Can you imagine to see your beautiful fountain all covered in green?
Although the appearance of algae in fountains is normal, it looks unpleasant and even worse: it that it can damage the pump and other of the fountain’s components.
But don't worry! Keeping a fountain free from algae does not have to give you a headache. With these simple recommendations, we tell you how to prevent and to get rid of the algae.
The 3 Simplest Ways To Prevent Or Remove Algae
Place your fountain in the shade
Placing the fountain in the shade helps to minimize algae proliferation. If this is not possible, a partially shaded area may still help slow algae growth. Placing an umbrella or awning next to the fountain can also be a great idea to provide some shade to the fountain.
Impurities in water also lead to algae in a fountain. Therefore, avoid filling your fountain with contaminated water, such as unfiltered water from a pond or stream.
Light cleaning and deep cleaning
Very light algae growth can be removed without having to dismantle the fountain completely. You can simply wipe the algae from the fountain using a sponge with mild soap. Applying white vinegar directly on the areas with algae also works pretty well to brush the algae off.
This light clean routine leaves the fountain basin clean but the algae build up in the filter, which will eventually require a deeper cleaning. Therefore, you should clean your fountain and its features (including the pump) every one to three months, depending on the size of the fountain.
Adding algae prevention products is another way to help keep the water clean. The best time to start using such products is right after you have set up your fountain or after a deep cleaning.
If your fountain has plants or fishes, or if you are concerned about the birds which come and take a bath or drink from the fountain, then look for animal-safe products. Most products found in pet stores and hardware stores will be animal-safe, but it is important to check the labels.
Another natural preventative product that you can use is hydrogen peroxide. It is easy to find and a very cheap option that does not hurt the wildlife because it turns into oxygen. How to use it? Pour a generous amount into the fountain water. The amount depends on how big your fountain is. Nothing will happen right away, but after a day, the water will look clear again.
If your fountain doesn't have any plants or fish, a cap of bleach may work as a preventative measure. If your fountain doesn't have any plants or fish, then a cap of bleach may work as a preventative measure.