If you own a garden or yard fountain, you may experience problems with algae from time to time. This problem can decrease your enjoyment of your fountain and it can also cause discoloration to the fountain itself if left unresolved for too long. So, what can you do to get rid of algae in your fountains?
The first thing to do when you notice a build up of algae is to read your owner's manual for the fountain. This is more important than you might imagine because the manual may alert you to certain chemicals that must be avoided with your particular fountain.
As you know, fountains are made from different types of materials, and each material requires its own type of care. Ignoring this can lead to permanent damage to your fountain.
In the off chance that your fountain did not come with a manual or there are no cleaning instructions within the manual that you have, call the manufacturer. They can usually offer advice and guidance on the cleaning techniques that work best for the particular finishes of your fountain.
General Procedures: For those who cannot find answers through the manufacturer, these steps can often take care of the problem.
First, unplug the pump. Do this to avoid electrocution. Once the power is off at the pump, drain the fountain and rinse it out with clean, fresh water.
Second, you can now use a wash cloth to wipe all surfaces of the fountain, including the pump.
Third, use a pipe cleaner to pull out any algae growth from the tubing and spouts. Some fountains may contain a series of small holes. These holes send water streaming down into the basin and usually easily visible. These same holes will easily become clogged with algae after some period of time. They should be cleaned out as needed in order to maintain a steady stream of water.
Some Tips: Most fountains can safely be cleaned with normal dish soap. It is important, however, to ensure that the fountain gets a thorough rinse afterwards.
It is acceptable to use a toothbrush to get into the various cracks and crevices that are in many types of fountains.
Unless the manufacturer has said it is okay, you should avoid using bleach. Instead, use a solution of white vinegar and water.
For areas that cannot be submerged in the white vinegar or bleach solution, try soaking a rag in the solution and then place the rag on top of the area. Let it remain in place for fifteen minutes. Afterwards, scrub the area with the rag or with a toothbrush.