Steps on How to Clean an Automatic Waterer


Automatic waterers do well to save us the stress of feeding our pets and livestock from time to time, it also ensures they get the water required for their daily needs. However, as they take in water from these automatic waterer, don’t you think it is necessary to clean them from time to time?

Why is cleaning an automatic waterer necessary? Cleaning an automatic waterer is necessary because these feeding bowls could become dirty after prolonged use and could lead to your pets or livestock taking in contaminated water, which could affect their health adversely.

clean automatic waterer

Anytime spring comes, more cleaning is required. I recommend that cleaning an automatic waterer is done at least once every three days. The more frequent your cleaning is, the easier your cleanings in the future will be. We’ve heard various requests and questions regarding tips and steps on how to clean an automatic waterer. Join me as we go through the process

What is an Automatic Waterer?

Automatic waterers can be referred to as a piece of standard equipment found on most farms due to their efficiency and convenience. They also help you get on with your daily activities knowing fully well that your pets, livestock, chickens, will not lack water. Some of the common waterers of today include low energy, electrically heated, and alternate energy.

Cleaning an Automatic Waterer

Automatic waterers serve us the right way and if it is not properly taken care of, cleaned from time to time, it may result in something else. So many people don’t know how to clean their automatic waterers; however, we will be going through the steps. Follow whichever suits your waterer.

Steps on how to Clean an Automatic Waterer

Below are the tips required for cleaning an automatic waterer. We will be focusing on Ritchie Waterers, so one way or the other, your waterer will be similar to this. Tools required for the process include a towel or scrub brush. To clean more effectively, you can make use of animal-safe cleaners.

The EcoFount Series

This EcoFount series comes with a cover that helps in preventing debris from being blown into the trough. This goes a long way when cleaning the trough, which is made from stainless steel.

  • Step One: Take off the wingnuts and then open the cover
  • Step Two: Remove the floating disc(s)
  • Step Three: Remove the overflow pipe or the drain plug; this will allow the water to drain.
  • One tip here is to hold the float in an upward position to ensure water doesn’t run as trough drains. The water to the unit can also be shut off, if the waterer you have, has its shut off valve installed underneath it.
  • Step Four: Wipe or scrub the trough clean by draining the debris through the drain hole
  • Step Five: As the trough is rinsed, allow the water to keep running. If the water source was turned off earlier, now is the time to turn it back on.
  • Step Six: Now, replace the drain
  • Step Seven: Get the floating disc(s) replaced
  • Step Eight: Next is to lower the trough and secure it with wingnuts.

Watch this YouTube video to learn more:

Cleaning the Opening the Trough Units – WaterMatic, OmniFount, CattleMaster, WaterMaster series

The OmniFount series and the CattleMaster series were specially designed with 100% insulated poly casing as well as a trough made from stainless steel with heat coverage. The WaterMaster and the WaterMatic series come in one piece and they are all plastic units. In northern climates, they can have optional heat. To carry out frequent, quick cleaning, simply follow these steps.

  • Step One: Take off the chamber cover
  • Step Two: Go to the chamber’s top and clean the debris present in its water seal groove
  • Step Three: Detach the drain plug. Tip: Hold the float in an upward position to ensure water doesn’t run as trough drains. The water to the unit can also be shut off, if the waterer you have, has its shut off valve installed underneath it.
  • Step Four: Wipe or scrub the trough clean by draining the debris through the drain hole
  • Step Five: As the trough is rinsed, allow the water to keep running. If the water source was turned off earlier, now is the time to turn it back on.
  • Step Six: Get the drain plug replaced and then tighten its wingnut if it is necessary
  • Step Seven: Replace the cover of the valve chamber and then fill up the waterer

If you have installed an optional heat in either the WaterMaster or WaterMatic series units, take off the immersion heater and then wipe it clean and store it.

Stall Fount Series

The Stall Fount series comes with a corner mount, waterer made of 304 stainless steel, and a flush mount. The whole combination is made of 100% stainless steel and insulated plastic waterers.

Stall Fount

If your waterer is similar to this model, please follow these steps to clean them

  • Step One: The bolt securing the flip should be unscrewed to help access the cover
  • Step Two: Detach the drain plug. There may be a need to get an additional tool to help push up the plug into the trough
  • Step Three: Hold the float in an upward position to ensure water doesn’t run or flow
  • Step Four: Allow the trough to drain. Make use of a bucket to collect the water if required
  • Step Five:  Wipe or scrub the trough clean by draining the debris through the drain hole
  • Step Six: Now, release the float and then release the water to flow to help rinse the trough
  • Step Seven: Replace the drain trough and then let the trough fill up
  • Step Eight: Use a bolt to secure the access cover
Stall Fount Two

If your automatic waterer follows the stall fount two model, then follow these steps.

  • Step One: Unbolt the stainless steel ring and remove it
  • Continue with steps two to eight above for the stall fount

All Covered Units Made from 100% Plastic – Thrifty king for Swine and Thrifty King Series

Cleaned plastic waterer
Thrifty King

Under proper circumstances, the Thrifty King Series will work energy-free; however, you may add extra heat if needed. This series requires removing the whole red cover to ensure proper cleaning.

  • Step One: Take off the chamber cover
  • Step Two: Go to the chamber’s top and clean the debris present in its water seal groove
  • Step Three: Remove the bolts to Take off the whole red top
  • Step Four: From beneath the red top, clean the debris present in the water seal groove
  • Step Five: Detach the drain plug. The pressure of water intake may need extra tools to help push this drain plug inside the trough. If necessary, make use of a broomstick handle or dowel to help in pushing the drain plug. Tip: Hold the float in an upward position to ensure water doesn’t run as trough drains. The water to the unit can also be shut off, if the waterer you have, has its shut off valve installed underneath it
  • Step Six: As the trough is rinsed, allow the water to keep running. If the water source was turned off earlier, now is the time to turn it back on.
  • Step Seven: Get the drain plug replaced
  • Step Eight: As the tank gets filled, replace the red top cover as well as that of the red valve chamber.
Thrifty King for Swine
  • Step One: Unbolt the red cover and remove it
  • Next, follow the above steps 5 to 8
  • Then replace the red top as the trough fills

Related Questions

How do automatic waterers work? Automatic waterers can be referred to as a piece of standard equipment found on most farms due to their efficiency and convenience. They are made up of a heated bowl as well as an insulated base. This heated bowl fills with water automatically. The level of water present in the bowl is controlled by the float-operated valve.

How do you make your horse drink from an automatic waterer? Making your horse drink from an automatic waterer could be difficult for some horse owners. After installing the waterer, take away all other sources of water. Then take your horse to your automatic waterer and push the paddle on. Rub your horse’s nose with some water and then take your leave. Horses are known to be curious and it will take maybe an hour before they figure it out.

Conclusion

As we have learned in this article, cleaning an automatic waterer is very important. It will feel so bad, getting to know that your pet, livestock, chicken, etc. is getting sick, all because their waterers were contaminated due to lack of washing. Doing this, once every three days or earlier would be okay. We have taken our time to outline the steps on how to clean one as well as tips and tools required. If you have not been taking this seriously, I think you should start doing this henceforth, and you will surely be making the smartest move.

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