Ways a Water Fountain Can Make Your Life Better

win622__15348.jpg Having a fountain around can enhance your everyday life as the soothing sound of the water provides a sense of tranquility, and the movement of the water serves to clean and moisten the air.

You might be pleased to learn of all the benefits of being around an indoor or outdoor garden fountain. All over the world coastal cities have large populations which may perhaps be linked to the fact that the human body is made up primarily of water. All living beings need water to exist, and while you could move to a high-priced house on the beach somewhere, a much easier and economical option is to install a water feature wherever you live.

Enhance any outdoor area by adding a gorgeous outdoor garden fountain. However lovely it already is, your spot will be even more stunning if you add an outdoor water feature from the wide variety available. It can be hung on the outside wall of your house above the patio, or even on the interior wall of a screened porch. Make your flower garden an oasis of tranquility by adding a lovely tiered model. You will notice lots of birds visiting your garden if you put in a birdbath fountain, as the water stays fresher than still water since it is continuously flowing. Perfect your garden area with the serene sound of flowing water.

Where did Large Garden Fountains Originate from?

A water fountain is an architectural piece that pours water into a basin or jets it high into the air in order to supply drinkable water, as well as for decorative purposes.

From the onset, outdoor fountains were soley there to serve as functional elements.

Cities, towns and villages made use of nearby aqueducts or springs to provide them with drinking water as well as water where they could bathe or wash. Used until the nineteenth century, in order for fountains to flow or shoot up into the air, their source of water such as reservoirs or aqueducts, had to be higher than the water fountain in order to benefit from gravity. Serving as an element of decoration and celebration, fountains also supplied clean, fresh drinking water. Bronze or stone masks of wildlife and heroes were commonly seen on Roman fountains. During the Middle Ages, Muslim and Moorish garden planners incorporated fountains to create mini depictions of the gardens of paradise. The fountains found in the Gardens of Versailles were supposed to show the power over nature held by King Louis XIV of France. To mark the entrance of the restored Roman aqueducts, the Popes of the 17th and 18th centuries commissioned the construction of baroque style fountains in the spot where the aqueducts entered the city of Rome

The end of the nineteenth century saw the increase in usage of indoor plumbing to provide drinking water, so urban fountains were relegated to purely decorative elements. Amazing water effects and recycled water were made possible by switching the force of gravity with mechanical pumps.

Contemporary fountains are used to embellish community spaces, honor individuals or events, and enhance recreational and entertainment events.

Santa Maria in Cosmedin: A Roman Water Feature Worth Viewing

Archaeologists and restorers on the lookout for pagan and Christian relics in Rome have come across an abundance of them in the area of the Santa Maria in Cosmedin. The Bocca della Verità (Mouth of Truth} is a renowned marble sculpture situated in the portico of the nearby basilica. Built in 1719, the Santa Maria in Cosmedin fountain was relatively unknown and located far from sight making it difficult to visit. It was said that there was very little to see in this area, as it was abject and desolate making it an unfriendly place to visit. In order to refurbish the square outside the church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin, Pope Clement XI commissioned an Italian architect by the name of Carlo Bizzaccheri to create a water fountain for the area. August 11. 1717 was when work on the church’s infrastructure commenced. After blessing of the first stone, medals with the images of the Blessed Virgin, for whom the church is named, and of St. John the Baptist, the patron saint of water, were thrown into the foundation.

What You Will Need to Have for a Garden Water Feature

When thinking about where to set up your garden fountain, do not forget that you will need somewhere to plug it in and a convenient source of water. People sometimes overlook the technical things because they get caught up in the excitement of installing their newest purchase. Since standard power cords are only 12 feet in length, you might need to attach an extension cord to reach the most convenient 120v outlet. You will need to refill your fountain with water so make sure there is a source of water in the area. Carrying large amounts of water requires strength so you do not want to have to lug it a long way. The easiest way to fill the fountain is with a nearby garden hose. A water fountain autofill is an even better alternative, but will demand the help of someone who knows how to set it up since the water has to go through an external line.

Keeping Your Outdoor Garden Fountain Tidy

Water fountains will last a long time with scheduled cleaning and maintenance. Leaves, twigs, and bugs very often find their way into fountains, so it is vital to keep yours free from such things. Another factor is that water that is exposed to sunlight is prone to growing algae.

In order to stay clear of this, there are some simple ingredients that can be added into the water, such as vinegar, sea salt, or hydrogen peroxide. Bleach can also be mixed into the water, but this is not the ideal option as it can hurt birds or other animals.

Every 3-4 months, garden fountains should have a serious cleaning. Before cleaning, all of the water must be removed. Then use a soft rag and mild cleanser to scrub the inside. If there is detailed artwork, you might need to use a toothbrush for those hard-to-reach areas. Any soap residue that remains on your fountain can damage it, so be sure it is all rinsed off.

Make sure you get rid of any calcium or plankton by taking the pump apart and scrubbing the inside thoroughly. You might want to let it soak in vinegar for a few hours to make it much less difficult to wash. Neither rain water nor mineral water contain components that will accumulate inside the pump, so use either over tap water if possible.

And finally, make sure the water level is always full in order to keep your fountain operating smoothly. Allowing the water to reach below the pump’s intake level, can cause major damage and even make the pump burn out - an undesired outcome!

The Advantages of Disappearing Water Fountains in your Backyard

The term “pondless fountain” is just another way to call a disappearing fountain. The source of the water is not visible because it is beneath the surface of the ground. An excellent place for a disappearing fountain is anywhere that gets frequent foot traffic, as it adds lovely visual and sound effects to the environment. It is not difficult to find the style that is right for you, as there are so many to pick from such as millstones, ceramic urns, waterfalls, and also those with granite columns.

There are many distinctive benefits to a disappearing fountain as opposed to other fountains. There is no big pool of water that could pose a threat to anyone since the water comes from beneath the ground. As a result, it presents no risk to children. Evaporating water is also not an issue since the water supply is not exposed to heat. Therefore, your fountain will not waste as much water as other kinds of fountains.

The water source will remain clean and free of debris since it is below gound and algae will not grow in it, so you will not need to waste a lot of time cleaning it. Finally, you can install one just about anywhere given that it takes up so little room.


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