If you are looking to add something special to your yard, consider water features. These easy to maintain features will add value to your home as well as beauty. However, some homeowners are concerned about maintenance and how it affects the noise level in their yard.
Most outdoor water features are self-controlling, which means the water only circulates on its own. You won’t have to top up the water, although some experts do recommend topping off the reservoir to keep things moving smoothly. An even more important factor is the noise generated by the pump motor. The less noise the better, particularly if you live in a busy neighbourhood where the noise from passing cars can be distracting. To test whether or not the pump is causing excessive noise to talk to the homeowner of the house who installed the feature and asks him for his advice.
Pump power isn’t the only thing to consider when thinking about water features. If the pump is drawing excessive amounts of water because it is pumping too much water through a large pipe then the fountains will drown the algae that are growing inside. Pump power and water flow both are factors that can cause algae growth. Pump power can be reduced by decreasing the water flowing through the pipe, but this can lead to clogging problems as well. Use fountains and water features that allow the water to circulate naturally.
The most common problem with water features is algae growth, which can look terrible. It looks bad because it is green, but if it is constantly surrounded by ugly, dirty, noisy, trash-looking objects, it becomes something of an eyesore. Therefore, the first step is to regularly (at least once a year) take a water feature out to have all of the dirt and grime removed so that it looks nice and is not making a nuisance for you and your neighbours.
Regular maintenance does not have to be difficult. The most important thing to remember is that you want to have your water features looking great and functioning correctly, even if they are not always turned on. It is recommended to turn a water feature daily during the hottest part of the day, such as early morning, mid-afternoon, and late evening, as these are the most popular times for people to enjoy their backyard water features. By turning your fountain or water feature on at these times, you are ensuring that it is properly heated so that it produces a gentle current that keeps your backyard landscape looking beautiful all year long.
One thing to consider when caring for a garden water feature is that you should keep the water features clean. No matter how much you love your backyard landscape, it is not a good idea to have a clogged, overflowing fountain, or feature. If your water features are constantly filled, they will also attract bees, butterflies, and other pests that can harm your garden. Taking out the water feature every month will prevent this problem and keep your backyard landscape looking fresh and attractive year-round.
Another way to make sure that your water features continue to look good all year is to purchase a good quality pump to run it. Many garden pump units are designed to run on high-quality motors that will prevent them from being overworked, and running your water features continuously will also damage the motor. If you are not knowledgeable about your pump, ask someone at your local hardware store for advice on the best one for your water source, and always read the instructions before you start up your water supply.
Although most garden pump units are not very loud, running one that has a low horsepower can result in excessive noise. This can deter many people from using their water features. If you are still worried about it, you can always consult a neighbour or family member who has a small pond and will be able to vouch for the noise level of the moving water feature.