How to Clean your Fountain Pump

Although many people insist that they are not mechanically inclined or are incapable of a simple DIY project, the fact of the matter is that fountain water pump maintenance is easily done by anybody. Whether the fountain is an indoor model or one that spends its time outdoors, the mechanics of most fountain pumps are very simple.

It helps to understand that implementing a regular amount of overall fountain maintenance is going to reduce the likelihood of problems with the pump. For example, relying on distilled water for indoor fountains will prevent any mineral deposits from accumulating on the parts and tubes. This is something that often causes poor pump flow and makes many owners think the machine is malfunctioning. If distilled water is unavailable in large quantities, most manufacturers make a chemical treatment available that can prevent and eliminate existing buildup.

If a pump is outdoors, the use of distilled water is not likely to occur, and this means that checking up on the fountain water pump throughout its active season is mandatory. Items such a leaves, algae, and various other debris can get into the pump’s impeller and wind around the drive shaft that makes it function. This can cause it to work very slowly or not at all.

How is this fixed? Whether fountain pumps are indoor or outdoor models, there is usually some sort of protective housing or pump cover in place. The owner must disconnect the pump from any power supplies before attempting to remove the cover, and will also have to clean this housing or cover before opening it to gain access to the components inside.

Once the cover is opened, it will be a fairly simple task to identify any debris or algae that has wrapped around the magnetic impeller. Using a gentle hand, the owner must free up this part and ensure that nothing remains to keep this vital area from functioning properly.

If this seems to happen too often, such as occurs in homes with many pets, the owner can safely wrap the entire pump (inside of its cover) in a piece of womens pantyhose and make sure that both ends are sealed. This will serve as a powerful filter that will prevent the accumulation of debris from entering the actual pump. This may still cause the speed or power of the pump to be reduced when debris gathers, but it will spare the owner from having to disassemble the pump continually.

It is also important to understand if the fountain pumps in a yard or garden should be taken indoors for the winter months. There are some systems that can survive the freezing temperatures, but a thorough reading of the manufacturer’s recommendations will indicate whether or not this is the case with a specific fountain water pump.

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