Animals and Water Fountains

twf002__70095.jpg Be sure to take your pet into consideration when you are considering installing a water feature. A pet dog or cat may think that a stand-alone fountain is a big pool or a drinking pond. Consider fitting a water element in your yard since it is a feature that will impact your much loved pets positively. Give some thought to the best place to put your water feature if you do not want birds to use it as a bathing pond. Install a birdbath if your objective is to draw birds to your property. The indoor use of wall water fountains is completely possible if wish to avoid these hassles. Dentists’ and doctors’ practices as well as manor homes are just a few of the places where you can find these kinds of fountains.

The Interesting Origin of the Outdoor Fountain

During his rule (1397-1455) of the Roman Catholic Church, the intellectual Pope Nicholas V commissioned scores of translations of ancient Greek classics into Latin. He also undertook the embellishment of the city to turn it into the worthy capital of the Christian world. In 1453 he commissioned the rebuilding of the Aqua Vergine, an ancient Roman aqueduct which had carried clear drinking water into the city from many miles away. In addition, the ancient Roman custom of marking the arrival point of an aqueduct with an grandiose celebratory fountain, also known as a mostra, was renewed by Nicholas V. The architect Leon Battista Alberti was commissioned by him to build a wall fountain where we now find the wondrous Trevi Fountain.

The modifications, as well as the extensions included in the repaired aqueduct, eventually made it possible to provide the Trevi Fountain and the well-known baroque fountains in the Piazza del Popolo and Piazza Navona with the necessary water to function.

Things You Will Require for an Outdoor Water Element

Two things many people forget about when planning the installation of a garden fountain is a handy water source and an electrical outlet in close proximity. The delight of owning one occasionally causes people to skip the technical details when setting it up for the first time. Do not forget that an extension cord can be handy if your 120v power source is more than 12 feet away, as that is the typical length of power cords. You will also need to have a water resource close by so that you can conveniently fill your water fountain. It is difficult to move water from one spot to another. If you have thought about it before installation, having a hose close by will make the task of filling the fountain much easier. A water fountain autofill is yet another option, but will demand the help of an expert who knows how to set it up since the water has to go through an external line.

The One Cleaning Solution to NEVER Use On Your Wall Water Fountains

It is essential to carefully maintain water fountains for them to work optimally. A typical problem with fountains is that they tend to collect dirt and debris, so it is vital that you keep it free from this. Also, algae is likely to build up any place natural light meets water. Either sea salt, hydrogen peroxide, or vinegar can be dissolved into the water to avoid this issue. There are those who choose to use bleach, but that is harmful to any animals that might drink or bathe in the water - so should therefore be avoided.

No more than 3-4 months should really go by without an extensive cleaning of a fountain.

Before you can start washing it you must drain out all of the water. Then use a soft towel and gentle cleanser to scrub the inside. If there are any little grooves, grab a toothbrush to reach each and every spot. Be sure to completely rinse the interior of the fountain to make sure all the soap is gone.

Calcium and fresh water organisms could get inside the pump, so you should disassemble it to get it truly clean. Soaking it in vinegar for a time will make it easier to scrub. Mineral or rain water, versus tap water, is ideal in order to avoid any build-up of chemicals inside the pump.

And finally, make sure the water level is always full in order to keep your fountain running optimally. If the water level drops below the pump’s intake level, it can damage the pump and cause it to burn out - something you don't want to happen!

Eye-Catching Garden Multi-Level Fountains

Fountains with more than one level are very easy to find, and common especially in gardens. You can see many of these fountains in Italy, Spain, and other Southern European nations. The courtyards of buildings and public squares are just two the places you might find one. Tiered fountains come in a wide variety of designs, from elaborately carved styles to relatively plain types.

Traditional or classic surroundings are ideal spots for them. The fountain should seem as old as the rest of the decor and blend in accordingly.

Design Ideas for Backyard Water Fountains

Gardens are great places to take a break from the day-to-day grind and get some fresh air and appreciate nature. There is nothing as lovely as one to chill out in, something you can keep in mind when you are working to get it set up. A beautiful garden will boost any property value, as “curb appeal” is key to the market value. There are many ways to improve the visual appeal of a yard, like adding flowers and plants, artwork, an attractive pavement, or a water feature.

A water fountain can dramatically alter the aesthetics of a garden. A true fantasyland can be developed from what used to be a very plain spot. You are not the only one who will appreciate the serenity the sounds of the water create; you might also notice an increase in the number of birds and other friendly critters visiting. Your fountain will promptly turn into the focal point of your garden or yard.


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