Installing a Concrete Fountain
Concrete Fountains can be divided into several distinct types based on the number, shape, and quantity of components.
There are two types of water receptacles: Shell and Bowl. With a shell, the fountain statue is placed at the back, over the cavity where the pump is located. With a bowl, the fountain statue is centrally located usually on a small “pump housing” pedestal. “Shell” fountains, since they have a “back” side, are ideal for corner and wall placement. “Bowl” fountains are visually effective from all sides, and so can be placed centrally in courtyard, patios, entryways, and so forth.
In all cases, the fountain pedestal must be set in a firm, level position. This is essential for overall stability, as well as for an even flow of water. In almost all cases, firm, level ground is all that is required. Optionally, a concrete patio block (stepping stone) may be used, or a permanent concrete pad poured. In any case, the fountain must be level and stable.
No plumbing lines are needed, of course, since The Cement Barn’s fountains use submersible, recirculating pumps. You will need a properly grounded 110V (A.C. only) GFCI protected receptacle near the fountain site. Talk to your local electrician so your outdoor line is safely installed according to local codes and regulations.
Finally, your fountain site should be accessible and rinsing your fountain is as easy as watering your flowers.
Below are a pic of a shell fountain, a bowl fountain, and a double-bowl fountain.