy fountain is far from appealing, but is often the result of a water level that has dropped too low. A simple routine of distilled water and frequent checks on the level will usually prevent any problems with water flow from developing.
Category: Fountain Maintenance Tips