Care & Maintenance
Self Contained Fountains
- The fountain should be set up on a flat, level surface to ensure proper water flow.
- A properly prepared base of gravel, flagstone, or other hardscaping material is preferred to maintain stability.
- Check that the pump works BEFORE assembly by placing it in a bucket of water and operating the pump.
- A fountain pump should only be connected to a properly grounded 110 volt (AC only) GFCI protected receptacle.
- Consistent filling is required to maintain a proper water level and ensure that the pump remains totally submerged. If the level of water is too low, the pump will be damaged. How often a fountain should be filled depends on water flow and specific weather conditions in which the fountain is running. Appropriate water level is also required for proper fountain performance.
- Keep pump inflow free of debris to insure proper water flow. Periodic cleaning of the pump will extend its life.
- If desired, the fountain may be cleaned with mild soap and a soft bristle brush. DO NOT use bleach.
- Algaecides available at pond supply or garden shops can be used to combat the buildup of algae.
The fountain is handmade from steel and dipped in a hot zinc bath. This bath creates a steel/zinc mixed layer and a pure zinc layer over steel, protecting the steel from oxidation and allowing the fountain to age beautifully. Small waves in material can occur due to the thermal shock of the hot zinc bath.
1. Find a level area to place the fountain. Make sure it is perfectly level before placing the fountain! Do not place the fountain directly on grass or dirt.
2. The pump and tubing will already be installed by Birdsall & Co., and will just need to be plugged in to start working. You will need a properly grounded 110-volt GFCI-protected receptacle near your fountain.
3. You may adjust the water flow by using the regulator on the pump. Wheel turned clockwise reduces the water flow, and counterclockwise increases it.
Care & Maintenance
If the fountain is scratched with a sharp object and the protecting zinc layer is damaged, add Cold Galvanizing Paint/Zinc Paint (containing actual zinc) to the damaged area to prevent rust.
Clean the fountain at least once a year with a medium/hard bristle brush, water, and a mild detergent. A white residue can accumulate on the surface on the fountain, especially during the summer months and if the water used has a high lime or calcium content. Brush off any lime buildup with a medium/hard bristle brush and water.
The more buildup accumulates, the harder it is to clean. For heavier buildup, use white vinegar on a clean cloth or sponge, and rub the affected areas. Wait 10-15 minutes and then take the lime off with the bristle brush and water. Repeat if needed. Test a small area first to ensure no discoloration will occur.
Low amount of a water-softening agent can be added to the water to limit lime buildup. In the case of algae buildup, clean the fountain regularly and add algae prevention products if needed.
The pump must be run completely under water, or it runs the risk of burning out. Always keep an eye on the water level to make sure there is sufficient water in the fountain.
Remove the pump and empty the water before the first hard freeze. If you do not wish to remove the pump, you must still remove the water and cover the fountain; no water must be allowed to accumulate in the fountain during hard freezes. The fountain is frost-resistant up to -4°F when left uncovered.