How to Quiet the Noise in a Fountain Pump


Outdoor water fountains often add an extra sense of beauty and personalization to your garden, entryway and outdoor living areas. Indoor water fountains provide an aesthetically pleasing touch of nature to your indoor living spaces. Besides adding an extra touch of beauty to your surroundings, the sounds of running water can create a soothing atmosphere. However, water fountain pumps can emit less-than-pleasing noises on occasion and shatter the relaxed atmosphere. When that occurs, some adjustments are necessary.

Things You'll Need

  • Bucket or pitcher
  • Water
  • Sponge or rubber matting
  • Turn the water fountain pump off and unplug it.

  • Locate the water fountain pump. Inspect the water level. If the pump is not fully submerged, it draws air into the pump. Noises occur as the air moves through the pump.

  • Add water to the fountain base if the water level is too low.

  • Adjust the pump's position if necessary. If it is not sitting on its base properly, it can pull air into the pump.

  • Set the noisy water fountain pump away from the sides of the fountain. If the pump is vibrating against the side of the basin, it will cause noise.

  • Place a thin, spongy material or rubber matting under the pump to minimize the pump's vibrations against the bottom of the basin.

  • Dry your hands and plug the pump in. Turn the pump on and off a few times to clear the air out of the tubing and pump.

Tips & Warnings

  • Do not allow a pump to continue running if it is not fully submerged; the pump can burn out.
  • Do not put your hands in water until the electric current is cut off from the water fountain pump. Water conducts electricity and you can receive a serious, or fatal, electric shock.

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