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16 Dec
Caring for Your Indoor Waterfall

The susurration of the waterfall will serve to minimize the effects of stress and reduce anxiety to a large extent. Apart from health benefits, an interior water fall also serve as natural humidifiers; they help keep the relative humidity indoors at optimum levels which is good for the furniture, as well as our skin and hair.

That such an installation requires a considerable capital investment is true; that it also requires effort for its maintenance is equally true. Cleaning, ensuring an optimum water level, usage of water conditioners, usage of distilled water to prevent mineral build-up, etc. are few aspects that must be kept in mind while looking after such a water feature. An indoor waterfall, however, demands much less attention than an outdoor waterfall due to the gap in problems faced. As an example, dust particles and other objects outdoors can increase the risk of clogging in the valves of an outdoor waterfall. However, without straying further from the topic, following are the few points that should be kept in mind while tending to an indoor waterfall-

  • The type of water to be used- Distilled water is the best way to prevent algae build up in indoor water fountains. However, if you do not have access to distilled water fountain care products such as Algae Control, White Scale Control can be used.  They are absolutely safe for pets. Regular use of a fountain care product will help prevent algae and mineral build up that happen from hard water usage.
  •  Clean your waterfall regularly- Just like a piece of art deserves attention, so does your indoor water fountain! Most fountains can simply be emptied and wiped clean on the inside and outside with a cloth or sponge. For stainless steel fountains, other cleaning agents need to be used. However, bleach should be avoided at all costs as it is highly corrosive.
  • The noisy pump- A noisy pump indicates a problem with the water levels. Pumps tend to make loud gurgling noises when there is insufficient supply of water (thereby sucking in air), which can cause the pump to overheat and stop working. Always ensure that the pump remains submerged and the water level is kept as defined in the instruction manual. A loud vibrating sound usually implies clogging due to debris. Make sure there are no foreign objects in the water and, like before, follow the instruction manual to the letter. If not a debris problem, the pump may be contacting the basin of the waterfall as it operates. Placing a sponge between the pump and the basin will eliminate the noise without hampering the operation.
  • Keep your water fountains running all the time- This serves a couple of aspects.  First of all, keeping your fountain on all the time helps prolong the life of the pump because it is not being turned on and off at frequent intervals. If cared for properly, a 3 to 5 year life for your pump is guaranteed. Secondly, the fountain water will stay cleaner.  Motionless, stagnant water will develop debris and develop mineral deposits much faster.  This is a great tip as many people think they need to shut their fountain off at night or when they leave for work.
  • Care for waterfalls that have a copper exterior- You will find that waterfall exteriors made of copper will either be natural copper or have a powder coat finish over the copper. The latter has a clear heat-baked finish applied to all surfaces of the copper; this is done to ensure that the copper does not get that characteristic greenish (patina) tint due to excessive moisture and damp. It also protects the beautiful patina, and allows the copper to maintain the new look over a long period of time. COPPER CLEANER SHOULD NEVER BE USED on copper with a powder coat finish.  It will remove the glossy finish and will result in your fountain aging faster.  For natural copper, you can simply clean the copper with Pledge or furniture cleaner and a soft sponge or cloth.  Turtle wax may also be applied to the copper to keep it shining (once every two months).

Ø  Fountain Care for Stainless Steel-  Stainless steel is very simple to care for. It does not age like copper and has a superior resistance to corrosion.  Owing to the smooth surface of stainless steel, it is more difficult for bacteria to settle. To clean your stainless steel fountain simply wipe it clean with a dry or wet cloth. Harsh abrasive cleaners or abrasive sponges should be strictly avoided. Again, for the same reason as stated before, bleach should not be used.

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