how to maintain fountains

HOW TO MAINTAIN FOUNTAINS:
Thank you for your purchase of a Giannini Garden Ornaments Fountain! In this care sheet you will find important information about
installing and maintaining your fountain. Giannini products are made with the upmost care and best materials possible. With proper
care and maintenance, your fountain will last for years and generations to come.
BASIC INFO:
~ Place fountains on a flat, solid base. Examples include: a concrete foundation, compacted gravel, or paver stones. Fountains
need to be on a level surface to operate correctly.
~ Fountains with a large one-piece pond basin, (48” diameter and up) the basin must be placed on a soft surface like sand or
gravel (not dirt). If a pond basin is to be installed on a hard surface like concrete or pavers, a 1”-2” layer of sand must be
applied over the surface. The sand will help with leveling by allowing the basin to settle and be completely supported, reducing
the risk of possible stress cracks due to uneven support. Sand can be grouted after installation to prevent and run-off.
~Fountains do not require a permanent water line as Giannini fountains come with recirculating pumps. Fountains can be
filled using a hose, bucket, etc. when needed.
~ You need to have electrical outlet in close range to the location of the fountain. Giannini pumps have a three prong plug and the cord
length is usually 12 ft long, so the outlet needs to be fairly close. Fountain pumps should only be plugged into a GFCI protected,
outdoor outlet.
~ Water level must be full to the rim AT ALL TIMES (not doing so will cause the concrete to shock and crack). Giannini is not
responsible for cracked items after delivery or pick up.
~During the winter months, protect your fountain from harsh or freezing weather by draining the fountain and covering it
with a weather proof tarp, or dismantle fountain and store indoors. This will protect your fountain from cracking and/or severe
damage. REMOVE WATER FROM FOUNTAIN DURING PROLONGED FREEZES. FREEZE DAMAGE WILL VOID YOUR
GIANNINI WARRANTY.
~ Never fill a bowl with water when it is hot to the touch (doing so will shock the concrete and crack). Fill the bowl in the early
morning or at night when it is cool out.
~ Keep the water pump clear of leaves and debris so that it does not get clogged
*Clean pump filter at least once a month, depending on the area the fountain is. In heavily wooded areas, the pump needs
to be checked and cleaned more often.
~ If the fountain develops algae or build up, drain the water from the fountain and scrub off with a brush or soft carwash sponge. Try
not to scrub too hard or vigorously. Doing so may cause the stain to come off. Rinse after algae is scrubbed off.
*To prevent algae build up, use an algae reducer solution, such as Fountec or CrystalClear-Sparkle, to reduce any build up.
Do not use Chlorine or any other pool chemicals! Chlorine and most pool chemicals will
damage the fountain and pump.
~Hard water should be filtered before filling your fountain; you can use a hose-attached prefilter, such as the PreFresh Spa &
Pool Water Fill Filter, available online or at a local swimming pool supply store. In areas with severe hard water, only distilled water
should be used to fill your fountains. Filtering the water will not remove all mineral content in hard water, lime scale and white residue
can still appear on your fountain, which should be removed immediately.
~Any white residue (white scale, lime scale, calcium buildup, or efflorescence) that builds up on the fountain should be removed
immediately. This buildup is normal and unavoidable in areas with a high mineral content (hard water) in the local water supply. The
best way to remove any white residue would be to gently scrub a mixture of Protec or (CrystalClear-SubLime) and water along the
surface of the fountain. A mixture of 3 parts white vinegar and 1 part water will also work and removing any white residue. Failure to
remove any white residue will stain and/or damage the fountain. Adding Protec or SubLime to the fountain’s water will help in
softening the hard water, regular use in accordance to the instructions is EXCESSIVE WEIGHT OR PRESSURE ON FOUNTAINS
AND/OR STATUARY MAY CAUSE THEM TO FALL. KEEP CHILDREN AND OTHERS FROM CLIMBING, SITTING OR
LEANING ON YOUR FOUNTAIN AND/OR STATUARY ITEMS. ALL GIANNINI WALL FOUNTAINS HAVE AN
ATTACHMENT POINT BEHIND THE TOP HALF OF THE WALL FOUNTAIN. ALL WALL FOUNTAIN TOPS MUST BE
SECURED TO WALL, FENCE, etc. FOR STABILITY. SIGNATURE MEANS FULL UNDERSTANDING AND RELEASE OF
LIABILITY FOR GIANNINI GARDEN ORNAMENTS:recommended. Giannini Garden Ornament’s warranty does not cover
damage due to white scale, lime scale, calcium buildup, efflorescence, or freeze damage. Please thoroughly review this care
sheet for more information.
~ Most fountains have no interlocking component parts. The component parts are held together by gravity only. Gluing or cementing
the component parts together is not recommended. The parts may need to be dismantled to replace the pump, hardware, or to move the
fountain to another location.
CAUTION:
~ EXCESSIVE WEIGHT OR PRESSURE ON FOUNTAINS AND/OR STATUARY MAY CAUSE THEM TO FALL. KEEP
CHILDREN AND OTHERS FROM CLIMBING, SITTING OR LEANING ON YOUR FOUNTAIN AND/OR STATUARY ITEMS.
ALL GIANNINI WALL FOUNTAINS HAVE AN ATTACHMENT POINT BEHIND THE TOP HALF OF THE WALL
FOUNTAIN. ALL WALL FOUNTAIN TOPS MUST BE SECURED TO WALL, FENCE, etc. FOR STABILITY.
Wall, Fence, or Post
Step 5
Steel Securing Bar
Steel Bar (on back of
ftn) used for securing
fountain to wall, fence,
or post. Steel wire
recommended for
securing
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Slide power
cord through
rubber
stopper and
secure
rubber
Step 3
stopper in
the 2” PVC
coupling.
Check for
tight fit to
avoid leaks.
Step 4
Clear Vinyl
Tubing.
Secure to
copper
connection
G-280 Pump w/
water-flow
adjustment knob.
Eye Bolt
Clear Vinyl
Tubing
110V 3 prong power cord. Plug
into 110v GFCI outdoor outlet.
Turn blue knob to adjust water
flow.
Step 2
3 prong
power cord
Step 1
Hard Surface such as a
concrete pad, compacted
pea gravel, paver stones, or
bricks
CAUTION:
~ Excessive weight or pressure on the fountain may cause it to fall. KEEP CHILDREN AND OTHERS FROM CLIMBING,
SITTING OR LEANING ON THE FOUNTAIN AND ITS COMPONENTS.
See Back for Fountain Care
Instructions
Small TurnBuckle
PVC
Threaded
Elbow
(back of
fountain)
Side View
Installation Instructions:
1. Read the “How to Maintain Fountains” instruction sheet
included with your shipment. (On reverse side)
2. Place base of fountain on a hard or solid surface, such as a
conrete pad, pavers stones, bricks, or compacted pea gravel.
G-280 Pump
Make sure base is level with the ground. If not level, place a shim
under to level
3. Place basin on top of base and center.
4. Place pump in left compartment towards rear of basin. Drape
pump cord over basin and run along back of base so it is not
visible.
5. Connected clear vinyl tubing to nozzle on pump and secure.
Temporarily drape tubing over back of bowl.
6. With two or more people, lift top component of fountain and
place on top of basin as shown. To ensure that there is no
damage, place burlap (used for packaging) around edges of
basin.
Hard Surface. 7. Cut tubing to length and attach to PVC elbow on back of ftn.
(See Step 2) 8. Secure top of fountain to a wall, post, or fence using supplied
turn-buckle and eyebolt. Turn buckle should attach to the steel
bar towards the top and back of fountain.
9. Fill basin full of water and plug in pump. Adjust water flow
using blue dial on front of the pump.
10. Enjoy your new Giannini fountain!
11. E-mail a picture of your installed fountain to
info@gianninigarden.com for a 10% off coupon on a future
purchase.
Connect clear tubing to hole inside
top fineal. Tubing should extend
only 2-4 inches inside fineal.
Clear Vinyl
Tubing
Cut 5” piece of PVC
tubing and place in hole
uder ball. Tubing should
go inside hole on top of
column
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Giannini adjustable
pump. Turn blue nob to
reach desired water flow.
Clear Vinyl
Tubing
Giannini adjustable
pump. Turn blue nob to
reach desired water flow.
110V 3 prong
power cord. Plug
into 110v GFCI
outdoor outlet.
Connect clear tubing to hole inside
column. Tubing should extend only
2-4 inches inside column.
Slide power cord through rubber
stopper and secure rubber stopper in
the 2” PVC coupling. Check for tight fit
to avoid leaks.
Hard Surface such as a
concrete pad, compacted
pea gravel, paver stones, or
bricks. If surface is not
exactly level, wood or
plastic shims may be used
to level founain.
CAUTION:
~ Excessive weight or pressure on the fountain may cause it to fall. KEEP CHILDREN AND OTHERS FROM CLIMBING,
SITTING OR LEANING ON THE FOUNTAIN AND ITS COMPONENTS.
110V 3 prong
power cord. Plug
into 110v GFCI
outdoor outlet.
Place large bowl on
large pedestal. With
someone’s help, tilt
both the pedestal and
bowl together (very
slightly) to pull out
pump cord from
bottom of pedestal
Slide power cord through rubber
stopper and secure rubber stopper in
the 2” PVC coupling. Check for tight fit
to avoid leaks.
Hard Surface such as a
concrete pad, compacted
pea gravel, paver stones, or
bricks. If surface is not
exactly level, wood or
plastic shims may be used
to level founain.
CAUTION:
~ Excessive weight or pressure on the fountain may cause it to fall. KEEP CHILDREN AND OTHERS FROM CLIMBING,
SITTING OR LEANING ON THE FOUNTAIN AND ITS COMPONENTS.
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