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How to Restart Your Fountain in Spring

Here’s your handy guide to restart your fountain this spring!

Spring is resurrecting! The daffodils are blooming, the cherry blossoms are coming, and the days are longer. There are ways to keep your outdoor fountain gurgling all winter long, but if you have let it become dormant, you can take a few easy steps to restart your fountain in spring.

Steps to Restart Your Fountain in Spring

Clear Out Debris

Fountains can get dirty over time. Leaves, twigs, and dirt can congregate in the fountain, eventually clogging it up. It should only take a few minutes at most to clear out all the big, loose debris that you might find in the fountain.

Clean the Fountain

It’s best to take the fountain apart if possible to get into all the crevices. You can use dish soap and water or a commercial fountain cleaning product to wash all parts of the fountain. If you need to scrub off limescale, you can use a non-toxic deliming solution or white vinegar and baking soda. Use a soft-bristled brush and some elbow grease to get those tough grime off! Finish off by rinsing the fountain parts off well and reassembling them.

Fill the Lowest Basin with Water

You don’t want the fountain’s motor and pump to run without processing any water; the pump will not work well if water isn’t running through it. Fill the lowest basin of the fountain with enough water to get the fountain running again. 

Turn on the Pump

You can further prime the pump by submerging it in water and swishing it around so that no air bubbles are left in it. When you turn the fountain on, you can also help it start up by circulating the water around the pump at the bottom-most tier. The water pump should be quiet when it’s working properly.

Tips for Maintaining Your Fountain

Keep It Filled

If there are many hot, dry days, keep an eye on your outdoor fountain. Make sure it does not dry up, as it could cause the motor and pump to malfunction. 

Keep It Clean

Clean it about once a month to keep debris and gunk from forming. Crack down on algae if it begins growing with an algae-killing product. Popular solutions include hydrogen peroxide, white vinegar, and commercial algae-killing products for fountains. For additional outdoor fountain maintenance, call a professional!

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