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Tabletop Water Fountain Maintenance: Top Tips

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Tabletop water fountains are a great way to enjoy a visually appealing water feature as you relax in your home. You can purchase one at a home and garden shop or, if you're feeling creative, make your own. The fountain is certain to give you many years of enjoyment as long as it's well maintained. This article offers some key tips for maintaining these intriguing decorative objects properly.  


One issue with tabletop water fountains is the growth of algae because algae inevitably forms in water as long as it has access to sunlight as well. This is especially true if you're using tap water for your fountain. Tap water contains various minerals and sediments that are conducive to algae formation. To keep algae growth to a minimum, use distilled water. The lack of minerals and sediment in distilled water inhibits the growth of algae. 

Another good idea, if using distilled water does not completely solve the problem, is to place a small amount of bleach in the water. The bleach will make the water inhospitable to algae growth. 


Water splashing outside of the fountain basin or bowl is a common maintenance problem. To resolve this issue, make sure that the fountain rests on a sturdy surface and that the fountain bowl is level. Placing more rocks in the fountain basin may help as well.  

Even in the best case, a little splashing is always a possibility, so always set the fountain on a waterproof surface, or use a waterproof mat. 

Noisy Pump 

If the pump is making too much noise, the water level might be too low. The pump should always be totally submerged to operate efficiently. Another possibility is that the pump is noisy because it's too close to the edge of the bowl and is making noise as it strikes the side. 


Clean the bowl about every three or four months if you are using distilled water and every two months if you are using tap water. Take the fountain apart and soak the various parts of the fountain, including the pump, in a bleach solution. 

The typical pump for a tabletop fountain can be disassembled for easy cleaning. Take the pump apart and remove any dirt or grime on the components with a toothbrush. 

Tabletop water fountains make any indoor space more attractive and pleasing. Many different types of retailers offer tabletop water fountains for sale, so you're bound to find one that fits your decor, and they're easy to maintain as long as you follow these key tips.