Elements of a Beehive water feature
Recently we installed a terracotta greek urn water feature (also known as a Beehive shape or Koronias) for our client as a focal point for their circular patio area. Before the water feature arrived we prepared a hole in the ground with a firm level base consisting of compacted hardcore and an inch of sharp sand. The manufacturers advise setting the top height of the water feature reservoir 4 inches above ground level to prevent dirty run off water collecting in the reservoir, increasing maintenance and blocking up the pump.
Ensure the base is level
Once the reservoir is settled into the hole, place the grid over the top of it and use a spirit level to check that everything is level before proceeding further.
Plumbing in the water feature
Now it is time to place the water feature carefully on the centre of the grid. Once it is in position you need to attach the copper pipe at the base of the feature to the pipework leading to the pump. This step may vary with other water features but the principle will be similar. Once that is done, fill the water reservoir up with water and turn the pump on briefly to check that it works and that water comes out the top of the pipe. The pump will have to be wired into the mains system by a qualified electrician. A simple switch turns it on and off. Remember that the pump always needs to be submerged in water as sucking in air only will cause it to overheat and will damage the pump.
Check pump and fill with water
Once you are happy with the position of the water feature and that everything is working as it should – you can then fill the pot up to the top of the copper pipe within the pot and top up the reservoir if required.
Cover grid with cobbles
The final stage is to cover the grid with your choice of aggregate – cobbles are a popular choice that complements most water features.
Once the last cobble has been put into place you can sit back and admire your handiwork and listen to the soothing sound of running water – preferably with a glass of wine in hand!
- Remember during the summer months to check that the water level in the reservoir stays topped up to prevent damage to the pump.
- With this particular water feature it requires draining and storing inside over winter but not all water features are like this.
- You can adjust the height of the small fountain by using the dial found on the side of most pumps to change the flow rate.
- If your pot starts to turn a bit green, a gentle wash with diluted washing up liquid will restore it to its original state.