Your Garden Wall Fountain: Upkeep & Routine Service

Installing an outdoor wall fountain requires that you take into account the dimensions of the space where you are going to install it. It is essential that the wall where you are going to hang it is strong enough to support its weight. pd-170__68619.jpg Remember that small areas or walls will require a lightweight fountain. In order for the fountain to have electrical power, a nearby electrical outlet is needed. Most outdoor wall fountains come with simple, step-by-step instructions according to the type of fountain.

Generally, when you purchase an outdoor wall fountain, it will come in an easy-to-use kit that will include all the needed information to install it properly. A submersible pump, hoses and basin, or reservoir, are provided in the kit. Depending on its size, the basin can typically be hidden quite easily amongst the plants. Since outdoor wall fountains need little care, the only thing left to do is clean it consistently.

Change the water frequently so it is always clean. Leaves, branches or dirt are types of debris which should be cleared away quickly. Excessively cold temperatures can affect your outdoor wall fountain so be sure to protect it during wintertime. In order to avoid any damage, such as cracking, from freezing water during the cold winter months, relocate your pump indoors. All in all, an outdoor wall fountain can last for any number of years with the right maintenance and care.

The Origins Of Wall Fountains

A water fountain is an architectural piece that pours water into a basin or jets it high into the air in order to provide drinking water, as well as for decorative purposes.

Pure functionality was the original purpose of fountains. Residents of cities, townships and small towns utilized them as a source of drinking water and a place to wash, which meant that fountains needed to be connected to nearby aqueduct or spring. Used until the nineteenth century, in order for fountains to flow or shoot up into the air, their source of water such as reservoirs or aqueducts, had to be higher than the water fountain in order to benefit from the power of gravity. Fountains were not only utilized as a water source for drinking water, but also to adorn homes and celebrate the artist who created it. The main components used by the Romans to build their fountains were bronze or stone masks, mostly illustrating animals or heroes. To depict the gardens of paradise, Muslim and Moorish garden planners of the Middle Ages introduced fountains to their designs. King Louis XIV of France wanted to demonstrate his superiority over nature by including fountains in the Gardens of Versailles. Seventeen and 18 century Popes sought to extol their positions by including decorative baroque-style fountains at the point where restored Roman aqueducts arrived into the city.

The end of the 19th century saw the increase in usage of indoor plumbing to provide drinking water, so urban fountains were relegated to strictly decorative elements. Impressive water effects and recycled water were made possible by switching the force of gravity with mechanical pumps.

Contemporary fountains are used to embellish community spaces, honor individuals or events, and enrich recreational and entertainment events.