|The pleasant sounds of water splashing is one fine |
way to introduce buyers to your home for sale.
The more expensive pumps are for larger fountains and in fountains where you want a “lift,” like an elevated cherub or turtle that spouts water. I wanted to keep things basic for this tutorial. No lift, no hose connections, no pricey statue.
|A bubbler tickles my little frog friend's belly. I surrounded the fountain with |
some colorful annuals to ground the arrangement and hide the electric cord.
- Place your fountain where the sounds will be noticed. If you have a front porch, that's a perfect place. If you have an inviting deck or balcony with a view, that's another opportunity. Of course, it will depend on where your exterior
electric source is. Do not run an extension cord.
- Locate your fountain where you will walk by it yourself regularly. If the water evaporates or splashes too much, the water level can get so low that the pump’s motor will burn out. You’ll also want to make sure that leaves and other debris don’t clog the small filter on the pump.
- If the container for your pump is deep, there is less chance it will run dry. The entire pump needs to be underwater. Make sure your vessel is watertight.
- Choose decorative items to hide the electric connection. Create a pleasing arrangement by adding details that echo a common theme or color scheme. Aim for a refreshing look by using plants and other natural elements.
- Don’t be afraid to tell a story or set the stage for what awaits visitors to your home. Your staged fountain should be a tease for what’s inside your staged home. A little whimsy or some local color can set the tone.
- Pay attention to the sound you create. The best sounds are created from water that splashes down onto a water surface, so arrange your pump to splash on water, not against the side of your vessel or onto rocks.
- Anchor the pump securely to it doesn't vibrate. Make sure the vessel is not vibrating or it will sound like the fountain is humming instead of bubbling. The pump will be noisy if it is out of water, too. You don’t want to hear that sound.
|Once you've created a setting for your tabletop fountain, your work is done.|
But be sure to check your fountain daily and change the water weekly.
Or, you can add a few drops of bleach to keep the water fresh.