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There are many different types of fountains. Yes, I know, it surprised us when we discovered this, too. Sometimes you need a breakdown of all the options you have for your particular project. Here’s what we’ve got for you:

Basalt:

This is a triple basalt retained within a wall that surrounds the entire water feature. Most of the time, basalts stand independently inside of a gravel pit with a reservoir sunk into the ground. What you should know is that basalt reservoirs can be built above or under ground depending on the space we’re working with and what you’re looking for in your design!

Bubbling urn:

Bubbling urns and basalt rocks work in similar ways. A bubbling urn often attracts people because of the ability to put a light around the spout to create a glow in the stream of water.

Fountainscapes are often designed for those who don’t have space for an entire pond but still want the benefits of a water feature that is both calming in the sight and sound effects.

How do we install fountains?

Typically, fountains are set above a reservoir or basin, above or under ground that constantly re-circulates the water for the fountain. The urn fills with water, and that water spills out and over into the basin. A pump is submersed that directs the water through the system.

Fountains also have the ability to maintain beautiful aquatic plants. Many times plants can sit under the fountain splash to keep the plants hydrated while still covering the pots with the rock and gravel that sits over the basin for the fountain. We just have to ensure that we choose the right type of plant, as fast growing plants can overtake water features.

What do you do with your fountain in the winter?
Most fountains in the winter can be treated like a pondless waterfall. It’s as simple as unplugging the fountain once the temperature drops, unless using a ceramic piece for the fountain, in which case the entire system would be drained as frozen water can expand and crack the foundations of the urn.