How to Quiet a Fountain Pump: 6 Essential Tips (With Videos!)

A water fountain can be a wonderfully aesthetic addition to your home, providing a relaxing and peaceful atmosphere. After all, the sound coming from a quiet water stream has always symbolized peace of mind. However, if the fountain pump goes bad, that peaceful sound can turn into annoying noise. There are a few common reasons why this happens:

  • the water level is too low
  • the volume of water flow is too high
  • the pump is vibrating against the basin

These are common problems, but they are easy to fix and chances are that you won’t be needing a handyman. Here is a quick fix for reducing water pump noise.

1. Locate the pump and turn it off or unplug it

2. Submerge the pump fully in water

Examine the pump. It should be fully submerged in water. If it’s exposed to air, it can pull air inside which can cause extra noise. The easiest fix is to simply add water to the fountain basin until the pump is fully submerged.

3. Prevent the pump from touching the fountain basin

Your pump might be vibrating against the bottom or the side of the fountain basin, creating additional noise. Some pumps have suction cups or anti-vibration feet already, but even then the vibrations can be a problem.

Placing a soft item like a sponge, cloth or a cleaning pad between the side or the bottom of the fountain and the pump will minimize these vibrations.

The best choice according to many people are these OXO Silicone Drying Mats (link to Amazon). Simply place one under the pump and you’ll notice a significant reduction in noise. To further reduce the vibrational sound, you can place another mat on top of the main one, and seal the deal with these small sound dampening pads. You can see this mat and pads “in action” in this video (from around 1:25 mark):

4. Lower the water volume

If the speed of water flowing through the pump is too great, the pump will be noisier. Lower the volume of water flowing through your pump. There is usually a switch on the pump that allows you to adjust the volume.

5. Replace dirty and clogged pump filters regularly

The pump filter is there to remove dust, dirt and debris, making the water clean in the process. But this dirt collects in the filter and after some time it can reduce the flow of water and make the pump noisier.

It is recommended to replace the pump filter every two to four weeks. Additionally, check for any hair and other obstructions that may be clogging the pump and preventing optimal performance.

Here’s a fountain pump cleaning tutorial:

6. Invest in a quiet fountain pump

If you’ve had the same pump for a long time, the natural wear and tear of vital components could be the main cause of the noise. Consider replacing your current fountain pump with a quieter model.

My top recommendation is VIVOSUN Ultra-Quiet Water pump. It’s a 800GPH submersible fountain pump(3000L/H, 24W). It has a 5 feet power cord and 3 nozzles for fish tank, pond, aquarium, statuary, hydroponics. With currently over 500 customer reviews and a 4.5 rating on Amazon it’s arguably the best choice for a quiet fountain experience.


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