The dinner you are serving is delicious and the camaraderie level is high as your guests dine and chat. Adding greatly to the successful and jovial atmosphere is the fountain in the center of the table which is softly making water shapes as a background for all the enjoyment. Wonderful and exciting.
When you decide to have a table top fountain, be sure you also decide to make it a dry table top fountain. This means that you will prepare the fountain and it’s location so that your table will not be damaged by water from the fountain. Most of the damage caused by these types of fountains comes from spray or spills. The fountain will perform it’s magic beautifully but sometimes a little erratically as it charms the viewers.
The base on which the fountain sits is critical and it’s simple to make it a dry space. Go to a good hardware store and purchase a piece of Plexiglas. Be sure the piece of Plexiglas is a good deal larger that just the base of the fountain. There are various thicknesses but usually a ¼ inch piece will do just fine. It has the advantage of being clear and this makes it almost invisible. However you may have a favorite piece of decorated tile or some other fairly large, flat, smooth item that will serve as a base.
Just be sure that this “cover” for a portion of your table is large enough to catch errant drips and small drops while being a very stable place to sit the fountain. Some innovative “fountaineers” have even put their fountain on a rotating base. This is fairly complicated and I’d suggest that a rotating fountain be a second version after you are satisfied with a static one and feel good about the whole process.
Most table damage comes from either a spill or from a splash as the fountain bubbles along. The splashing can be reduced a great deal by lowering the rate of water flow. If your fountain doesn’t have a flow regulator, then try rearranging some of the items inside the fountain. Of course, you can add some decorative pieces to the fountain and place them in such a way to reduce the rate of water flow. A few experiments will show you what you need to do for accomplishing a lower flow rate.
Another cause of damage due to splashes is a low water level in the fountain. Attractive splash guards are common and quite a few are ingenious, so let your creative self help you find one. d It seems that the if the water has a long way to go to get to the bottom, it splashes more. The fountain water is evaporating all the time, especially during the winter when humidity is very low. Just like caring for some plants, take care of the water level in your fountain.
One final note. Be sure your fountain pump stays submerged. If it is not submerged, severe damage and/or failure will occur pretty quickly.
Take these simple precautions and enjoy the atmosphere created by a table top fountain.