If you have recently decided to invest in an indoor fountain for your home or office you were probably deeply impressed by the staggering array of choices available. You probably encountered hundreds of styles that ranged from wall fountains to tiny little desktop or tabletop versions too. You will have seen some that incorporated special lights, natural elements such as stone or plants, and even some with custom art. Once you have made your decision, you should understand that a regular routine of maintenance or upkeep is going to be required in order to give your fountain a nice long life.
Among the advantages of indoor water fountains are the facts that they can usually remain relatively free of debris, and that they can have their water supplies controlled much more easily too. Why are these advantages? One of the major problems with fountains of all kinds involves the pumps that create the highly desirable flows of water. These are relatively simple devices, but they can be seriously harmed by debris that enters their housings. An indoor fountain, however, will not tend to develop these problems thanks to the absence of algae, leaves, and other items that can fall into the water.
Of course, this does not mean that an indoor fountain does not require a regular amount of cleaning, but the likelihood of clogs causing a problem are greatly reduced. To keep the pump up to speed, an owner can do one of two things. They can opt to wrap the entire pump housing in a section of pantyhose in order to create an impervious filter, or they can simply pop open the pump housing every few months to ensure that the impeller is not wound with pet hair or other indoor materials.
Another of the advantages of indoor water fountains, as mentioned a bit earlier, is the ease with which their water supplies are controlled. Not only can an indoor fountain have the level of water constantly kept at optimal levels, but the type of water can be controlled as well. Many fountain owners complain of a noisy pump and do not realize that this is often due to the fact that too little water is in the system. Should a pump pull air into its lines it will make an ongoing “gurgling” sound until the air has been replaced with water. Not only is this noisy, but incredibly harmful to the pump.
Of course, the type of water used in any indoor water fountains plays a role in the life of the pump too. This is because tap water supplies are often full of minerals that can build up along the interior parts of the pump, but an owner of an indoor fountain can just as easily use distilled water to avoid any such issues.