What can I use for a fountain basin?

Instead of using pond liner, buy a large plastic or glazed-ceramic plant container. Dig a hole large enough for the container or leave it above ground to use as a basin for your fountain. If the container has a drainage hole, seal it with silicone caulk before adding water.

Should a water fountain be in the sun or shade?

Shade your feature. Direct sunlight increases water evaporation, potentially causing problems with your pump and increasing the risk of algae. If you have a pond that is not located in a shady location, add shade plants around the edge to shade about 60 percent of the water surface.

How do you size a fountain basin?

1. How big is your fountain? Most fountains need a basin that’s 16-24″ larger than the fountain’s widest measurement. Our example fountain is 20″ in diameter, so 36″ is the smallest basin size you’d want to put this fountain on.

What is a grate for water?

The purpose of a drain grate is to protect the drain by allowing water to run into the drain riser pipe while preventing debris from clogging the drain.

What size pump do I need for a fountain?

The rule of thumb, depending on just how much water you want coming out of the fountain, is 100 GPH per one inch diameter of fountain outlet. Pump dimensions. Check to make sure that the pump will fit wherever you’re going to be putting it.

What size pump do I need for a 3 tier fountain?

Choose a pump that is at least one and one-half times the head height for optimal performance. For example, if your fountain is 30 inches tall, find a pump with a maximum lift of 45 inches or more.

What is a grate drain?

A trench drainage system is an elongated drainage system embedded in the ground and covered with a grate for draining. They’re designed to control excess surface water. Three common types you’ll often see are standard, heel proof, and decorative.

What is an atrium grate used for?

Description. Use to drain excess water and direct it to a more water safe area such as a curb or gutter. Atrium grates are ideal for planter beds, mulch areas, window wells, and areas prone to debris collection.