An outdoor standing water fountain can be a beautiful addition to your backyard. If you want your new standing water fountain to make it through more than one year in your backyard, you need to make sure you know how to maintain your new standing water fountain.  

Be Careful Where You Install the Fountain

To start with, you need to make sure that you pick a smart installation spot. You want to choose a location where the fountain is not likely to be disturbed or accidentally hit, so keep your fountain away from areas where your kids like to run in your backyard and other high-traffic spots. You want to place your fountain in a location that is easy to see but not easy to disturb.

The location you choose should be flat and level; you don't want your fountain to topple over. Ideally, you should be able to anchor your fountain to a cement base. Anchoring your fountain to the ground will keep your fountain secure, even when high winds blow through the area.

Use the Right Cleaners

Be careful when you clean your fountain. You need to find a water fountain cleaner that is made for the type of material that your fountain is made from. For example, if you have a concrete fountain, you want to use a concrete cleaner, not one made for a copper fountain. Make sure the cleaner works with the primary material the fountain is made from and stay away from any abrasive cleaners.

Remove Debris on a Regular Basis

Debris such as algae, twigs, and leaves are going to get into your fountain. If you want your fountain to last, you need to remove this debris from your fountain. Keep a handheld skimmer nearby, and every day you walk past your fountain, use the skimmer to remove the debris. Built-up debris can harm the various components of your fountain.

Keep the Water Clean

Water fountains located outdoors often become birdbaths and drinking pools for the local wildlife. Animal activity can cause the water in your fountain to get dirty. It is important to clean the water whenever it starts to look murky. Murky water is full of dirt, silt, and other small pieces of debris that can harm the mechanical components of your fountain. Cleaning and replacing the water regularly is an important part of caring for your fountain. Use the wastewater to water the other vegetation in your backyard.

If you are installing an outdoor standing water fountain this year, select a secure location for the fountain. Remove debris from the fountain regularly, keep the water clean, and only use approved cleaners on the fountain. Taking these steps will allow you to get many years of use out of your new standing designer water fountain.