How To Care For Your Water Feature

Outdoor water features are designed to withstand adverse weather conditions but they need a helping hand along the way particularly during the cold months.

You shouldn't however limit your attention to the winter, there are several procedures that can be followed throughout the year to protect your water feature from being damaged by the weather and ensuring that the water remains crystal clear.

Clear Water

Clear water that sparkles so attractively in the sunlight is essential to the beauty of your water feature but, just as importantly, its clarity means that the circulating pump will not become blocked by the algae, sludge and other pollutants that cause the water to be discoloured.

There are several treatments in liquid or tablet form that are specially designed to clarify green water by eliminating algae in fountains and other types of water feature. These are quick acting but be careful, read the instructions and choose the correct product as some may be harmful to any fish and also birds drinking from your water feature.

Lime Scale and Grime

In certain parts of the country lime scale caused by hard water is a problem as it leaves chalky mineral deposits that soon build up. Not only looking unsightly on the outside, internally the lime scale will restrict the pump's performance and make it highly likely to fail.

So a regular application of a lime scale remover on the feature's exterior is recommended to maintain its appearance and the pump should be removed annually and cleaned to maximize its working life and ensure optimum performance.

If a water feature has been neglected while collecting grime of a period of time, you can brush it clean with hot water containing a mild detergent or there is a choice of specialist cleaners that will remove stubborn dirt from resin and stone, and there are other sprays to restore and seal surfaces that have been dulled by age and prolonged exposure to sunlight.

Winter Draining

Water features can be left outside throughout the winter but only if they are drained. Freezing water expands and will cause damage, so draining through the appropriate outlet in self-circulating water features is essential and this is also a good time to inspect and clean the pump, flushing out any deposits that may impede its performance.

Waterproof Covers

After draining, the feature can be protected by a waterproof cover, shielding it from falling leaves that will stain and may cause a blockage, as well as preventing any damaging weathering caused by rain and snow. Several sizes are available and can be quickly fitted, they are designed to fit snugly, with drawstrings acting as security against high winds.