A water fountain in the backyard goes a long way toward bringing out the aesthetic of your home as a whole! Water fountains bring out the best in everything. They look great in almost any maintained garden or patio.
Buying a water fountain isn’t a small task, however. It requires quite a bit of planning if you want to get the best water fountain for your backyard. There are a number of factors to consider as you look around. We’re going to take a look at seven questions to ask yourself before you even begin searching for your new water fountain. You should only start looking for a water fountain when you have answered all seven questions to the best of your ability.
Let’s take a look, shall we?
How Will You Power It?
Generally, a water fountain is electrically powered with an in-built or external pump. (Try to get an in-built one for the sake of appearance) Naturally, you will need to consider how you will connect the water fountain to your main power line. Alternately, you could always use a portable generator, but that would be more expensive and require you to charge it every once in a while.
Where Will You Get Water From?
There are two ways to provide water for the water fountain. The most commonly used method is to attach it to the main water line. Another method is to supply water manually and set it up to reuse what you put in it. (This only works with certain water fountains)
If you’re planning to attach your water fountain to your main water supply, you will need to determine where you are able to set this up. You shouldn’t place your water fountain first and then hope that you’re able to get water to it later. You must plan ahead.
Do You Want It to Light Up?
Water fountains look great during the day, but what about nighttime? If you truly want your water fountain to look great all the time, you might want to include lighting with it.
Some water fountains come with their own lights. However, if you’re not interested in these, you could always install spotlights nearby directed at it. Either way, you should decide beforehand so that you know what to look for when the time comes.
Where Will You Put It?
Obviously, you need to determine where you have room for such a large outdoor living appliance. There isn’t much point in looking into all the previous questions if you don’t actually have enough space to include the water fountain you want.
You do still need to work on the other questions first. Once you’ve learned what location is capable of receiving electricity and water, then you can see how much space you have for your water fountain. If the space is a little smaller than one might prefer, you can always look for a slightly smaller water fountain to place there.
The idea is that once you’ve already determined the maximum area you have available you will be able to remove larger water fountains from consideration. Ideally, try to leave a little bit of walking space so that people can enjoy your fountain as well!
Do You Want One that Re-Uses Water? (Hint: Yes, You Do!)
The cost of water varies from country to country. Regardless, water is not an unlimited resource, believe it or not. We should strive to conserve our water when possible.
Not only does reusing water save the planet, but it also saves you time and money. If your water fountain is capable of reusing water, you may only need to change it every two or three days, depending on how clean the actual fountain is. On top of that, you will be allowed to use your fountain all-year-long, so long as you don’t live in a below zero environments. (More on that later)
Water fountains that reuse water are a bit more expensive when you first buy them. However, they are worth the extra expense and save you money in the long run.
Do You Have the Time to Clean It?
A water fountain isn’t hugely difficult to maintain, but it will require some of your time. You would need to set aside around one hour every week or two to clean it out. Some people do leave their water fountains for a month, but we don’t recommend it if you want the fountain to last.
If you don’t have the spare time to clean up your water fountain, then you either need to commit to hiring someone to do it for you or wait until you do have time for it. There is no sense in investing in something so big when you have no intention of maintaining it.
Will You Need to Deal with Below Freezing Winters?
If winters get to sub-zero degrees where you live, you will have to provide further care for your water fountain. For starters, you need to remove all the water in your water fountain before the temperature gets to zero or below. If you don’t and the water starts to freeze, it could easily damage your water fountain. The most likely thing that would break would be your water pump. Trust us, you don’t want that to break!
Have you answered all seven questions? Good! Now you’re ready to look for your new water fountain. Happy shopping!