How to Clean a Fountain

By on 8-01-2014 in Uncategorized

The following instructions have been published in order to provide the necessary details such that Katey Nakatsu is sufficiently advised and equipped to clean the fountain, all by herself.

Preparation

  1. Position the vacuum, leaf blower, and transparent drain hose near the fountain.
  2. Unwind and un-kink the transparent drain hose with one end near the middle of the yard.  The other end should be near the drain bib cover (see figure 1).
  3. Set up the vacuum near the north side of the fountain with the hose toward the fountain and the drain facing away from the fountain.
  4. Plug the vacuum into the fountain timer, (see figure 2, slot B)
  5. Disconnect the pump AC plug at the timer (see figure 2, slot A)
  6. Start the leaf blower and face the kitchen window (east).  Blow the water from all three tiers of the fountain toward the kitchen window.  This will prevent you from blowing water on the vacuum which now connected to AC power and could ruin it.
Figure 1

Figure 1

Figure 2

Figure 2

Draining

  1. Remove the pump assembly cover (see figure 3) and set it aside
  2. Remove the drain bib cover (see figure 1) and set it aside
  3. Close the water leveler valve (see figure 4, valve B).  * Note: figure 4 depicts the valve in the open position.
  4. Fully open the pump flow valve (see figure 4, valve A).  The valve is open when it is parallel with the pipe.
  5. Close the flow valve near the drain bib (see figure 5, valve A).  The valve will be perpendicular to the pipe when closed.
  6. Open the bib valve (see figure 5, valve B).
  7. Attach the transparent drain hose to the drain bib by sliding it over the bib.
  8. Ensure that there are as few kinks in the transparent drain hose as possible before initiating drainage.
  9. Insert the pump AC plug (previously removed in step 5) in to slot A as pictured in figure 2
  10. Water should begin to drain from the fountain.
  11. Ensure that you remove anything that may be hindering flow at the return inlet (see figure 6) to prevent undue strain on the pump.
  12. When the water has drained such that air begins to enter the return inlet (see figure 6), disconnect the pump AC plug at the timer (see figure 2, slot A).
  13. Remove the transparent drain hose from the drain bib and flush any remaining water from within the hose by lifting from one end to the other.  When complete, re-coil the hose and put it back in the garage
  14. Open the flow valve near the drain bib (see figure 5, valve A).  The valve will be parallel to the pipe when open.
  15. Close the bib valve (see figure 5, valve B).
  16. Replace the drain bib cover (see figure 1)
Figure 3

Figure 3

Figure 4

Figure 4

Figure 5

Figure 5

Figure 6

Figure 6

Cleaning

  1. Turn the vacuum on and with the suction hose, remove all remaining water and debris.
  2. When the vacuum container is full, you will hear a change in pitch and suction will stop.  The plunger that stops suction when the vacuum container is full doesn’t always engage so be sure to listen for the change in the sound.  If you ever see water shooting from the vacuum exhaust, stop the vacuum immediately and follow the instruction as set forth in “Cleaning, step 3”.
  3. Stop the vacuum and drain the vacuum container unit by removing the cap on the bottom rear (facing the grass) of the vacuum container unit.
  4. Use the hose as needed to flush remaining algae toward the north side of the fountain where it can be easily vacuumed.
  5. Repeat steps 1 through 3 until all water, algae, and other debris have been completely removed.
  6. Should you observe green algae remaining on the fountain floor or anywhere else, apply a squirt of bleach which can be found on the shelf in the workroom next to the chlorine tablets.  (see figure 7, item B)
  7. Ensure the wire filter is clean and properly seated in the return inlet (see figure 6).
Figure 7

Figure 7

Filling

  1. Open the water leveler valve (see figure 4, valve B).
  2. Hasten the filling process by supplementing water input with the garden hose.
  3. Remove the vacuum AC plug from the fountain timer, (see figure 2, slot B)
  4. Remove the top cover (the black part) from the vacuum container (the red part) by releasing the clasps on each end and lifting it away.
  5. Clean the vacuum container in the yard with the hose.  When complete, put the hose back into the fountain.
  6. Empty as much excess water as possible from the vacuum container then position it in the sun to dry.
  7. Place two chlorine tablets (during summer) under the water leveler assembly.  Chlorine tablets can be found in the workroom next to the bleach. (see figure 7, item A)
  8. Monitor filling progress until water reaches the desired level.
  9. Connect the pump AC plug at the timer (see figure 2, slot A).
  10. Adjust the pump flow valve (see figure 4, valve A) at 45 degree angle to the pipe.  This is essentially half-open or half-close, depending on your perspective.
  11. Replace the pump assembly cover previously removed in “Draining, step 1” (see figure 3).

Cleanup

  1. Put the leaf blower back in the detached garage.
  2. Put the bleach (if used) back in the garage workroom next to the chlorine (see figure 7, item B)
  3. When dry, secure the vacuum top cover to the vacuum container and wind the AC cord as appropriate.  Return the vacuum to the garage.
  4. Give your father a hug accompanied by a warm smile 🙂