Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Outdoor Water Walls: Providing Calmness and Serenity

The sound of falling water is quite a relaxing sound; a welcome change from the usual
hubbub of the city. The mere sight of a waterfall or fountain, its waters flowing from one point to another, provides a calming effect, hence the reason why water features like these are quite popular in many places, from offices to residences. In this issue, VOICE OF ASIA shows you the benefits of outdoor water walls, and how this type of water feature provides a fresh, revitalising look for any garden.

Water Walls Explained

Unlike traditional fountains, which usually take up a lot of space and require complicated plumbing, water walls provide the same soothing aesthetics with a more minimalistic design. Water walls consist of a reservoir and a water-proof pumping system, located at the base of the wall. The pump siphons the water from the reservoir and transfers it to the “head” of the water wall, where the water leaves the pump. The water then flows along the surface of the wall and is re-collected in the reservoir, and the cycle begins anew.

Installation and construction costs may vary, depending on the type of surface used for the wall, as well as the size of the wall itself. The most common wall surfaces used for water walls are tempered glass and stone, but other surfaces, such as copper, can also be used. You can also buy a ready-made water wall or build your own; the Internet provides quite a number of useful guides for those who prefer the latter.

The glass tiles that make up this water wall are complemented by the stones in the water, and the tapering water flow provides a calming effect as it flows from the water well’s head to the stones below.

Quieting the Noise

Whether they are installed indoors or outdoors, water walls provide some useful benefits. The greatest benefit is noise mitigation. The sound of water running down a water wall helps to mask most noises, whether it’s traffic noise or the next-door neighbour’s gossip. Outside water walls also humidify the air, providing welcome relief when the climate is dry, which is both good for your skin and your breathing.

By pairing them with a few well-placed plants, outdoor water walls can also become a relaxing centrepiece of attention in any garden. You can illuminate such walls with any choice of lighting, from floodlights to colour-changing LEDs, which will make them truly stand out during the night.

Don’t Drink the Water!

To keep your outdoor water wall in good condition, some maintenance is necessary. If the water wall is exposed to sunlight for a long time, algae will form. Therefore, the water wall should be preferably placed or constructed in a shaded location, away from direct sunlight. Using distilled water for the water wall, instead of tap water, also reduces the build-up of algae.

The water wall should also be cleaned regularly, preferably every month, with a small amount of chlorine bleach or oxygen bleach. If you have pets around, however, it is better to use a non-toxic substitute, just in case the family pet decides to take a sip.

Another thing to watch out for is evaporation. Because the water is constantly moving, some of it turns into vapour. This also means that the water wall’s reservoir needs to be refilled at least once a week, especially in hot and dry weather. The pumping system may also need to be replaced after it wears out. Replacement and installation costs may vary, depending on the type of motor.

Water walls provide a stylish, space-saving alternative to much larger water features. With a little ingenuity, they can be customised to become calming yet attractive centrepieces that will delight both I&P residents and their visitors.

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