Fountain Repair: Should You Do it Yourself or Call the Experts?
Is your fountain broken? When a large item or installation breaks, you’re faced with a choice as a property owner — should you purchase replacement parts and repair it yourself, or should you call in the experts?
Just like any other large installation or piece of equipment, fountains can break in a wide range of different ways. Sometimes, the equipment that helps your fountain operate breaks. In other situations, the structure of the fountain itself can suffer damage that needs to be repaired.
Because of this, it’s something okay to repair your fountain yourself, whereas in other situations it’s best to call the experts in Orange County fountain repair service. Below, we’ve listed a variety of common situations that you could find yourself in as a fountain owner, as well as our advice about how to proceed in each one.
If your fountain isn’t pumping water properly…
If your fountain suddenly stops being able to pump water, there’s likely an issue with the water pump. This is obviously a major problem, because without adequate water pressure, the vast majority of fountains won’t operate at all.
Water pumps can break down or malfunction in a variety of ways. Sometimes, the filter inside your water pump can become clogged, resulting in a reduction in water pressure or a complete shutdown of the pump.
Other times, electrical problems can cause the pump to stop working as it should. In this case, the action required is much more than just replacing a filter — your water pump might require a significant repair in order to start working again.
If your water pump stops working (or you’re not sure of the problem, but suspect the pump has some kind of damage), we recommend calling our technicians to learn more about the problem and possible solutions.
If your fountain is chipped, scratched or damaged…
Fountains made from stone can become chipped and worn down over time, often from things like hailstones and impacts with vehicles, tools and other items. Some fountains can also just develop chips and material damage over time as a result of running water and rain.
If you have experience with basic home maintenance, you might be able to repair chips and scratches in your water fountain on your own. Usually, all that’s required is a combination of mortar and cement, depending on how your fountain is designed.
If you feel confident you can repair chips or scratches yourself, there’s little risk in trying your hand at repairing your fountain. However, if you’ve never used mortar and concrete before, it’s definitely a better idea to call in an experienced technician to handle the water fountain repair.
If your fountain is broken and leaking into the surrounding area…
Leaking fountains can be a serious problem, especially if the fountain is located close to your home or another structure. Without leaks, fountains will empty excess water into the drain; if a leak occurs, it’s almost impossible to control where the water will end up.
Just like chips and scratches, leaks are repairable, even for non-experts. If you’ve used silicone sealants to seal a bathtub or bathroom vanity unit before, there’s a good chance you’ll be able to repair the leak in your fountain.
However, it’s worth pointing out that you should only ever consider repairing a leaky fountain on your own if your fountain is made of fibreglass or stone. If you don’t have any experience, or you aren’t sure what your fountain is made of, you should always call in a fountain repair technician.
Does your fountain need repairs?
At OC Pond and Fountain Care, we specialize in installing, repairing and maintaining ponds and fountains. Our experienced team provides fountain maintenance and repair services to a range of clients throughout Orange County, from private residences to small and large businesses.
Does your fountain need repairs? If your fountain is damaged and you don’t feel confident that you can repair it on your own, our experienced team can take care of the problem for you. Call us now on 949-653-2305 or contact us online to talk to our team and learn more.