View Full Version : fountains..ARGH..

05-15-2006, 04:28 PM
In less than a week a 1000 gallon fountain has been soaped twice, and dyed once....When will the kids get original....so 6 man hours of time wasted to drain, rinse and refill....Commencement in 4 days....then they'll be gone for a few months....

05-16-2006, 08:58 AM
We have an 86,000 gallon fountain, reflecting pond and waterfall that gets it every now and then. The first time they soaped the reflecting pond...didn't do suds up because there isn't enough water going through it and was easy to clean up. The soap just sank to the bottom. They finally figured out they had to throw the soap in the water fall or pyramid fountain to get suds.

When this happens to us we add a defoamer to the water and this makes the suds disappear. If there is any soap on the bottom of the fountain we vacuum it out.

05-16-2006, 11:20 AM
There is a small two level trough by the overflow to the pump, adn there is a greanit slab with vent holes so thew water can flow and the student will take a gallon bottle of tide and lay iton its side. so the soap will sink below the granite and thuse make removal a btch...so draining and rinsing is the easiest.

I do have a about a 200 gallon pit which houses extra water, float valve, and drain


ont he front, side facing the chapel, there is a three level waterfall I have had suds 1/3 of the way to the chapel before.....

05-16-2006, 11:25 AM
That's a pretty fountain and setting. We haven't been hit by liquid soap yet....guess they aren't smart enough :hammerhead: and I hope it stays that way.

05-16-2006, 02:47 PM
the top peice is an oval parabolla and it consist of 8 peices of granite....Its pretty massive.....

Start to finish is a couple hours to drain, rinse, repeat, fill.

I figure until commencment passes, I'll have to go through this procedure a least a couple more times...

heres a link to other photos of the campus....

05-16-2006, 03:02 PM
What a beautiful place to work!

Here are some pics of one of our fountains. It's the 86,000 gallon one. It looks like 3 different water features but they are all tied together. These were taken about 11 years ago right after construction. We just had this fountain re-coated. It took about 6 months for the contractor to complete the project. Had alot of problems with water leaking into the lower waterfall basin. My crew had to dig holes in each of the planters on either side of the waterfall...about 8 feet deep by about 3 feet wide so that we could pump water out of them. Had everyone including Montgomery Water Works trying to figure out where the water was coming from. One day it just stopped.

View from the RSA Tower (bottom of pool is now black):


Reflecting pond and Pyramid fountain:

05-16-2006, 03:11 PM
very nice pic of the fountain....I wish I could keep the kids from cutting corners on my turf. It looks like you don't have that problem.

That fountain woud lbe a swimming pool in the summer time....not to mention allthe leaves in the fall

05-16-2006, 04:51 PM
Yeah we are lucky most people stay on the walk. Alot of people use the oval walk around the turf as an excercise track. Surprisingly there isn't that much swimming but we have guards that keep an eye out. Leaves are a pain. If we are not careful they will clog the strainers which causes the fountain to overflow.

05-16-2006, 04:55 PM
Above are fountain are a bunch of cherry trees, and the blossoms are a pita more than the leaves...

12-01-2006, 09:58 AM
Ours is overflowing today. Leaves are clogging the strainers which makes it think it is low on water. So it starts filling and filling and filling. Oh such fun

Az Gardener
12-01-2006, 10:13 AM
Thank you for reminding me how easy my life is.

12-01-2006, 10:42 AM
Your quite welcome.

12-01-2006, 11:14 AM
I drained all of our fountaines last week when I blwe out the irrigiation system

peacefull bliss until spring time then I fish the cherry blossoms out...