It has been said that balancing the four elements in your home creates a calming feel. Earth, air, fire and water can be reflected in the home in a myriad of ways from mirrors to furniture to art. When incorporating water elements in the home, you may choose to go with an indoor water feature. The calming bubbling of the water adds a soothing sound to any room. To maintain the beauty of your water feature, follow our top five tips on using indoor water features.
Choosing a Water Feature
There are many great water features to choose from. When looking at the vast collection from Wave Water Features, it can be overwhelming. Stainless steel, ceramic, modern, classic, nature themed or bronze features are all lovely. Choose the one which will be the best size for your home. You wouldn’t want an oversized water feature in the bathroom, but a large one may look great in the corner of the dining room. The right piece will match the decor of your home and will be the right size for the room.
Getting the Water Flowing
One of the most important tips on using indoor water features is to use distilled water. Regular water straight from the faucet contains minerals. Minerals can leave deposits on the inner workings of the water feature and unsightly spots or rings on the outside of the fountain. Distilled water has been filtered and does not have the same makeup of tap water, making it a better choice for water features.
Keeping the Fountain Clean
Water is one of the biggest contributors to life. Without water, the world would be a dry and dismal place. The simplest forms of life spring from water. Algae can develop in the water of your fountain due to spores which naturally float through the air. To prevent this slimy buildup, water features should be cleaned regularly. When cleaning the feature be sure to rinse it completely so that there is no residue of soap left behind which could result in cloudy or sudsy water.
Additional attention should be paid to what is used to clean water features. While some are made from strong slate, others are made from softer bronze. It would be a shame to scratch or harm the bowl because a cleanser or cleansing cloth was too harsh. Check out the manufacturer’s directions before cleaning the feature for the first time to ensure that the right items are being used.
Keeping the Water Moving
The water pump is what keeps the water circulating. When you first assemble the water feature, be sure to save the directions. If the flow of water slows down in the fountain it may be because of a clogged screen in the pump system. When this happens, drain and disassemble the feature. Clean the pump hoses and screens to ensure there is no gunk which has built up. Let everything dry and then reassemble the water feature. It should then run like new.
Tips for Fountain Placement
Finally, where you place the fountain matters. Part of what makes the sound from the fountain is the water falling from a certain height into a lower pool. The falling of the water can cause splashing. Be careful not to place the water feature on any furniture which can be ruined by water. An antique desk could be ruined by splashing water. For protection, place something under the fountain to catch errant water such as a cloth or silicone mat.
These top five tips on using indoor water features will prolong the life of your beautiful piece.