Caring for your Brass Baron
Fountains and Ponds
Whether you put your fountain and pond inside
for year-long enjoyment or leave them outside as part of their natural surroundings, they
will require little attention.
Caring for your fountain or sculpture
is easy. Keep in mind that the natural tendency of brass is to oxidize into a verdi-gris
(green-gray) patina finish. Maintenance on fountains or sculptures is only
required if you wish to maintain it's showroom-like finish.
If you decide not to let mother nature take
care of your fountain or sculpture, you can maintain your piece as follows: Wipe off the
water spots which result from running the fountain with a coarse cloth or by brushing the
spots with a very soft brass-bristled brush. A lint brush works really well, too. To slow
the natural oxidation process, a light coat of wax was applied to your fountain before
being shipped to you. After you are done removing water spots, you should apply a light
coat of clear paste wax. It is not recommended that you apply wax to your fountain without
first brushing it. Applying wax over water marks will make them much harder to remove at a
later time. Apply the wax with a paintbrush. You can use a clean cloth to buff to a
desired luster. By following this easy care process, your fountain will maintain its
appealing appearance for years to come.
All of our fountains have been cleaned and
tested to assure that you receive a piece that is not only attractive but discharges water
properly. Occasionally, it may appear that the fountain does not "work" or that
it "leaks." Below is a checklist to help determine what the problem might be and
how to correct it.
If your fountain does not run or if it
dribbles, check to see if:
a) the pump is plugged-in and that your
electrical source is "on"
b) the pump is functioning (sometimes the
impeller/blade will "freeze" ; if so, remove the cover; spray it with WD-40 and
turn it by hand.)
c) the tubing has a kink
d) the tubing is securely fastened to both
pump and fountain
e) the pump is completely submerged
f) the copper tubing is clogged (if the
tubing is clogged, run a thin wire as far as possible into the ends of the tube to loosen
any debris that may be present. If this is not possible, try "back-flushing" by
attaching the vinyl tube to the "front" end of the copper tube and running the
g) the water is sufficiently clearing the
opening. If the water is "dragging" across the edge, it will cause some water to
drain back into the body cavity and leak through tiny pinholes, which exist in your
fountain as natural result of the lost-wax casting process. The copper tube may need
adjusting and is relatively easy to do by putting a thin, blunt instrument (like a
Phillips-head screwdriver) into the tube and manipulating it, as necessary, to provide
clearance. If the body still appears to be filling with water, empty the water out, lay
the piece on its side and run the pump. If the fountain fills with water in this position,
then the fountain has an internal leak and you should call us.
If after checking all of the above
possibilities the fountain still does not seem to work, it's possible that your pump is
not powerful enough.
Pump sizes are determined by the amount of
water discharged to a certain height. Pump capacity is affected by both the distance of
the pump from the fountain and the height of the discharge opening from the water level of
the pond or pool in which it's situated.
Since the ponds are made from natural,
crushed rock (mixed with a polyester resin), they will act and react as though they were
"real," however they are extremely lightweight and easy to set-up or move. They
require very little maintenance.
Every pond leaving is double-checked
for leakage. Occasionally, during shipping, a pond can be fractured, which may cause a
leak. We suggest that, prior to installation, you fill the pond with water and allow it to
sit for a few hours to be certain that there are no leaks. If your pond is discovered to
be leaking, please notify us immediately.
Your pond are extremely durable and require
very little care. However, there are a few things you can do to keep them looking clean
and your water fresh:
You should brush or sweep the pond edges and
wipe them off with a damp cloth. Occasionally, you will get scuff marks or scratches on
your pond. Just spray them with Armor All, let stand for a few minutes, and wipe off any a
excess. The area will turn back to it's original color.
Because of evaporation, you will be
"topping-off" your water from time to time, which helps to keep your water
fresh. However, as in any situation where you have standing water, there is the
possibility that algae will develop. Adding a capful of lemon-scented bleach or chlorine
to your water will protect your fountain from algae growth. This treatment will not
"harm" either the pond or any of our brass fountains. If you have not had any
water circulation by running fountains or waterfall, the water will probably develop algae
At this point it is best to drain your pond and let it dry. Afterward, scrub the
"affected" area with bleach and water using a stiff bristled brush. Allow it to
dry; then refill the pond.