Every Fountain is Different, the questions are all the same Here are some common questions we get asked.
Does Fountain People install the equipment?
No, Fountain People is a manufacturer but can typically recommend a contractor for the installation scope of work.
Why are fountains so expensive?
Each project is custom and utilizes commercial quality components of stainless steel, bronze, or brass that often involves machining. Each equipment package includes a UL listed control panel built per project specifications. If lighting is part of the project, this can greatly affect equipment and installation costs due to waterproofing and specialized lighting controls.
What are your standard lead times?
- The Installation/Submittal Drawing Package is 3-6 weeks from the time an order is received.
- Shipment of Embed items is approximately 2-3 weeks once written approval of the submittal drawing package is received. This includes the items that go in the concrete pour.
- Shipment for the Balance of Items is approximately 6-10 weeks once written approval of the submittal drawing package is received. This includes the equipment vault or pump assemblies, UL control panels, light fixtures, and custom fabrications.
The wind keeps blowing the water out of my basin. What Should I do?
As a general rule of thumb, the water effect height from your nozzles should never exceed the distance to the basin wall. Water can easily be blown from the nozzle effects beyond the basin in windy situations. In fountains that are subject to the wind or HVAC systems that move high volumes of air, wind control systems are highly recommended. These systems come with a wind speed sensor, also known as an anemometer, that is ideally located near the water feature to measure similar wind conditions. These sensors typically begin to measure wind speeds at a minimum of 1 MPH. These sensors are paired with a wind control panel that can override the pump flow and reduce the nozzle effect heights or shut down the fountain for a set duration of time based on specified wind increments. Wind level control systems help you save on water due to loss, chemical usage from water balancing, and can help keep bystanders from getting wet due to over-spray.
What are the pros and cons of aerated fountain nozzles versus solid stream fountain nozzles?
Aerated Fountain Nozzles:
- Visual Appeal: Aerated fountain nozzles, like a Foam Jet, create a visually stunning effect due to the incorporation of air into the water stream. The result is a frothy, bubbly water display that can be captivating and eye-catching.
- Height and Shape Variation: These nozzles allow for greater flexibility in creating various water patterns, heights, and shapes. By adjusting the air and water mixture, as with a Bubbler Nozzle, the fountain's design can be customized to suit different preferences and occasions.
- Wind Resistance: Aerated fountains are generally more resistant to wind interference. The incorporation of air bubbles adds stability to the water stream, reducing the impact of gusts and maintaining the desired shape and height of the fountain. A Cascade Nozzle makes a great example of maintaining the shape of the water effect in windy conditions.
- Water Loss: The addition of air bubbles to the water stream increases evaporation, leading to a higher water consumption compared to solid stream fountains. This factor may result in increased maintenance and operational costs.
- Water Quality: Aerated fountains are more prone to water contamination due to the increased exposure of water to the surrounding air. Airborne pollutants, such as dust and debris, can easily settle on the water surface, affecting its clarity and cleanliness. Regular water treatment and filtration are necessary to maintain water quality.
- Noise Generation: The introduction of air into the water stream can create noise, especially when the fountain reaches higher heights. This factor should be taken into account when considering the fountain's placement, particularly in noise-sensitive environments.
Solid Stream Fountain Nozzles:
- Water Conservation: Solid stream fountain nozzles, such as Precision Jets, consume less water compared to aerated nozzles. The absence of air bubbles reduces evaporation, resulting in lower water consumption and operational costs.
- Clear Water Surface: Without the incorporation of air, solid stream fountains maintain a clear water surface, which can enhance the reflection of surrounding lights and objects, creating a more mirror-like effect. Mushroom Jets and Fan Jets can help to achieve this visually.
- Minimal Noise: Solid stream fountains are generally quieter compared to aerated fountains, making them more suitable for environments where noise control is important. Nozzles like a Smooth Bore can help to achieve minimal noise in a fountain.
- Limited Design Options: Solid stream fountains offer fewer design options in terms of height and shape variation compared to aerated fountains. Achieving intricate water patterns or shapes may be more challenging with solid stream nozzles.
- Wind Sensitivity: Solid stream fountains are more susceptible to wind interference. Strong gusts can disrupt the water stream and alter the fountain's shape and height, potentially compromising the desired visual effect.
- Reduced Visual Appeal: The absence of air bubbles can make solid stream fountains appear less visually dynamic and captivating compared to aerated fountains. The frothy and bubbly effect of aerated fountains is often considered more visually appealing.
What is an interactive fountain?
An interactive fountain, also known as a splash pad or spraying fountain, is a type of water feature designed for public spaces such as parks, plazas, or urban areas. Unlike traditional fountains that display water in a static or controlled manner, interactive fountains engage people by allowing them to interact with the water.
Interactive fountains typically consist of a series of nozzles or jets embedded in the ground or within a shallow pool. These jets shoot water into the air in various patterns, heights, and directions, creating an engaging and dynamic water display. The water jets can be programmed to produce different effects, such as spraying in synchronized patterns, alternating heights, or pulsating streams. See our case study for a good example of an interactive fountain.
What makes interactive fountains unique is that they are designed for people to play in. They often have sensors or pressure pads that detect the presence or movement of individuals. As people approach or step on these sensors, the water jets respond accordingly, creating a fun and interactive experience. This could involve water spraying up from the ground, arching overhead, or forming tunnels and curtains of water. In many cases, these types of water features are programmed to operate during designated times off the day and/or night without the need to activate the feature.
Interactive fountains are especially popular among children, as they provide a fun way to cool off during hot weather and encourage physical activity and social interaction among visitors. However, people of all ages can appreciate the entertainment and refreshing nature of these water features. Some interactive fountains may also incorporate lights, music, and synchronized water movements to enhance the overall experience. They often serve as social gathering spots and places for relaxation and leisure.
Interactive fountains are typically designed with water conservation in mind. They often recirculate and filter the water, minimizing waste and allowing for sustainable operation. The fountains may have timers or motion sensors to control water flow during periods of low activity.
Overall, interactive fountains combine the aesthetic appeal of traditional fountains with the interactive and playful elements of water play, creating an engaging and enjoyable experience for people of all ages.
Still Have Questions?
If you have a question regarding maintenance, best practices, installation, or equipment questions, feel free to contact us. We are happy to help.
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