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Adding a water fountain to your outdoor space can be a bit of a double-edged sword. On one hand, the sound of moving water is a soothing addition to any outdoor space. On the other hand, that lovely outdoor fountain can quickly turn into a slimy, smelly mess. Algae is a common irritant to owners of water fountains. Depending on environmental conditions, algae can grow back every few weeks despite steady use of algae prevention products. In many cases, algae causes a fountain to look unsightly and may even interfere with the functioning of the fountain. Especially for ornamental fountains such as musical fountains and dancing fountains, large areas of algae make these fountains look particularly disgusting. While there's no sure way to eliminate all algae from a outdoor fountain, there are several things you can do to prevent algae build-up.
According to "The Best of the Growing Edge International," algae growth occurs after the nutrients in water are exposed to light. Nutrients naturally occur in water due to debris, plant waste or fish waste. Placing your fountain in the shadiest spot possible can reduce and prevent algae from growing.
If a completely shaded area is not available, a partially shaded area may still help slow algae growth. Also consider placing a cover such as an umbrella or awning in the area near your fountain to help provide shade if no natural shade is available.
The best time to start using algae prevention products is right after you have set up or deep cleaned your water fountain. Commercial products are available online as well as at home improvement and maintenance stores.
Before applying an anti-algae agent to your fountain, check the manufacturer's instructions to make sure that the product you purchased will not damage your current fountain setup.Product instructions will vary by product, but often all you need to do is add the product to the water on a regular basis to the running fountain.
Changing the water helps eliminate current living algae and prevents buildup in your fountain’s pump system. Completely empty your fountain of cold water and allow it air dry before filling the fountain.
If possible, rinse down your water fountain and wipe away any buildup or residue from the fountain surface as well as any decorative features such as stones before refilling it.
If you find that your water fountain has developed noticeable algae, the first thing you need to do is thoroughly scrub the individual components of your fountain. Take your outdoor fountain apart and clean each surface using soap and hot water and allow to air dry before reassembling.
Wipe down the fountain with distilled white vinegar or a solution of 1 cup of bleach per gallon of water before soaping and rinsing the fountain. Rinse bleach thoroughly.
Unlike preventative treatments, algaecides are meant to kill off existing algae growths within a fountain. Algaecides are available in home improvement stores as well as online and specialty retailers. Check the bottle to see how much product should be added to the water and at what frequency.
These are some ways to get algae away from your fountain. I hope these methods can help you in maintaining the cleanliness of the fountain.