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Disappearing Water Feature with Basalt ColumnsNow you see it, now you don't.  Disappearing water features are in great demand due to their bare minimum maintenance, low energy consumption, and ease of install.  Disappearing water features, sometimes called rock bubblers, columnar fountains, or pondless water features tend to stay cleaner because there is no pool of water to catch debris because the water flows underground.

The secret to disappearing fountains is a reservoir tank that is situated underground - directly below the fountain.  This reservoir also houses the pump, an optional auto fill valve, and an optional cinder block to distribute the weight of the water feature.  The reservoir is then covered with a heavy grate and finished off with a fine grate to prevent smaller rocks from entering the reservoir.  The grates are generally covered with a layer of rocks or other decorative stone to disguise the reservoir.  Water is pumped from the reservoir to the fountain through flexible tubing.Disappearing water feature with pot

Location is essential:  Place the fountain in your existing landscape or bring it close, next to your patio or deck.  Decorating your new water feature is fun too!  You can accent it with natural stone, a contemporary water feature, or bring drama using elements that compliment your existing landscape design.  This type of water feature is especially stunning when placed next to your front door welcoming visitors with the soothing sound of water.

Disappearing water features can be made of virtually anything that's outfitted with a fountain head.  You can use a large attractive stone drilled to accommodate tubing or pipe to make a striking fountain.  Other options include a decorative pot, urn, statue, or a sculpture - the possibilities are endless.

Tip!  A bigger reservoir is better, but expensive.  Anything larger than 2' x 2' ships freight, so please call us for a quote if you are going for a larger feature.  You may need a larger reservoir if you don't use an automatic fill valve, if your fountain is over 4' tall, or if your flow is going to be big and splashy.


Here's a step by step install with pictures submitted by one of our happy customers from Santa Barbara, Ca., with a note from the customer to us:

"Hi Carl. Here are the photos and text I promised you. As you can see, the project turned out better than I expected. Total cost for everything including the pottery came in around $600.00. A similar fountain in a Laguna Beach nursery w/o the ball was about $1800.00. So quite a savings for a do it your self person.  Blessings and thanks again for your advice and service."

~Gary S.

 Reservoir 1
First photo of desired location
 Reservoir 2
Drilled 1" diameter hole in top of globe
with diamond hole saw.
 Reservior
Fabricated plexiglass cover plate
to closeout globe opening

 reservoir step 4
Globe vase opening
 reservoir step 5
2 Part Marine epoxy to glue plexiglass
closeout to vase.

 reservoir step 6
Loctite PL Polyurethane Roof & Flash
Sealant for tube fittings.

 reservoir step 7
1/2”, 5/8” or 3/4” Braided Vinyl Tubing
w/PVC Fittings

 reservoir step 8
Hudson Automatic Fill valve
 reservoir step 9
Fitting through bottom of Large vase
 reservoir step 10
Inside view of tubing and fittings
 reservoir step 11
Dig hole and level Reservoir
 reservoir step 12
Be careful of underground pipes and
water lines!

 reservoir step 15
Place cement block in bottom for
support of top grate with full weight of
water and vase.

 reservoir step 17
On the level
 reservoir step 18
Assemble pump, fill valve and grate
ready to install fountain vase

 reservoir step 19
Fountain in place
 reservoir step 23
Water line connected.  Don't forget
to install a ball valve to stop flow.
 reservoir last step
Decorative rocks in place, with the
fountain running, it looks great!

This was a project we helped the customer from planning to finish, and we don't stop there.  We have helped answer a few questions after the completion, and that's what you get with us.  Service, knowledge, and tireless help.

Do you have an idea on a project?  Call us and give us a chance - you'll be pleasantly surprised.






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