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Adding a Spray Ring and Other Features to Your Water Fountain

April 13, 2012_ in Landscaping, Technical, Fountain Maintenance . 0 Comments.

In their own right, a fountain is an impressive feature for any landscape. However, going the extra mile with additional enhancements like multiple water features, spray rings, lighting, and timers can really make your fountain an awe inspiring sight to behold. If you have the budget and the idea we can make it happen! While such enhancements are not necessarily a regular part of our fountain designs and installations, we are glad to help you source and install such features.

First let’s talk about one of the mainstay features that Carved Stone Creations can add to a fountain; fountain spray rings. While the spray of water from a fountain finial and the cascading water falling from tier to tier on a fountain is certainly interesting and soothing to watch and listen to, it doesn’t have nearly the visual effect that a spray ring can add to a fountain. A spray ring literally encircles a fountain with a halo of spraying water that can be aimed towards the fountain with multiple streams of water. The arching curves of the spray really draw your eye path into the fountain as a whole and the effect of the water catching the light is a spectacular sight to behold. A spray ring really does add a whole new dimension to your fountain.

We design our spray rings from copper tube which will have a much longer life then PVC tubing which could potentially explode if water freezes within it or warp under high heat. Our copper fountain spray rings are bent from copper tubing and soldered together for a water tight fit. Spray nozzles are soldered to the ring directly and the ring sits atop tubing feet. We use adjustable brass nozzles that can be aimed in any direction you desire. We can vary the number of nozzles on the right to include as few or as many as you desire. Besides installing a spray ring in the fountain pool we can also install smaller spray rings in the smaller upper tiers of a fountain. The smaller ring in the upper tier of the fountain pictured below draws additional attention to the beautiful angel statue without obscuring it or over powering it visually by using less streams of water from the spray ring.

Let’s take a look at the hardware necessary for installing a fountain spray ring. In the picture below you can see the copper spray ring, water pumps, and fountain lights.

Two water pumps are utilized to effectively modulate pressure to the fountain and spray ring. A dump value allows you to control the pressure going to the ring, while a water line also feeds the fountain itself.

Most spray rings will require two pumps (or more depending on the size). Pump size is also determined by the number of spray nozzles desired and the height of the stream.

The Underwater Disconnect Coupling allows the power to the pump to be disconnected without the need for a junction box. unplug your pumps, and stow them away for the winter.

An underwater junction box feeds power to all of the lighting. Just like the underwater disconnect plug, you can easily fish the junction box out and disconnect the lights if desired.

This may look a bit cluttered right now, but keep in mind that nearly all of this will be submerged once the fountain is filled and out of sight. Here's the same fountain in action:

The added lighting really makes it stand out at night as each stream from the spray ring is illuminated.

While we typically stick to standard installations and simpler features like spray rings and lighting, we can work with you to really make your fountain stand out with other added water or lighting features and maintenance controls if your budget allows.

 

We can also add spitting fountains like these dolphins to your fountain pool.

In the realm of improved fountain maintenance, some advanced control features will go along way towards cutting down your fountain maintenance and extending the life of your fountain hardware.

An Auto Fill Sensor can ensure that your water levels are always maintained to avoid water starvation to the pump. A float sensor monitors the water level and a value adds water from a waterline that is typically attached to existing irrigation systems.

Another helpful maintenance feature is a wind speed sensor. When wind speed picks up even a strong highly pressurized spray steam of water is bound to break up and scatter in the wind. Suddenly the spray from you fountain finial or carefully aimed spitters could be missing the pool entirely and soaking the grass, passing pedestrians on walkways, or even passing vehicles that are in the wind’s path! This may not be a high concern for a typical residential fountain, but in commercial or park settings with frequent foot and vehicle traffic it can be a problem. A fountain wind sensor can monitor wind speed and shut the fountain pump off once the wind speed exceeds a certain threshold.

You can also add pump timers and on/off controls to your fountain. You can hard wire a switch to your home, add a wireless remote control if the fountain is in close proximity, or setup timers to run your fountain during certain hours.

As you can see, there are many options that can be added to your fountain. We can help you design a fountain that truly sets itself apart through the addition of the features we mentioned.

Looking for someone who can install a spray ring and other fountain accessories for you? Carved Stone Creations is located in Kaukauna, WI and we are a reasonable drive away from many Midwest metro areas including Milwaukee, Madison, Chicago, Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, Minneapolis, St. Paul, Grand Rapids, Ann Arbor, Traverse City, Davenport, Des Moines, St. Louis, Kansas City, Cincinnati, Columbus, etc. Visit our showroom to see first hand what we can design for you. Our convenient centralized location also means we can bring all of the tools and heavy equipment we need to tackle any installation job.

We understand the affect our harsh Midwest winters can have on exterior stone work and we design and install architectural stonework like fountains, statues, exterior stone veneer, etc with those factors in mind. We’ll make sure the stone work we install for you stands up to the weather and the test of time!

Outside of the Midwest? We can install there too. We have done work from New York to Florida to California as well.

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