A Short History of Outdoor Garden Fountains

As originally developed, fountains were crafted to be practical, guiding water from streams or aqueducts to the residents of towns and villages, where the water could be used for cooking, cleaning, and drinking. The force of gravity was the power supply of water fountains up until the end of the nineteenth century, using the potent power of water traveling down hill from a spring or creek to push the water through valves or other outlets. Fountains all through history have been crafted as monuments, impressing local citizens and travelers alike. a-346__22574.jpg If you saw the 1st fountains, you wouldn't recognize them as fountains. Uncomplicated stone basins crafted from local rock were the original fountains, used for religious ceremonies and drinking water. Pure stone basins as fountains have been uncovered from 2000 BC. Gravity was the energy source that controlled the earliest water fountains. Drinking water was supplied by public fountains, long before fountains became decorative public statues, as beautiful as they are functional. Fountains with ornamental Gods, mythological monsters, and animals began to show up in Rome in about 6 B.C., made from stone and bronze. The impressive aqueducts of Rome provided water to the incredible public fountains, many of which you can visit today.

Tips for Installing a Garden Water Element

A water source and an electrical socket are two essential items that many people do not think about when determining where they want to place their garden fountain. People sometimes fail to remember the technical information because they get caught up in the excitement of installing their newest purchase. If you need an extension cord to reach a 120v wall socket, feel free to use one, as typical power cords are only 12 feet long. It will be necessary to refill your fountain with water so make sure there is a source of water in the area. Water is challenging to move manually from place to place. A nearby hose can make filling the fountain a lot less demanding. A water fountain autofill is yet another alternative, but will require the help of an expert who knows how to set it up since the water has to go through an external line.

Water Elements Where Your Favorite Feline Can Play

Does hearing water flow from the tap make your cat come running? Do you find him guzzling toilet water or waiting before drinking water from his own bowl? Strange as these behaviors sound, they actually show a cat’s natural instinct to avoid still standing water. Generally, they do not consume water that is not moving.

In the wild, cats tend to take in moisture-rich meat, which means they do not need to regularly seek out water. This tendency eliminated any impulse felines had to find additional water to drink. Owner's of a domesticated cat, on the other hand, need to make sure their cats get plenty of water because it is an essential part of their overall health. Make water easily accessible to your cat by putting in a cat fountain.

Limitless fresh water will always be available to your pet if you install one. The plethora of different styles will allow you to select a fountain best suited to your cat. Some fountains are basically a bowl which refills automatically while others offer fresher water due to their continuous flow.

How to Mount a Wall Fountain

Just about any living space will benefit from the addition of a wall fountain. Harmony and calmness will fill the room due to the comforting sound of the waterfall. People tend to hang wall fountains in any room where folks meet, but most commonly in entryways. The best way to hang one depends on the model, but the standard process is the same. Bear in mind that different parts will need to be put together during assembly. Once you attach the foundation and the top you will then need to attach the pump and the water tubes. The directions should be read first to make sure it is assembled right. Generally, it is quick and straightforward.

Be aware, though, that the style you have might call for a somewhat different procedure. Another person can be useful to hold the wall fountain in the appropriate position so that you can mark the wall. A level is the best tool to ensure it is mounted straight. It is advisable to mark both the bottom and the top positions. Wall fountains can be mounted in a couple of ways. You can put the screws in the wall and glide them into the slots on the back of the wall fountain. On the other hand, brackets can be secured to the wall. The bracket option is better, especially for wall fountains that are big and bulky. Mark the spot on the wall where the brackets need to be mounted. Utilize a drill to make the pilot holes on the wall for the drywall anchors. Place the anchors in the wall with a hammer.

Attach the brackets by making sure they are level and then screwing them into the wall with a drill or screwdriver. It is now time to hang your wall fountain onto the mounting brackets. Ensure that it is properly mounted and straight. If the positioning is right, it’s time to put in water. The pump should be completely immersed under water. At this point plug it in and the water will start to circulate. Gently pour in more water until it comes within an inch of the top of the basin. Do not fill the basin all the way to the top or it will overflow anytime the pump is not on. When the water is not being pumped, it all settles at the bottom causing the water level to rise. When the fountain is overly full, water can spill out and cause damage to the immediate area.

Your Fountain: Upkeep & Routine Service

An important facet to think about is the size of the outdoor wall fountain in respect to the space in which you are going to mount it. It will require a strong wall to support its overall weight. So areas or walls which are smaller in size will most probably require something lightweight. An electric socket close to the fountain is needed to power the fountain. There are many different styles of fountains, each with their own set of simple, step-by-step directions.

Most outside wall fountains are available in easy-to-use kits that will give you everything you need to properly install it. In the kit you will find all the needed essentials: a submersible pump, hoses and basin, or reservoir. If the size is appropriate, the basin can be hidden away amongst your garden plants. Once your wall fountain is installed, all that is needed is regular cleaning and some light maintenance.

Replace the water frequently so it is always clean. Remember to clear away debris like leaves, twigs or dirt as fast as possible. In addition, your outdoor wall fountain should not be exposed to freezing winter temperatures. If kept outdoors, your pump could split as a result of freezing water, so bring it inside during the winter. All in all, an outdoor wall fountain can last for any number of years with proper maintenance and care.


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