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Caring For Your Fountain or Statue

Congratulations on your decision to purchase a new fountain or statue.

If you can follow the simple care instructions below, your new purchase will provide you with years of beauty and worry-free enjoyment.

1. USING WATER TREATMENTS IS ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT THINGS YOU CAN DO TO EXTEND THE THE LIFE OF A FOUNTAIN:

A combination of water, light, and air is the perfect combination for growth of algae.

It is essential to drain and gently clean any outdoor fountain at least once every 2 weeks in order to slow the growth of algae.

Water treatments therefore become very important between cleanings by killing the young algae trying to grow and preventing mineral deposits, thus making it easier to clean the fountain.

Be sure that every time water is added to your fountain that you add some water treatment. Even after a rain.

**Note: Make sure any chemical you add to your fountain or statue is deemed suitable for use on it. If not, it could potentially harm the pump, finish or inner workings of your fountain or statue.

2. BEFORE WINTER, DRAIN YOUR FOUNTAINS AND EITHER STORE THEM WITH YOUR STATUES INSIDE, OR PROTECT IT WITH A COVER:

As water freezes, it expands and can cause cracks to form in many different types of materials.

Even if you empty the water, you should also use a tarp or, preferably, a fountain cover to keep falling precipitation from causing damage.

A unheated shed or garage make one of the best storage spots.

3. ONCE EVERY 1-3 MONTHS CLEAN YOUR FOUNTAIN OR STATUE THOROUGHLY ACCORDING TO THE MANUFACTURER'S INSTRUCTIONS:

This typically involves using a fountain lime remover to remove the minerial deposits along the waterline. And applying a clearcoat water seal to revitalize and protect the finish.

4. KEEP YOUR FOUNTAIN'S WATER LEVEL AS FULL AS POSSIBLE:

This is as simple as making sure there is always enough water to cover the pump.

If you go out-of-town, unplug your fountain. Do not let your pump run dry. Pump warranty does not cover damage caused by allowing the pump to run dry.

Without water, parts of the pump will actually melt from overheating.

A good guideline to follow is to refill the water when the level reaches an inch or two below the rim of the fountain basin.

Depending on the fountain, water will need to be added every 2-7 days. Lessening water loss due to splash out can be done easily by restriction the flow of water to a more controllable level.

We also have automatic refill systems available for purchase to control the water level for larger fountains.

5. KEEP DEBRIS OUT OF YOUR FOUNTIAN:

This can usually easily be accomplished by properly placing your fountain in a site away from messy trees or weed patches.

Leaves, cottonwood seeds and other debris in the yard can accumulate in your pump and cause it to stop working.

Simply unplug the pump, pull it out of your fountain and look at the outside. Use an old toothbrush with soft bristles to gently clean off any algae or debris from the outside. Then, remove the cover and do the same with the interior.

In general a pump will last for 2-3 years. Pumps are under warranty for 1 year.

6. REPLACE THE WATER IN YOUR FOUNTAIN AT LEAST ONCE EVERY TWO WEEKS:

Even with the use of water treatments, if the same water is constantly running through a fountain, it can take on a bit of a sour smell over time.

The more you run your fountain the cleaner the water will stay by lessening stagnation.

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