Why a Water Fountain Can Make Your Life Better

From improving air quality to creating a feeling of serenity to the area, a fountain adds so much to your life.

There are many positive aspects to having an indoor or outdoor water fountain which you may not even recognize. Water makes up a considerable percentage of our body composition, and populations world-wide tend to gravitate towards coastal areas. Water is vital for life, and a water feature can provide the benefits of water in a quick and affordable way. 469_l__26729.jpg

If you want to make your porch, patio, or back yard even more relaxing, think about installing an outdoor garden fountain. However lovely it already is, your site will be even more gorgeous if you add an outdoor water feature from the wide variety available. A wonderful idea is to put one on the wall of your screened porch, or perhaps outside as part of your outdoor decor. Your flower garden will become a place of luxurious decadence and serenity if you put in a tiered type. The flow of the water in birdbath fountains, as compared to unmoving water, means that bacteria and algae will not accumulate in the water, making for healthier water for wild birds. The mesmerizing sound of trickling water is the secret touch your garden area needs to become a haven of peace.

A Peek into the Roots of Outdoor Fountains

Hundreds of classic Greek texts were translated into Latin under the auspices of the scholarly Pope Nicholas V who led the Roman Catholic Church from 1397 to 1455. He also undertook the embellishment of the city to turn it into the worthy seat of the Christian world. In 1453 he commissioned the repairing of the Aqua Vergine, an ancient Roman aqueduct which had carried clear drinking water into the city from many miles away. Nicholas V also reinstated the Roman custom of installing lavish fountains, known as mostras, to mark the end point of the aqueduct. The architect Leon Battista Alberti was instructed by him to put up a wall fountain where we now find the wondrous Trevi Fountain. The aqueduct he had reconditioned included changes and extensions which eventually allowed it to supply the necessary water to the Trevi Fountain as well as the renowned baroque fountains in the Piazza del Popolo and the Piazza Navona.

Beautiful Garden Multi-Level Fountains

Gardens are popular places to showcase a multi-tiered fountain, a style which has historically been very fashionable. These types of fountains are widespread in Italy, Spain, and other Mediterranean nations. While they can be located anywhere, they are most common in the center of building complexes and in popular areas where people get together. Tiered fountains come in a wide range of designs, from elaborately carved styles to relatively simple types.

Any area can be embellished with one, even though a more traditional setting is sometimes more suitable. It should appear as if the fountain has been part of the decoration since the beginning and should blend in accordingly.

Keeping Your Water Wall Fountain Clean

It is important to carefully maintain water fountains for them to work optimally.

A common issue with fountains is that they tend to collect dirt and debris, so it is vital that you keep it free from this. Also, algae tends to build up wherever natural light meets water. Stir hydrogen peroxide, sea salt, or vinegar into the water to avoid this particular problem. Another option is to blend bleach into the water, but this action can sicken wild animals and so should really be avoided.

No more than three-four months should go by without an extensive cleaning of a fountain. Prior to cleaning, all of the water must be taken out. Next use mild soap and a soft sponge to clean the innner part of the reservoir. If there is intricate artwork, you might need to use a toothbrush for those hard-to-reach areas. Be sure to completely rinse the inside of the fountain to make sure all the soap is gone.

Calcium and fresh water organisms can get inside the pump, so you should disassemble it to get it truly clean. Letting it soak in vinegar for a few hours first will make it alot easier to clean. Neither rain water nor mineral water contain substances that will collect inside the pump, so use either over tap water if possible.

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

The Plusses of Having Stand-Alone Water Elements

Self-Contained fountains are cheaper and easy to install and are therefore quite common. Since all materials are included with the fountain, no extra parts are required. There is another use for the term “self-contained”, a reference to a fountain that has its own water repository.

Stand-alone water fountains are rather easy to install making them the ideal option for your patio or veranda. They are perfectly transportable too in case you later want to move it somewhere else.

The landscaper will first check that the place where you want your fountain to go is even. If your landscaper thinks the land is too bumpy, he can always level it for you. Your water feature is now prepared for installation and the addition of water. The last step is to plug it into an outlet, a solar panel, or batteries.

If you need a fountain that will not need an outside water source or additional plumbing, a self-contained fountain is best. Although a fountain can be a focal point anywhere in a garden, many people put them in the center.

Cast stone, metal, ceramic, and fiberglass are just a few of the materials used to build them.

The Demand for Fountains in Japanese Landscapes

Japanese gardens typically have a water element. The Japanese water fountain is considered symbolic of spiritual and physical purifying, so it is customarily placed in or near the doorways of temples or homes. The design of Japanese fountains tends to be very simple because they are meant to draw attention to the water itself.

Moreover, water fountains with bamboo spouts are very prevalent. The water moves through the bamboo spout and accumulates in the stone basin underneath. It should have a worn-down, weathered look and feel as well. People want their fountain to look as natural as possible, so they place plants, flowers, and stones around the fountain. To the owner of the fountain, it obviously is more than just nice decoration.

An alternative is to buy a stone fountain, set it on a bed of rock, and place live bamboo and pretty stones around it. In time, as moss slowly covers the rocks, it starts to look even more natural-looking.

Wherever there is plenty of open space, you have the option to build a more extensive water feature.

Charming add-ons include a babbling creek or tiny pool with koi in it.

Japanese fountains, on the other hand, do not actually need to have water in them. Other options include stones, gravel, or sand to represent water. Natural rocks that are smooth and laid out tightly together can be used to create the illusion of flowing water.


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