Adding a Spray Ring and Other Features to Your Water Fountain | Estate Fountains

Adding a Spray Ring and Other Features to Your Water Fountain

April 13, 2012

In their own right, a fountain is an impressive feature for any landscape. However, going the extra mile with additional enhancements like multiple water features, spray rings, lighting, and timers can really make your water fountain an awe-inspiring sight to behold. If you have the budget and the idea we can make it happen! While such enhancements are not necessarily a regular part of our fountain designs and installations. We are glad to help you source and install such features.

Fountain Spray Rings

First, let’s talk about one of the mainstay features that Carved Stone Creations can add to a fountain; fountain spray rings. While the spray of water from a fountain finial and the cascading water falling from tier to tier on a fountain is certainly interesting and soothing to watch. It doesn’t have nearly the visual effect that a spray ring can add to a fountain. A spray ring literally encircles a garden fountain with a halo of spraying water. The arching curves of the spray really draw your eye path into the fountain as a whole and the effect of the water catching the light is a spectacular sight to behold. A spray ring really does add a whole new dimension to your fountain.


Copper Spray Rings

We design our spray rings from a copper tube which will have a much longer life then PVC tubing which could potentially explode if water freezes within it or warp under high heat.  (PVC tubing also gets brittle with UV damage over time, so typically won’t last much longer then 5 – 10 years outside.)  Our copper spray rings are bent from copper tubing and soldered together for a watertight fit. Spray nozzles are soldered to the ring directly and the ring sits atop tubing feet. You can adjust spray nozzles according to your wish because we use adjustable brass nozzles. We can vary the number of nozzles on the right to include as few or as many as you desire. Besides installing a spray ring in the fountain pool we can also install smaller spray rings in the smaller upper tiers of a water fountain. The smaller ring in the upper tier of the fountain pictured below draws additional attention to the beautiful angel statue without obscuring it or overpowering it visually by using fewer streams of water from the spray ring.

How to Install Fountain Spray Ring?

Lets take a look at the hardware necessary for installing a fountain spray ring. In the picture below you can see the copper spray ring, water pumps, and water fountain lights.

For maintaining accurate water pressure in spray rings you can use two water pumps. A dump valve allows you to control the pressure going to the ring, while a water line also feeds the fountain itself.

The Underwater Disconnect Coupling allows the power to the pump to be disconnected without the need for a junction box. Unplug your pumps, and stow them away for the winter.

An underwater junction box feeds power to all of the lightings. Just like the underwater disconnect plug, you can easily fish the junction box out and disconnect the lights if desired.

Most spray rings will require two pumps (or more depending on the size). Pump size depends on the height of stream and number of spray nozzles.

This may look a bit cluttered right now, but keep in mind that nearly all of this will be submerged once the fountain is filled and out of sight. Here’s the same fountain in action:

The added lighting really makes it stand out at night as each stream from the spray ring is illuminated

While we typically stick to standard installations and simpler features like spray rings and lighting, we can work with you to really make your fountain stand out with other added water or lighting features and maintenance controls if your budget allows.

 Check out this following interesting “outwards facing” copper spray ring. (With a ring like this, the cost of the copper spray ring is less, as there is less copper tube and nozzles used.  But, you need a much larger granite pool surround to catch those outwards facing splashes, otherwise the water will bounce right out of your pool, and drench the area outside the pool (possibly killing your nearby foliage), cause major water loss, and possible slip/fall issues.)

Advance Fountain Features

In the realm of improved fountain maintenance. some advanced control features will go along way towards cutting down your fountain maintenance and extending the life of your fountain hardware.

You can maintain water level with efficient water sensor and avoid from starvation. This is an advanced sensor system . We can also add spitting animal fountains like these fish to your fountain pool.

Wind Speed Sensor

Another helpful maintenance feature is a wind speed sensor. When wind speed picks up even a strong highly pressurized spray stream of water is bound to break up and scatter in the wind. Suddenly the spray from stone fountain finial or carefully aimed spitters could be missing the pool entirely and soaking the grass, passing pedestrians on walkways, or even passing vehicles that are in the wind’s path! This may not be a high concern for a typical residential fountain.  Commercial or park settings with frequent foot and vehicle traffic can be a problem. A fountain wind sensor can monitor wind speed and shut the fountain pump off once the wind speed exceeds a certain threshold.

Water Pump Timer

You can also add pump timers and on/off controls to your fountain. You can hard wire a switch to your home, add a wireless remote control. If the fountain is in close proximity or sets up timers to run your fountain during certain hours.

You can attach pump timer with a fountain in different ways.  We can help you design a fountain that truly sets itself apart through the addition of the features we mentioned.

Fountain Installation 

Looking for someone who can install a spray ring and other fountain accessories for you? Carved Stone Creations is located in Kaukauna.  We are a reasonable drive away from many Midwest metro areas including Milwaukee, Madison, Chicago, Indianapolis, Fort Wayne, Minneapolis, St. Paul, Grand Rapids, Ann Arbor, Traverse City, Davenport, Des Moines, St. Louis, Kansas City, Cincinnati, Columbus, etc. Visit our showroom to see first hand what we can design for you. Our convenient centralized location also means we can bring all of the tools and heavy equipment required.

We understand the effect our harsh Midwest winters can have on exterior stone fountains. We design and install architectural stonework like fountains, statues, exterior stone veneer, etc with those factors in mind. We’ll make sure the stone work we install for you stands up to the weather and the test of time!

Outside of the Midwest? Just contact us,We can install there too. We have done work from New York to Florida to California as well.