Foam In Outdoor Water Fountains

[Posted on September 7th, 2014 by Fathom Fountains]


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Outdoor water fountains are beautiful water features that adds a relaxing element to backyard spaces. Yet they require periodic maintenance and cleaning to keep them in the best condition. If you happen to go outside one morning and notice that there is foam along the water surface, you may wonder if your spouse used too much soap to scrub the algae out of the fountain.

Foam Caused By Organic Materials

Before you start cussing out the dear spouse, you need to understand that the foam along the water isn’t normally caused by any type of soap or detergent. It is caused by the organic compounds and proteins that have gotten into the water. The organic materials may be from plants, animals or bacteria that landed or were blown into the water.

These compounds usually float on the surface. As they float, the rushing waters falling from the outdoor water fountains causes the compounds to churn about, making a bubbly foam appearance. You may also see foam in fountains that connect to fish ponds. The organic waste and the fish movements causes the foam to form in ponds.

How To Get Rid Of Foam

The best way to reduce the amount of foam on standing fountains and wall fountains is to eliminate the organic compounds and bacteria floating on the surface. To do this, you need to regularly clean the fountain — but not with beach or soap. There are fountain cleaning solutions available as you can check the label to ensure you can use the cleaner on the type of fountain and pump you have.

You can also use distilled water to stop algae and bacteria from forming. Change the water periodically so that it is fresh and clean of organic compounds.

If you still are experiencing foam in your outdoor water fountains, there are many products out there that claim to reduce the foam in fountains. Only purchase ones that are nontoxic as you don’t want to harm the birds or other outdoor animals getting a drink from the water. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions on how much of the product to use in the fountain so you can get the water clean and clear to have a beautiful water feature that lasts.


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