07 May Outdoor wall fountains: Brief Guidance
As for wall fountains, they fit perfectly into the atmosphere of the patio, backyard, a winter garden and other facilities, where often there is not enough space for the construction of a reservoir or a large fountain.
Various forms of the nozzle (the most popular are animal masks) act as a kind of addition to the design. Fountain reservoir should be large enough, because particularly there will be a pump.
The reservoir may be located shortly below the nozzle or in the base of the wall. Since the container is filled with water it has a large mass, it is necessary to take care of high-strength fasteners.
When the wall fountain is designed, many are faced with the problem of masking the tube which connects the nozzle and the pump.
You can mount it on the wall or cover with openwork screen, twin with plants.
Also, it is possible to stretch the back side wall.
For wall fountain two decorative items are required: water flows from one (for example, the head of a lion or a god), and pours into another one.
In fact, a small bowl of water plays a role of a “step” in a wall fountain, because the water does not stay in it, gradually as filling it drains into a large tank (where due to the uncomplicated mechanism it is fed back to the sources).
Traditionally, decorative elements have to be made of light in the processing stone (e.g., sandstone), ceramic or metal (lead, copper).
Under the decorative elements a tank should be equipped, where the main water supply will be located. Its design is decorative ponds-based, paving the wall with insulating foil, pouring of waterproof concrete or installing a ready plastic form.
The depth of the reservoir should correspond to the power of the pump used for water supply – it is usually one-third more than the height of the mechanism. The width depends on your individual preferences (it cannot be narrower than a decorative bowl diameter plus 20 cm on the spread of the jets).
Decorative elements are fixed to the wall only after the water tank is ready and will be drilled in the wall opening for communication. They must be fastened securely with the help of powerful anchors.
At the bottom of the tank the pump is installed right next to the wall on which decorative details will be mounted. It has to be connected to the mains in full compliance with safety regulations (outlet should be located inside the building, and all used materials to pass the appropriate waterproofing control).
The pump and the top decorative detail, from which water flows are connected with a hose, stretched through the holes in the wall and a secured with braces. For the wall fountain communications hoses made exclusively from high-strength plastic or flexible copper pipe should be used.
The bottom tank is filled with water after completion of all work with portable hose (usually once in the beginning of the season). If the selected model does not allow the pump to control the power of the water supply it is necessary to install on the hose or on the tube a special valve, which regulates the pressure.