Although fountain treatments are not required, they will make maintaining your water features significantly easier. You will still need to clean them regularly, but products, such as Fountec help prevent algae and bacteria growth, as well as scale buildup. This will keep your fountains looking and operating their best between cleaning.
Blame Scale on Your Water
If you are looking for something to blame for the smelly water you are plagued with, you can go ahead and point your finger right at your kitchen tap. Regular tap water typically contains lime, calcium, and other naturally occurring elements. Although you may not notice them when you are drinking, showering, or cleaning with the water, they can create a buildup of scale over time. If you notice a pink slime or white powdery substance in your fountain, your water probably has high levels of calcium or lime.
If you use distilled water to fill and refill your fountain then you likely will not deal with these mineral deposits. However, buying and using distilled water regularly is typically only feasible with a small fountain. After all, you are not going to go to the store and fill several shopping carts with jugs of water, right? Fortunately, using a fountain treatment product can help prevent this. These products always work best when used as a preventative treatment. So, if you already have buildup, clean the fountain, pump, and stones thoroughly, and add the product to the clean water.
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What About Algae?
If you are not dealing with scale, perhaps you are battling algae growth. If you are really lucky, then you might have the pleasure of being plagued with both simultaneously, which makes for a very undesirable display. Algae feed on water and grow incredibly fast. This is especially true if your fountain happens to be positioned where it receives natural sunlight.
Not sure if you are dealing with algae? Well, if the water looks a little darker or has developed an unpleasant smell then you probably are. Whatever you do, do not pour bleach in your fountain. Many people do this, thinking it will kill whatever is in the water, but bleach can damage the material of the basin as well as the pump.
Algae are easily destroyed using a fountain treatment. Obviously, using it as a preventative measure is better, but adding it to water until you can give your fountain a good cleaning is better than leaving it alone. Remember to add a few drops regularly as you add water to replace that which is lost through evaporation.