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Tips on Removing Suds from your Outdoor Water Feature at your Northern Virginia Home

You may be surprised to know that outdoor water features can develop suds naturally from organic compounds deposited in the water. Or you may wake up one day and find that some neighborhood pranksters have squirted some dish soap or bubble bath into your water feature, causing a large clean-up project. Removing the suds from your outdoor water feature at your Northern Virginia home can be done with store bought chemicals made specifically for this purpose – or you may be able to take care of the problem with some of the things you most likely have around the house.

Natural suds that have been deposited in the water from bacteria, plants or animals can be removed with non-toxic foam removers. The reason for the natural suds is the film that the organic material leaves on top of the water. The water going through the filter, water fall or any pressurized hose, churns the film into suds. Removing this film will remove the suds. To do so, gently lay large beach towels spread out on the water's surface to soak up the suds and the film that is causing it. An old foam mattress topper will work like a sponge which will also soak up the film and suds when laid across the water's surface. You can also try Foam for Fountains or Crystal Clear Foam B Gone - these products dissolve the substances that are causing the problem. They can be used safely on the water feature for you Northern Virginia home.

If you've got soapy suds, chances are you have white foam overflowing from you water feature. You can usually pick up this type of foam with a pool skimmer. Skim all of the foam off the water into an open sheet or tarp, and dump it someplace where it won't hurt the other plants in your yard.

You can also quickly remove the suds with a wet vac, by skimming over the top with the vacuum hose. The canister will compress the suds so you can clean a good amount up before having to dump it out -just be careful not to get too much water with the foam, or you'll be emptying that wet vac canister more times than necessary.

Some common food items can help to remove the suds from both natural and soap sources. Regular table salt sprinkled over the top of the suds will make the suds dissipate on contact. You can also use vinegar; pour some in the water and let it sit for an hour or so. You only need one bottle to do a small pond, and just a capful for a fountain. The only downside is that your water feature will have a vinegar smell for a day or so.

Please note: if you have fish or plant life in your water feature, check with the experts for their recommendations before adding anything into the water to dissolve the suds. Even though most of these techniques are safe to use, the life in your water feature could be in jeopardy if you use too much of an additive. It is best to double check.

For more information about caring for the water features at your Northern Virginia home, contact Lost Creek Landscapes. Providing full landscape design services, Lost Creek Landscapes has served the Northern Virginia region since 1997 and is fully licensed and insured in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington DC.