Here’s one way not to clean a fountain. In case you don’t know, we have a small pond with a fountain pump as a water feature in our backyard. The pond tends to collect leaves, pine needles and pine cones that decompose into a nasty, black sludge that resembles cow manure in both appearance and smell. Ms. Bungalow has taken on the miserable task of cleaning it out twice a year.
We were a little late getting it done this spring (and by late, I mean early July). But we were preparing to entertain dinner guests and wanted to have a clean, odorless pond before serving dinner in the backyard. In the cleaning process, once Ms. Bungalow has removed all the sludge, in an attempt to stave off the stink and grime, she dumps bleach in the new water. This year, unbeknownst to her, I had purchased fancy liquid gel bleach. Apparently whatever it is that makes the bleach gelatenous also makes it foamy.
So, when we fired up the pump, here is the sight that greeted our dinner guests:
We’ve gone from “creature from the black lagoon” to Mr. Bubble. It may not be the look we are going for, but it is still an improvement. Memo to self: next time, plain old bleach will be fine.