How to Clean Solar Fountains [the Right Way]

By Kami Turky


If you have a solar fountain, then you know that it’s important to keep it clean.

Not only does this keep the water looking clear and beautiful, but it also prevents the build-up of algae and other contaminants that can damage the pump.

In this blog post, we will discuss how to clean a solar fountain the right way.

We’ll go over the supplies you’ll need, as well as the steps you should take to prevent algae growth and keep your fountain looking beautiful all year long!

Step 1: Turn off the Solar Fountain & Remove the Solar Pump

Before you start cleaning your solar fountain, it’s important to turn off the power.

This will prevent the pump from being damaged while you’re cleaning it.

To do this, simply find the power switch on the back of the solar pump and flip it to the “off” position.

Step 2: Empty the Fountain

Once the pump is removed, you can now empty the fountain.

To do this, simply tip the fountain over and pour the water out into a bucket or drain.

Be sure to empty the entire fountain, as you don’t want any water left sitting in it while you’re cleaning.

Step 3: Clean the Fountain Basin

Now that the fountain is empty, it’s time to clean the basin.

You can start by hosing down the inside of the basin to remove any dirt or debris.

Once you’ve done this, you can use a mild soap and a scrub brush to clean the basin.

Step 4: Add a Cleaning Solution

This step is important to kill any algae or bacteria that may be present in the fountain.

To do this, simply mix a solution of one part white vinegar with one part water.

Once the solution is mixed, you can pour it into the fountain and let it sit for 15 minutes.

Step 5: Rinse the Fountain

After the cleaning solution has had a chance to work, it’s time to rinse the fountain. To do this, simply hose down the inside of the fountain to remove any residue.

Next, use a clean cloth to wipe down the solar powered fountain basin, then let it air dry.

Step 6: Clean the Pump’s Solar Panel

Now, we will start cleaning the actual solar pump.

To clean the solar panel, you can use a soft cloth and a mild soap.

Be sure to avoid using any abrasive cleaners, as this can damage the solar panel.

Also, make sure to not scratch the solar panel while you’re cleaning it.

Once you’ve cleaned the solar panel, you can rinse it off with clean water and let it air dry.

Step 7: Clean the Pump

The next step is to clean the solar pump itself.

You can start by removing:

  1. The Pump Filter: This is located on the front of the pump and can be removed by unscrewing the cap.
  2. The Rotor: This is the part of the pump that spins and is located inside the pump housing.
  3. The Gland: This is what connects the rotor to the shaft and is located at the back of the pump.
Solar fountain pump components
Solar fountain pump components by Teamson

After removing these parts, simply rinse them off with clean water and let them air dry.

Once you’ve done this, you can use mild soap and a soft brush to clean the pump housing, then rinse it off with clean water.

Step 8: Reassemble the Solar Fountain Pump

Now that you’ve cleaned the solar fountain, it’s time to put everything back together.

To do this, simply reattach the pump filter, rotor, and gland, then screw the cap back on.

Once everything is back in place, you can turn on the power switch and enjoy your clean solar fountain!


How Often Should You Clean Solar Fountains?

It’s generally recommended that you clean your solar fountain at least once every 3 months.

However, if you live in an area with hard water or if there is a lot of algae growth, you may need to clean it more often.

Can You Use Bleach to Clean Solar Fountains?

It’s not recommended to use any harsh chemicals, such as bleach, to clean solar fountains.

These chemicals can damage the pump and solar panel, and may even be harmful to any plants or animals that come into contact with the water.

What’s the Best Way to Prevent Algae Growth in Solar Fountains?

The best way to prevent algae growth is to clean the fountain on a regular basis.


Cleaning solar fountains is important to keep them working properly and looking their best.

By following the steps in this guide, you can easily clean your solar fountain and keep it looking like new.

If you have any questions about cleaning solar fountains, please feel free to leave a comment below.

Kami Turky

Kami is a solar engineer with nearly a decade of experience in researching, testing, and reviewing various solar products. He has also provided technical consultation to several organizations on the best ways to incorporate solar energy into their operations. When he’s not busy helping others find the best solar solutions, Kami enjoys spending time outdoors, hiking, camping, and exploring the natural wonders of his home state.

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