| Your fountain system has been designed to be as maintenance-free as possible, but required maintenance must be done diligently.
- Regular maintenance will consist, as necessary, of:
Special maintenance will involve cleaning the level control probes every six months or so, replacing burned-out lamps in the fountain lights (and the control panel pilot lights) as necessary, replacing bromine tablets and performing water treatment/chemical tests, and adjustments as necessary, and cleaning the pool, bowl and other equipment as necessary.
- Cleaning/replacing the filter element
- Visually checking the level control sensor in the pool for (and removing) any potential blockage of the air/water entry holes in the 2" diameter copper cylinder that the round sensor covers fits over
- Cleaning the pump’s suction strainer basket
- Cleaning the skimmer’s baskets
- Servicing the brominator equipment
Basket cleaning, and filter pressure check, should be done every day until a schedule for your particular conditions can be determined.
Suggested Maintenance Frequency
- The pump’s pressure gauge can be used as an indicator of a “dirty” strainer basket. Note the reading when the basket is clean (and all flows are at their “normal” settings), then monitor it frequently. Any change from this reading indicates there may be a suction restriction developing, and a dirty basket is the probable cause.
- Before servicing the filter element, turn off the pump and close the 1" filter throttling ball valve. Be careful not to damage or lose the filter cover’s gasket.
- The skimmer basket can be removed through the front of the skimmer while the pump is running, but it is recommended to turn it off before doing so. This reduces the chance of drawing in debris or excess air which could obstruct or damage the pumping system. Always carefully swing the floating weir down out of the way before attempting to remove the basket.
- The sensor probes can be cleaning without draining any water from the fountain. They are accessed by removing the 2" diameter copper cover from the face of the sensor box (there is a screw on the bottom side of the cover used to help hold it in place; loosen it and gently pry the cover from the cylinder it fits over). Cleaning involves only wiping away any film which has built up on the nylon discs which surround the two stainless steel probes. (this film stays wet and can create a current-carrying path from the probe to the brass of the face plate around the discs; this path should normally be created only by the water.)
- When replacing lamps, always turn off the lights’ power (at the appropriate circuit breakers), and keep the fixture interiors absolutely dry. After changing lamps, reassemble the fixtures carefully so as to avoid leaks.
- If it becomes necessary to do more extensive cleaning of the pool floors and walls, it will be necessary to drain the pool and scrub the surfaces. Clean water and a good brush should suffice in most instances; however, if a cleaning agent must be used, be sure to keep it out of the suction and discharge pipes, DO NOT use an abrasive cleaning agent on any glass, fiberglass, or polished metal surface.
- For input on possible chemical testing/adjustment, see the enclosed brominator literature, and the “Fountain Water Treatment” section of this manual.
- Keep the interior of the pump station clean and clear of debris, paying particular attention to any debris around the sump pump which could clog it’s inlet (at the bottom of the pump) or interfere with the operation of the float switch.
- After the fourth week of operation, and once a month thereafter, inspect and tighten as necessary all wiring terminal screws in the control panel.
- For maximum life of your pump station equipment, all metal surfaces susceptible to corrosion must be kept sealed with paint. Inspect all metal surfaces periodically and repaint any surfaces that may have been chipped or scratched.
Daily (until experience indicates less frequency):
- Visual inspection of all equipment and operations
- Pump and skimmer strainer baskets
- Filter pressure checked (and element cleaned, as necessary)
- Check sump pump for blockage and operation of float switch
- Check sensor air/water entry holes
- All above as necessary
- Electrical connections in control panel
- Film removal from level control sensor probes and light lenses
- General pool and equipment cleaning
- Lamp replacement
- Brominator tablets replacement
- Adjust time setting of time clock for daylight savings changes