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Water features are a wonderful and enjoyable accent for a home, office, or outdoor garden setting. Besides being aesthetically pleasing, they offer a serene touch and style.  The sound of water in motion is a soothing and peaceful, and unique to each fountain.  The addition of a fountain can serve practical purposes as well. For example a large outdoor fountain can mask the sound of traffic or neighborhood noise, creating a wonderful tranquil retreat. Fountains work in a very simple way. Water is held in a basin, in which a recirculating pump draws water from the basin into a tube or pipe, and pushes it from the fountains exit point. The water will fall into the basin, or make its way over the fountains features until it reaches the basin.

Before you choose or purchase a fountain, you should contact your local building permit agency to check about any restrictions for placing a fountain in your area. Sometimes there are laws or ordinances that require a fountain to be placed a certain distance from your home, or other restrictions.

The electrical side of installing a water fountain
Once your brand new fountain arrives, take your time to install it, please do not rush! Take your time to read the instructions, and so you properly install the fountains electrical connection, if you do not follow the instructions carefully it can lead to malfunction, damaging your fountain, or even causing electrocution to humans, pets, or other wildlife. Please take into consideration the following:

Indoor Fountains for your Home
The common variable among all indoor fountains is they contain water and are run through electricity. To make sure your fountain is safe, it need to be plugged into a Ground Fault Circuit Interrupt (GFCI) protected outlet. This type of outlet causes the pump to shut off and the electrical line from the wall to the fountain to de-energize should it short circuit. If your fountain is not plugged into this type of outlet, you or your family or pets could be exposed to electrocution if they touch the water after a short happens. Standard outlets can be turned into GFCU outlets through parts or a plug that converts it over. If you are not comfortable doing this yourself, contact an electrician.

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