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TropicsNorth water features brochure
 
· What are the benefits of having water features and plantings?
· How are the water features designed to work?
· How do I keep my water feature clean?
· What type of water should I use?
· How much water will it use?
· What if I don’t have a water supply line or drain?
· What type of electrical services is required?
· How much do they cost?
· Do you offer a warranty?
 

Q. What are the benefits of having water features and plantings?
Water features help to stimulate the Visual, Kinesthetic and Auditory senses. Adding a water feature to any space will introduce the visually pleasing effect of the natural element of moving water.

Moving water generates negative ions. These negative ions will circulate throughout the room and collect pollutants from the air, cleansing the room and providing a refreshing environment.

The sounds of the trickling water also help to provide a relaxing and soothing environment, relieving the effects of stress and increasing productivity.

Studies by scientists at NASA have proven that tropical plantings cleanse toxins from the air of interior environments. More specifically, many toxins are used in the manufacturing process of products such as carpeting, drapes, paints, stains, furniture and other interior finishes. These products will off- gas chemicals such as benzene, formaldehyde and trichloroethylene to name just a few into the interior space for extended periods. This is one of the causes of “sick building syndrome”. The natural growth process of plants will help to eliminate these toxins from the air.

Q. How are the water features designed to work?
The water features we design are self-contained units. Water is drawn by a pump from the base pool and is then distributed to the top of the feature. The water flows back to the base pool and continues to re-circulate.

Q. How do I keep my water feature clean?
Your waterfall will require periodic cleaning of the pool basin and feature face. The frequency will depend on the quality of the water used and the size of the feature. Generally speaking, the more pure the water, the less frequent the cleaning.

We also can provide comprehensive filtration systems for larger units.

Q. What type of water should I use?
TropicsNorth recommends the use of distilled, filtered, bottled or Reverse Osmosis water supply. If regular tap water is used, calcium and other minerals will collect and solidify over time and leave deposits on the water feature and in the mechanical equipment. More frequent cleaning will be required and the life of the pumps may be shortened.

Q. How much water will it use?
Each feature will vary based on size and location. We can provide automated systems designed with an auto-fill and overflow assembly. This will ensure automated filling and draining as necessary.

Q. What if I don’t have a water supply line or drain?
Once the main reservoir is filled up, you will need to add water as it evaporates periodically. Filling with small amounts every few days is recommended over filling once every week or so. There is a risk of damage from overheating if the pump or underwater lights are not constantly submersed at all times.

Q. What type of electrical services is required?
Standard voltage service is all that is required. The feature is plugged in, filled up and turned on. It is highly recommended plugging the feature into a standard GFCI outlet (ground fault circuit interrupted).

Q. How much do they cost?
Our ready-to-install lines are a standard price. All custom designed products will be individually priced based on the size and complexity of the design and installation.

Q. Do you offer a warranty?
We offer a one-year warranty on all water features and up to 3 years on pump equipment.