Houston Fountains and Waterfalls
There is nothing like the sound of running water. It soothes the soul and relaxes the listener. It could be the trickle of a small fountain to the sound of a large waterfall dropping into a designed space to produce a deep rushing water echo.
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Fountain and Waterfall Terminology
Wall Fountain – this is generally a smaller, self contained fountain that is mounted to a wall or fence and plugged in. You must maintain a water level for it to operate. Many designs incorporate Lions heads or multi-faceted surfaces for the water to cascade over into a small pool at the bottom.
Tiered Fountain – generally constructed of Cast Stone or other concrete materials, a tiered fountain is multi leveled with water flowing from smaller upper tiers to larger lower tiers.
Water Fall – constructed of rocks, earth and other materials, a waterfall needs to be at least 4′ tall to develop the sound to a level that it can be heard throughout the landscaped area. The biggest expense is getting the rocks and materials to the space and providing a high flow pump capable of producing a cascade of water over the rock buildup into a pool below.
Pond-less or Pool-less Water Feature – we can use just about anything as a fountain and place it to where there is no standing water at the base. It helps keep evaporation down but you still need to fill the fountain from time to time during periods of heat and little rain.
Ponds – large backyard water ponds are great features, but can be high maintenance. I have been there – done that and the rewards are few. A small pool at the bottom of a fountain is much easier to maintain. If you are wanting a Koi pond, I recommend a Koi pond specialist. I understand the desire for and beauty of Koi, which are a group of fish that are ornamental varieties of domesticated common carp that are kept for decorative purposes in outdoor ponds or water gardens. There are some who spend thousands on a single fish and then do not maintain the water feature. I have used several species of fish in water features and stopped after the third visit from a certain freeloading water bird who liked the idea of all his or her fish being conveniently in one location.
Pump Flow Rate – this refers to the capacity in gallons per hour of your pump to provide recirculating water to your water feature. Small fountains are not an energy concern but large waterfalls should be set on a timer to not operate all night long. Same with lights used in the waterfalls too unless they are LED’s, which draw much less power.
Liners – all pool or pond features need a liner, And there are several:
- Concrete or Gunite
- Poly liners vary in thickness and are sold in varying millimeter gauges. The term EPDM is an extremely durable synthetic rubber membrane (ethylene propylene diene terpolymer) is widely used for fish ponds because it is not toxic and, at 45 mils thick, will not rip or tear. Its two primary ingredients, ethylene and propylene, are derived from oil and natural gas.
- Preformed plastic liners. These are OK for small ponds and fountain catch basins. I keep a can of flexseal around for their repair.
- Water level is very important. In the summer in Texas, do not depend on rain to keep you pond or water feature filled. One good idea is to catch rain water with a rain barrel and have it feed to you feature, if possible. A big concern is running your pump without water, which can and will damage the pump.
- Keep your water feature free of leaves and weed growth.
- If your fountain does not work, but you hear your pump running, turn it off. Add a cup of bleach (if you do not have fish in the feature) and clean out the tubing from the pump to the fountain by using some thick weed eater cord, forcing it through the tubing system. Small pump? Use a smaller weed eater line.
- Pump not running? Unplug the pump. Check water level and pump filter. Plug a small light into the plug to be sure the plug is getting electricity. If not, then check your electrical panel for a throw breaker. If the pump is on a GFCI (ground-fault circuit interrupter) then check to see if it is thrown and reset same. If this does not work, consult and electrician.
- Feature leaking? If you can find the leak, then try to fix it. Most will leak at the tubing connections. If you can not find the leak between the pump and the feature, perhaps the catch basin or pond is leaking. Try a can of Flex Seal. Dry out the basin completely then spray the basin with the Flex seal. Wait 24 hours and refill.
- Water plants not doing well. Check with your local nursery.