When Mr. Quinton Hammontree, who manages the Steeplechase HOA fountains in Overland Park, Kansas, discovered that the existing fountain wasn’t working and the maintenance and service were difficult, he called Air-O-Lator.
“I had heard of Air-O-Lator from a landscaping company,” Quinton said. “The fountains were simple to use, and at a better price. So, I contacted Roy (Air-O-Lator CEO), and he came out and suggested some options.”
The pond consistently had problems with algae, so Roy talked to Quinton about efficient options. Quinton wanted options that provided aesthetics and aeration to reduce algae. They settled on a one horsepower Carnival unit with a light kit, to create an inviting fountain day and night.
Easy maintenance was a big selling point for Quinton. “Roy was easy to work with, and the maintenance is really easy,” he said. “I just pull the fountain out of the pond.”
With the old fountain, Quinton and his team had to take the entire fountain out. It cost Steeplechase HOA about $500 a year just for maintenance, $250 of which was having their former fountain provider take out the fountain, perform maintenance, and put it back in the pond. “Now, I can do that myself,” Quinton said.
The algae in the pond at Steeplechase has decreased. “The fountain is definitely helping,” Quinton said. “It’s good to have that water circulation and stir up the chemicals and help the fish. It’s better for sure than what it was last year. I don’t know a lot about fountains, but the concept is simple. This new Air-O-Lator fountain has never clogged because they use propellers rather than suction units.”
At Steeplechase, the property had one large pond and a smaller pond that leads into the larger pond. There was no treatment in the lower pond, which led to a concentration of nitrates and bio-organisms that created problems. So, Roy suggested an aerator and fountain, one for aeration and another for aesthetics.
Quinton said the customer service that Roy provided was immensely helpful. Roy wanted to come out and inspect the area. He visited Quinton and his team three times. Roy wanted to look at the pond itself for an initial suggestion. Then, he came out with the install and for the electrical set up. When ducks tried to nest on the light kit and got into the wiring, Roy came out to fix that too.
“Roy told me everything,” Quinton said. “Some of these fountain guys are like used car salesmen, but Roy wasn’t like that. He’s honest and told me which things I could fix now and what I could put off till later.”