Fountain Maintenance

There is no denying the beauty and elegance a fountain brings to a landscape.  However, when it comes to the technicalities of choosing and installing the right fountain pump, many find themselves in unfamiliar territory.  With so many fountain pumps to choose from, how do you know you are choosing the right one?  

When determining what fountain pump you will need, there are 5 questions to ask:

1. How large is the fountain you want to run (Total Height & Bowl Diameter) and how high do you want your fountain to spray?

There are 3 main factors that determine fountain pump output: the water volume, the height of the water...

As the harsh winter winds give way to the warm spring weather, it’s virtually impossible not to get excited about switching out heavy coats for light jackets.  Many cannot wait to spend time outside in their own little oasis once again.  However, it’s important to remember that, although you may be eager to get your stone fountain running, it was exposed to the icy weather for several months and needs to be prepared for use throughout the warm season.  Here are some tips to get your stone fountain ready for spring once freezing weather has passed.

Free Your Fountain of Debris

The absolute first thing to do after winter...

Granite is one of the most durable stone types around. If you are considering installing a fountain in your landscape, consider choosing granite. This article explains why granite fountains are superior to fountains made from other materials. 

Note that if you live in a warmer climate a stone fountain made of a different material such as limestone or sandstone can be used outdoors without wear for a fairly long time. If you live in one of the following climates, granite is the best choice for your outdoor fountain:

•    Cold Climate
•    Northern Climate
•    Area with a freeze/thaw cycle

Even if you do live in a warmer...

Marble is an exquisite building material. It has been used for centuries for sculptures and carvings. With proper care, marble can be a beautiful material for fountains too.

The naturally softer properties of marble make this material perfect for highly detailed carvings in the stone. If you want a luxurious, one-of-a-kind, intricate fountain in your home, marble may be the perfect material for you. Keep reading to get some design inspiration for a marble fountain for your home.

•    This beautiful white marble wall fountain features intricate scroll details. The classic white marble this fountain is made of sets the stage for the...

Large estate fountains are beautiful and make a grand statement in a home, but sometimes your space doesn’t allow for such a large fountain. Just because you are tight on space, doesn’t mean you can’t have a beautiful stone fountain. Below are some fountains that work great in smaller spaces inside and out. 

Wall Fountains

Wall fountains work great in small spaces because they sit flush up against a wall and out of the way. Depending on the style of wall fountain you choose they can work inside and outside too. Below are two beautiful wall fountain designs that prove that a fountain can still make a great statement in a...

Over the years, people have debated over using cast stone or natural stone for their outdoor decorations, specifically fountains. Although each has their advantages, we believe that the cons of using cast stone far outweigh the few advantages. In fact, many of the advantages of using cast stone can also be achieved using natural granite. 

First, what is cast stone? Cast stone is a man-made material from cement. Pigments and crushed stone are molded into a form to make it look like a natural stone fountain (or any other shape you desire). 

Natural stone is any stone that is found naturally in the earth; such as, granite. It is...

While you could make a cast concrete fountain look like a natural stone fountain, it will never match the durability of a granite (or other natural stone) fountain. Fountains made of cast concrete, especially those in cold weather, will eventually crack and crumble. Don’t take the risk of your fountain investment deteriorating quickly, choose a natural stone fountain. 

Now you know you should purchase a true natural stone fountain for the best result, but which stone type is for you: marble or granite? Keep reading this article for some facts on marble vs. granite fountains.

Marble Fountains

Many famous fountains around the...

Fountain care can be confusing, but it is crucial to keeping your fountain in mint condition for years to come. There are several tips out there, but we’ve compiled the 10 fountain care tips you need to know. Keep reading to find out the top fountain care tips. 

1. Keep your pump clean

One of the most important steps in fountain care is keeping your pump cleaned out and free of debris. Pollen, leaves, dirt, and other debris can build up in the fountain pump eventually causing it to slow down or even stop working. To clean it, unplug the pump, pull it out, and clean it out with an old toothbrush or cloth. Cleaning the pump...